All wheel drive is finally coming to the Lexus ES sedan, with the 203 horsepower ES 250 AWD set to arrive at dealerships later this year. The ES 250 AWD is powered by a 203 horsepower 4-cylinder engine, with an estimated fuel economy of 28 combined MPG. A F SPORT package will also be offered.
Here’s the Lexus press release explaining the new AWD system:
Dynamic Torque Control AWD can provide effective traction for inclement and slippery weather while minimizing AWD’s typical drag on fuel economy. The system can direct up to 50 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels, in response to acceleration from a start or slippage at the front wheels.
When AWD isn’t needed, the electromagnetic controlled coupling on the rear drive axle can disengage the propeller shaft to help prioritize fuel efficiency. The AWD is designed to re-engage in an instant, when needed, and its operation is transparent to the driver and passengers.