News Roundup: Lexus and Tesla’s first pure EV crashes at 133 km/h

Plus photos of the face and interior of the 2024 Mustang also leaked this week

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Welcome to our largest collection of news stories on Driving.ca from last week. Stuck and ready to start the weekend, as it’s hard to keep up with digital traffic jams.

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First look at Lexus RZ 450e 2023

2023 Lexus RZ 450e
2023 Lexus RZ 450e Photo by Lexus

It’s easy enough to compare Lexus’ first electric vehicle, the 2023 RZ 450e, with the Toyota BZ4X — they share the same e-TNGA platform and the same wheelbase — but the entry-level Lexus EV has a lot to note in the contrast column, too. Performance-wise, there’s the presence of 150-kW and 80-kW electric motors which combine to produce what we expect will produce nearly 100 horsepower and 72 lb-ft more torque than the Toyota 80-kW combo. Inside, Lexus has installed materials such as wood grain and ultrasuede, a 14-inch touchscreen, and includes “expressive” cabin sounds to match driver input. The 2023 RZ 450e will be available for purchase near the end of the year.

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Tesla stuck at 133 km/h after touchscreen stuck on Cali highway

The Tesla Model 3 had some issues with its power conversion system.
The Tesla Model 3 had some issues with its power conversion system.

A Tesla Model 3 driver in California finds himself in something that Speed recent situation… minus the bus, the bomb, and Keanu Reeves. Javier Rodriguez told KABC Los Angeles that the vehicle’s computer began to malfunction while he was driving on Interstate 10 near Palm Springs, leaving the touchscreen and accelerator unresponsive, and the vehicle is stuck at a speed of 133 kilometers per hour. “I get nervous if I brake too much that I won’t be able to pick up any more speed to keep up with the traffic and get past the cars,” he said. “I was afraid someone would bump into me.” California police were able to help Rodriguez stop the car safely without damaging the vehicle.

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Toyota for SUV-ify sedan Crown

Toyota Corolla Cross 2022
Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 Photo by Elliot Alder

The Crown has been an important car for Toyota for more than seven decades, and now rumors have it that the brand will become overhauling the iconic sedan in an SUV format. Reuters cites three unnamed sources claiming that hybrid, PHEV, and full EV models are in the works, with hybrids set to hit North American and Chinese markets in 2023, followed by PHEVs in Japan, and finally a fully electric model in 2020. year 2024. , TBD goal. Toyota declined to comment on the speculation.

Bronco stuck in a Maine sandbar, drenched in seawater

Ford Bronco stuck in a sandbar, flooded by the ocean for several days
Ford Bronco stuck in a sandbar, flooded by the ocean for several days Photo by EveryDayDrones /Youtube

You can take your horse to the water, but you shouldn’t leave it in your drink. A 2021 Ford Bronco owner came out for a run in the wet sands of Bar Harbor, Maine, found his pony suddenly immobile and then jumped into the saltwater. Several days of ground crane attempts proved futile (watch one of them here), with the 4X4 tires too locked and too deep in the wet foundation to move. The Bronco was eventually brought to safety after a diver installed a flotation device under the car to help remove it.

Leaked face photo of the 2024 Mustang

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A number of leaked images, via Steeda Autosports and Ford Authority, provide a partner never-before-seen angles on a Ford Mustang 2024. An exterior shot of the S650’s internally-titled chassis shows a neat front end with tri-segmented headlights and different shaped corner vents from the previous model. The crest inside, meanwhile, reveals a push starter, volume knob, restyled shifter, and a flat steering wheel. The soft-top Ford Mustang and 2024 coupe are expected to debut next year.

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