2023 Lexus RZ 450e shows off interior revealing Yoke-style steering wheel

The long wait for Lexus’ first-ever dedicated electric model is nearly over as the Japanese automaker announced today that it will fully unveil the 2023 RZ 450e on April 20, 2022. And that’s not all we have today. Today, as Lexus also dropped the first image of the electric crossover’s cabin revealing a Tesla Yoke-style steering wheel (or Knight Rider, if you prefer).

The RZ 450e was introduced in December 2021 as a precursor to Lexus’ electric lineup, with more photos of the production-ready exterior in February 2022. However, this is the first time we’ve seen the cabin that looks like an evolution of the LF-Z Electrified concept car.

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Arguably the highlight is the yoke-style (drive by wire system) steering wheel, but we also notice the rather compact digital instrument cluster and a large infotainment touchscreen on the center console that is angled towards the driver. We can also see the raised center console and premium looking materials.

The exterior is toned down from the concept even though it retains an aerodynamic silhouette. The face is characterized by the fully covered tapered grille and the familiar Lexus headlights. The profile is intensely sculpted while the rear features a steeply raked rear windshield, integrated spoiler and full-width LED taillights.

The RZ 450e will be Lexus’ first model to be based on the Toyota Group’s dedicated electric vehicle e-TNGA platform, shared with Toyota’s own bZ4x and its Subaru twin, the Solterra. Following Lexus’ more premium approach, the model will be positioned upmarket compared to its siblings in terms of design, technical features and performance in order to compete with the tastes of the Tesla Model Ythe Ford Mustang Mach-Ethe Audi Q4 e-tron Sportbackand the Genesis GV60.

The powertrain will consist of two electric motors offering all-wheel drive in combination with Lexus’ new Direct4 system, which focuses on performance and driving dynamics. The concept featured a 90kWh lithium-ion battery offering a range of 600km (373 miles), so we’d expect similar specs from the production model. Note that the mechanically-related Toyota bZ4x comes with a WLTP range of 516 km (321 miles).

We’ll learn more about the Lexus RZ 450e when it debuts digitally on Wednesday, April 20 at 6:00 a.m. EST via a dedicated website at Discoverlexus.com/reveal.

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