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The SUV is an awd configuration and most of the Lexus sedans are RWD only. The hybris system as I understand will be powering the front wheels and petrol the rear on the Highlander.
Um, it sounds rather odd to directly power any wheels with the petrol engine with a Toyota hybrid design. Do you have a source for this?
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I'm pretty sure that the Toyota and Lexus websites show electric motors on all 4 wheels. That also enables traction control as each motor can be controlled independently.
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Too bad Lexus is only launching an SUV hybrid rather than a sedan that might actually get decent mileage.

Ford bought a drivetrain from Toyota for the Escape SUV, and Toyota probably helped Ford with the engineering retrofit. From a money point-of-view, it makes sense to apply the same "free" design to a Toyata SUV.
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