Check out the steer-by-wire yoke on the Lexus RZ 450e
Ahead of its start of production this fall, Lexus continues to share more previews of its RZ 450e electric SUV and its exciting steering-by-wire system. Prior to the start of consumer test drives, some media were able to get behind the
wheel yoke of the Lexus RZ 450e and document the drive. Watch the video below.
Lexus exists as a subsidiary of Toyota, so it’s no surprise that the Japanese luxury carmaker has been slow to join the all-electric revolution. Toyota has slowly but surely changed its mind (reluctantly) when it comes to BEVs, but has started delivering its first BEV model – the bZ4X – although you might want to wait a bit to buy one while Toyota works the folds.
One of the neat things about the bZ4X is Toyota’s decision to offer yoke steering as an option, similar to what Tesla did with its latest Model S and Model X electric vehicles. However, Toyota has addressed some of the problems with this feature by connecting it to a cable steering system rather than a traditional column like the one used by Tesla.
Following problems experienced by Tesla drivers when using the new fork steering, particularly at low speeds, CEO Elon Musk confirmed that the US automaker was working on progressive steering, but said he would years remained.
Part of Toyota’s electrification strategy has included new BEV models from its luxury brand Lexus, the first of which included the RZ 450e, which was originally unveiled last April. At the time, we learned that the all-electric SUV would also come with yoke steering.
Now, as the RZ 450e nears full-scale production, we get a better look at the yoke steering in action, and it looks like fun as hell – like driving in a video game.
Check out this video of the Lexus RZ 450e yoke in action
Partly because of the Toyota family tree, the Lexus RZ 450e shares much of the same EV DNA with the Toyota bZ4X, including the 71.4kWh battery, as well as some similarities to the Subaru Solterra (although we probably won’t see a yoke in that one).
The initial RZ 450e digital brochure made no mention of yoke steering or a steering-by-wire system, but we’ve since learned that the yoke will be an available option, and the decision to connect it via wire rather than column could prove very effective in attracting customers looking to mimic hot laps in their new electric SUV.
According to Lexus, the RZ 450e is scheduled for release in late November 2022. Until then, check out this Maciej Pawelec steer-by-wire system review on the YouTube channel 1001cars:
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