Lexus debuts high-performance LBX Morizo RR Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon 

12 January 2024
  • 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 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’s 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.

The LBX Morizo RR Concept is powered by a turbocharged and intercooled in-line three-cylinder engine that delivers a maximum 300bhp/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. 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 
Length (mm) 4,190 
Width (mm) 1,845 (+20) 
Height (mm) 1,535 (-10) 
Engine code G16E-GTS 
Type In-line 3-cylinder with turbocharger and intercooler 
Max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW @ rpm) 300/305/224 @ 6,500 
Max. torque (Nm @ rpm) 400 @ 3,250 – 4,600 
Type Direct Shift 8-speed automatic 
Drivetrain Electronically controlled full-time AWD 
Size 235/45R19 
Front MacPherson strut 
Rear Double wishbone 
Front/rear Ventilated discs 
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 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 steel-look front fender 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. 


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Lexus debuts high-performance LBX Morizo RR Concept at the Tokyo Auto Salon 



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