Lexus goes high performance with LBX Morizo RR concept

Lexus has raised the revs on performance with the exciting LBX Morizo RR Concept, revealed at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Based on the brand’s new urban SUV, it’s powered by a compact, high-output, 1.6-litre three-cylinder (G16E-GTS) petrol engine.

That’s paired with an intercooler and turbocharger, producing 224kW and 400Nm. Now if that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the same engine you’ll find in the next-gen GR Yaris, also unveiled at the same event.

Power is put to the road by a Direct Shift 8-speed automatic transmission and electronically-controlled full-time all-wheel drive to offer plenty of grip, dynamic precision and driving thrills.

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The concept is inspired by master driver and Toyota Motor Corporation Chairman Akio Toyoda, aka Morizo, who says he wanted a spot in his garage for an everyday luxury Lexus that didn’t need to be big in size, but needed to be big on fun.

The distinctive front and rear bumpers stamp the Morizo RR Concept as a special type of LBX, while contributing to superior air flow. Extended wheel arch mouldings add 20mm of width for a muscular on-road stance, housing darkened multi-spoke 19-inch alloys.

Wrapped in 235/45 section rubber and with brake callipers painted in an eye-catching yellow hue, the wheels add extra impact to a vehicle that has been lowered by 10mm for a reduced centre of gravity and improved dynamics.

Stylish yellow accents are also evident on the upper edge of the spindle grille, which itself features a mesh pattern painted black. Further exterior enhancements include piano black door mouldings.

The LBX Morizo RR Concept is presented in dark grey Sonic Chrome, complementing the darkened exterior elements while offsetting the contrasting yellow front moulding and brake callipers. Seatbelts are also yellow.

Lexus is yet to confirm when a production version of the LBX Morizo RR Concept will be offered, but like most of our readers, we’re hoping it becomes a reality.

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