The Toyota and Lexus manufacturers, which belong to the joint group of corporations, introduced the parts of the brand new era mannequin household independently, however on the similar time, the primary member of which, a mid-range leisure car, could possibly be launched in Europe subsequent 12 months.
The e-TNGA floorboard might be scalable in the identical means as its counterparts for inner combustion engines, but it surely has been developed particularly for electrical vehicles: any axle may be powered (electrical), together with variable wheelbase, the quantity and complete capability of battery cells may be diversified.
Toyota is the primary to drag a leisure car onto the e-TNGA floorboard, and Lexus seems to be getting ready for it, though the preview pictures envisioned by Lexus flashed 100 instances extra elegant, streamlined than the slightly bumford mannequin seen within the manufacturing facility spy pictures.
Much more essential, nevertheless, is a system known as Direct4, which covers electrical all-wheel drive with variable torque distribution. Purely front-wheel drive with 50:50 torque distribution may be achieved by controlling the electrical motors mounted on the axles, however as much as 80 p.c of the driving drive may be returned – both as supposed by the motive force, as within the GR Yaris, or with computerized management by an ultra-advanced stability management system.
So Direct4 is admittedly one thing like driving a Pom-Pom: within the blink of an eye fixed, it could fluctuate the character of vehicles from protected understeer to aggressive oversteer.
The good benefit of Direct4 is that it may be used not solely with cordless electrical but additionally with hybrid powertrains, as Toyota / Lexus all-wheel-drive hybrids have already got an electrical motor on each axles.