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Toyota’s Lexus touts ‘incredible’ driving dynamics of RZ electric crossover

The first Lexus comprehensive-electrical car or truck on Toyota’s e-TNGA system will be the RZ — a reduced-slung crossover.

The RZ will use 4-wheel-generate technologies to “provide an engaging and worthwhile on-road driving experience, establishing a new reference in the phase,” Lexus Europe head Spiros Fotinos said.

A person of the several complex facts Lexus released about the RZ was the car’s all-wheel-generate method, which is known as “Direct4.” The method controls the electrical motor on just about every axle to change among front-, rear-wheel generate or all-wheel generate “in a blink of an eye,” Fotinos said.

The method will provide “incredible cornering and road holding general performance” he added.

The RZ will also have the steer-by-wire method currently shown in the impending Toyota bZ4X comprehensive-electrical crossover, which also takes advantage of the e-TNGA system.

The steer-by-wire method will allow for Lexus to use a related ‘yoke’ model steering wheel as the bZ4X that can change ratios to give sensitive steering at substantial speed and less turns throughout reduced-speed maneuvers.

“The profit is that the steering wheel does not have to be spherical anymore, and is not basically as a gimmick,” Fotinos said in an apparent nod to Tesla, which has equipped a yoke wheel in the new Model S without the need of variable ratio steering.

The various shape of the steering wheel will give drivers a clearer sight of devices. “This will allow for us to go even even more in our Tazuna cockpit design and style philosophy, grouping all commands in the line of sight of the driver to enhance protection and usefulness,” Fotinos said throughout a media event in Brussels on Tuesday.