Lexus has its eye on an electric future, but the automaker is making sure performance and efficiency won’t suffer for a greener powertrain. This was evident in its LF-30 electrified concept car, which debuted last year at the Canadian International Auto Show.
But, what exactly is propelling the automaker’s ability to create powerful and efficient electrified models? It’s a technology Lexus calls DIRECT4.
The DIRECT4 system helps a vehicle deliver precise performance. Balance is optimized as the system toggles between rear- and four-wheel drive capabilities. A feat made possible since each e-axle features a transaxle and electric motor. One driveshaft controls each motor for immediate responsiveness.
The new system will offer drivers an engaging experience while still prioritizing their comfort and safety. It is the goal of Lexus and Lexus Electrified Chief Engineer Takashi Watanabe that Lexus Electrified technology allows drivers to feel more in harmony with their vehicles. This hope builds upon another directive, already in the works, “Lexus Driving Signature,” which the automaker detailed in a news release:
“Lexus Driving Signature aims to provide drivers with a natural driving feel, a sense of unity with their vehicle, and the true comfort that comes from confidence, in a thoughtfully designed vehicle with the right balance of excitement and predictability.”
Both hybrid and 100 percent electric vehicles in the Lexus lineup will eventually utilize the DIRECT4 system as a vital component of the Lexus Electrified technology.
Contact Jordan Lexus of Mishawaka to learn more about the electrified future of Lexus or to check out the current lineup of Lexus models.