Working in tandem with the simulated 10-speed automatic transmission, DMI selects the optimum gear based on the driving environment and accelerator and brake pedal operation, to quickly match gear selection with the driver’s intention. The first hybrid vehicle to feature M-mode, it enables the driver to directly select and hold any gear using the paddle shift switches, to provide quick shift response to match their intention, for a dynamic hybrid sports driving experience.
The hybrid system’s V6 engine integrates advanced technologies that include Dual VVT-i (Intake side: VVT-iW) and D-4S fuel injection system. Lightweight components further contribute to both powerful driving and outstanding environmental performance. A focus on reducing friction losses in the engine helps boost peak output revolutions from 6000 to 6600rpm.*
The Multi Stage Hybrid System’s 10-speed shift control provides a direct acceleration feel that follows the increase in engine rpms, together with excellent shifting rhythm. The Multi Stage Shift Device varies the combined output of the engine and motor, amplifying engine power and increasing drive force by 24%. It utilizes engine speed in a wide range from low to high speeds, harnessing maximum engine output from 50km/h, as well as enabling high-speed driving at lower engine rpms for a quiet ride.
When braking or decelerating, kinetic energy which would otherwise be lost as heat is recovered by the high-output generator as electric energy. This is stored in the hybrid battery for later use when driving in EV-Drive Mode or accelerating hard.
With sufficient battery charge, EV-Drive Mode lets you drive at low speeds using just electric power. EV-Drive Mode is whisper quiet, emissions-free and consumes no fuel. It is suitable for driving in slow-moving traffic or residential areas at night, as well as tunnels or enclosed car parks.
The two-tier, 40-module Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) 288V battery is installed in the luggage compartment behind the rear seats. Its compact structure helps ensure there is ample trunk capacity.
With innovative D-4S (Direct injection 4 stroke gasoline engine Superior version) and Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent) technology, this highly efficient Atkinson Cycle engine is at the heart of the Full Hybrid. For exhilarating driving and exceptional environmental performance, Lexus Hybrid Drive intelligently combines gasoline and electric power. The result is a total system output of 341HP, together with reduced CO2 emissions.