Lexus puts safety up-front in all-new electric RZ

The Lexus RZ is the brand's first globally available all-electric executive model and the latest vehicle to be tested by Euro NCAP.

The tester said that the Lexus RZ, which shares its platform with the earlier tested Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, meets its expectations for all-around good crash protection for occupants representing a range of ages, heights, and sizes.

The car is also equipped with the latest crash avoidance systems and comes with several new active safety innovations. The RZ is the first car that Euro NCAP has rewarded for 'Child Presence Detection' technology under the latest 2023 rating regime.

Euro NCAP said the Lexus RZ performed well in full-scale crash tests and additional occupant protection evaluations, earning top marks in the side barrier test.

However, in the full-width rigid barrier test, chest protection was rated as weak for the rear passenger, and, in the side pole test, dummy readings of rib compression indicated a marginal level of protection.

More positively, to reduce the risk of occupant-to-occupant injuries in far-side crashes, the car also offers a standard centre airbag.

 

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