12
January
2024
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02:00
Europe/Amsterdam

LEXUS DEBUTS HIGH-PERFORMANCE LBX MORIZO RR CONCEPT AT THE TOKYO AUTO SALON

  • World-first presentation of the new LBX Morizo RR Concept at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon
  • Special performance-focused version of the new LBX compact crossover, developed with Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman and Master Driver Akio Toyoda – alias “Morizo”
  • 305 DIN hp/224 kW turbocharged and intercooled 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine with Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission and electronically controlled full-time all-wheel drive
  • Exclusive “Morizo” signature design details
  • Lexus booth also features an all-new GX 500 Overtrail JAOS version, customised with SUV aftermarket specialist JAOS

The LBX Morizo RR Concept makes its world debut today at the Tokyo Auto Salon, a reinterpretation of Lexus’ all-new compact crossover as a high-performance model that’s focused on driver engagement and rewards. At the same time, the concept preserves the essential high-quality driving experience and sophisticated design that are intrinsic to the brand

Adding another dimension to the LBX’s convention-breaking character, the concept model has been created with direct input from Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman and Master Driver Akio Toyoda – also known as “Morizo”. Chairman Toyoda gives a personal insight into the project in a short video that can be viewed on Lexus Europe Newsroom.

The LBX Morizo RR Concept is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled in-line three-cylinder engine that delivers a maximum 305 DIN hp/224 kW, driving all four wheels through an electronically controlled system and a Direct Shift eight-speed automatic transmission. All key elements of the car have been honed for performance, including packaging, body, suspension and tyres. To optimise aerodynamics, the development team applied technologies from the world of high-speed air racing..

In keeping with the theme of the Lexus and Toyota Gazoo Racing presence at the exhibition, the concept has been customised with unique details. Morizo’s signature yellow colour features in the plated moulding of the unified spindle grille, the brake callipers and the seatbelts. , which carry the Morizo RR logo. Other features include sports seats, alloy pedals and coloured wheel arch and rocker mouldings. The result is a car that embodies a sense of casual luxury and has the reassuring, rewarding quality of a trusted driving partner.

LBX Morizo RR Concept outline specifications

Base vehicle

Lexus LBX

DIMENSIONS

 

Length (mm)

4,190

Width (mm)

1,845 (+20)

Height (mm)

1,535 (-10)

ENGINE

 

Engine code

G16E-GTS

Type

In-line 3-cylinder with turbocharger and intercooler

Max. output (DIN hp/kW @ rpm)

305/224 @ 6,500

Max. torque (Nm @ rpm)

400 @ 3,250 – 4,600

TRANSMISSION

 

Type

Direct Shift 8-speed automatic

Drivetrain

Electronically controlled full-time AWD

WHEELS & TYRES

 

Wheels

Exclusive 19 inch alloy

Tyre size

235/45R19

SUSPENSION

 

Front

MacPherson strut

Rear

Double wishbone

BRAKES

 

Front/rear

18-inch ventilated disc/ 16-inch disc

COLOURS

 

Exterior

Sonic Chrome with Black

Interior

Ochre

 

GX 500 Overtrail “JAOS version”

The Lexus booth at the Tokyo Auto Salon also presents a special version of the forthcoming all-new GX, the GX 550 Overtrail “JAOS Version”.

The SUV – which in standard form will be introduced in Japan and selected Eastern European markets later this year – has a wealth of special features applied by Lexus and JAOS, leading suppliers of aftermarket parts for AWD vehicles. The result is enhanced driving capabilities on all terrains and a commanding, rugged appearance. Elements include a heavy duty-look front bumper that is actually made of strong, lightweight resin, protective wing garnishes, large mudguards, lift-up suspension and tube-style side steps.

With the GX and the Overtrail project, Lexus aims to help people enjoy outdoor lifestyle experiences that are in harmony with the natural world.