Lexus LBX Morizo RR Idea revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon

Lexus LBX Morizo RR Concept revealed at Tokyo Auto Salon

Lexus has revealed a excessive efficiency idea model of its LBX SUV. Referred to as the LBX Morizo RR Idea, its moniker is in reference to Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda’s nickname, who personally oversaw and signed off the idea’s growth main as much as the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon present.

In distinction to the manufacturing LBX’s hybrid-only engine vary, the idea options an uprated model of the turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine as discovered within the GR Yaris. It produces a peak energy determine of 300bhp (24bhp greater than the revised Yaris) with 400Nm of torque. Energy is distributed to all 4 wheels by way of the brand new eight-speed Direct Shift computerized transmission, which was additionally revealed alongside the new GR Yaris

Lexus says that every one the important thing dynamic attributes have been upgraded alongside the powertrain, together with a 20mm wider physique that envelops a much bigger set of 19-inch wheels, plus excessive efficiency tyres and brakes. The MacPherson strut entrance and multilink rear suspension has additionally been optimised for prime velocity functions, and sits 10mm decrease than normal. 

The LBX’s design has additionally been given a radical refresh, with distinctive entrance and rear bumpers, aspect skirts and rear wing. The Sonic Chrome exterior color is exclusive to the idea, and is contrasted with Morizo’s signature yellow color on the entrance grille, brake calipers and a little bit splash on the antenna. 

Lexus has not given any intention of bringing the idea into manufacturing as but, with the premium Japanese model as a substitute specializing in electrification for its subsequent technology of excessive efficiency fashions. This features a manufacturing model of the Lexus Electrified Sport Idea, that would see Lexus introduce expertise corresponding to a digital handbook transmission for its EVs. 

For now, although, we are able to solely surprise what a spread of small, excessive efficiency petrol-powered Lexus fashions like this LBX Morizo RR may very well be prefer to drive. If it’s something like a GR Yaris, it may very well be a superb little crossover.

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