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2023 Lexus RZ coming for BMW iX and Audi e-tron: New electric SUV teased ahead of reveal next year - but will it have 400kW and 600km of range?

The RZ is an all-new model for Lexus, and one which will be all-electric.

Lexus has given us a glimpse of its next all-new model, the all-electric RZ, which is expected to go tyre to tyre with a pair of zero-emissions large SUVs, the BMW iX and Audi e-tron.

Teased ahead of its official reveal in the first half of next year, the RZ is the series-production version of the LF-Z Electrified concept that was unveiled last March.

As such, while Lexus is withholding other RZ details for now, it’s likely to closely follow the LF-Z Electrified concept, not just in design, but also powertrain.

This could mean the RZ is offered with a 90kWh lithium-ion battery that provides 600km of WLTP-certified driving range – just like the LF-Z Electrified concept.

Better yet, the RZ is also in line to receive the LF-Z Electrified concept’s dual-motor set-up with all-wheel drive and torque vectoring. It produces a combined 400kW of power and 700Nm of torque for a zero-to-100km/h sprint time of three seconds flat.

Of course, the RZ is Lexus’ first standalone all-electric model and is, therefore, based on a dedicated platform, unlike the pioneering zero-emissions UX300e that’s heavily linked to the internal-combustion UX small SUV.

The architecture in question is likely parent company Toyota’s emerging e-TNGA underpinnings, which have already been used by its bZ4X mid-size SUV and the badge-engineered Subaru Solterra. Stay tuned to find out if that’s the case.