What Is Lexus Direct4 Technology and How Does It Work?
We're used to thinking of cars, SUVs and trucks as front-wheel-drive, rear-wheel-drive, or four-wheel-drive. But as the ranks of hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) grow, those distinctions might not matter as much.
Lexus offers a preview of that electrified future with its new Direct4 technology. When equipped with Direct4, Lexus vehicles will have a both a front and rear electric motor, while an electric drive control system continuously adjusts how much power and braking force goes to each of the four wheels. Depending on how the automaker applies its Direct4 technology, a Lexus EV could behave like a front-wheel-drive car in one moment and a rear-wheel-drive one in the next.