Lexus unveils Morizo RR: GR Yaris-powered LBX

During the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon, Lexus introduced the LBX Morizo RR concept, a high-performance iteration of the recently revealed LBX subcompact crossover. This variant enhances the LBX with an upgraded powertrain, complementing the model that became available in international markets, excluding the U.S., just last November.

The project sought guidance from Akio Toyoda, the ex-CEO of Toyota and driving force behind the company’s high-performance models, hence the adoption of his racing moniker Morizo for the concept. Featuring a hybrid powertrain with a 1.5-liter inline-3 and a sole electric motor, the standard LBX delivered 134 horsepower exclusively to the front wheels.

Featuring a boosted 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-3 sourced from the GR Yaris and GR Corolla, the Morizo RR concept now delivers an enhanced performance of 300 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Lexus, opting out of the hybrid system, introduces all-wheel drive and pairs it with an 8-speed automatic transmission, signaling a notable shift in the vehicle’s drivetrain dynamics.

Utilizing predictive software for efficient shifting, the Direct Automatic Transmission analyzes speed and deceleration g-forces, akin to intelligent transmissions. Additionally, it incorporates acceleration and braking data, enabling proactive anticipation of necessary shifts ahead of driver-initiated changes in behavior.

Lexus enhanced the suspension, tires, and brakes, although specific details about these upgrades were not extensively disclosed. Cosmetic alterations include a fresh front bumper integrating the Lexus spindle grille with corner air intakes, complemented by yellow accents on the grille and brake calipers.

No official announcements were made regarding the potential production of the LBX Morizo RR concept by Lexus. Even if a production model were to materialize, its arrival in the U.S. seems improbable given its compact size, measuring only 165.0 inches in length, making it 12.0 inches shorter than the Lexus UX, which is the brand’s smallest model available in the U.S. market.

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