Lexus has presented a “charged” crossover with a turbo engine from the GR Yaris. The Tokyo Motor Show in January 2024 became the site of the premiere of the car, which was rumored at the level of rumors last fall. The Lexus LBX Morizo RR Concept debuted as a concept car – a compact LBX crossover with a 1.6-liter G16E-GTS engine from the hot hatchback GR Yaris. Even Toyota President Akio Toyoda took part in the project, after whom the prototype of the “charged” crossover was named. Production prospects for the Lexus LBX Morizo RR Concept have not yet been announced.
The new Lexus LBX is built on the modular GA-B platform, the closest “relative” of which is the Toyota Yaris Cross – so installing a 1.6 turbo engine in the crossover did not cause any particular difficulties.
As a power unit, the company used a 305-horsepower engine from the updated GR Yaris, and in conjunction with a new 8-speed Direct Shift automatic transmission. Among other improvements, an upgraded suspension, a reinforced body, 19-inch wheels with new tires, as well as an aerodynamic body kit and sports accessories – a steering wheel, pedals and seat belts – were announced.
In honor of Akio Toyoda, who races under the name Morizo, the body and interior are decorated with yellow accents with Morizo RR logos. The Japanese automaker has no technical obstacles to turning the concept car into a limited version of the road-going “charged” crossover.