The Lexus LBX Morizo RR Concept is the result of Toyota’s chairman wanting a luxury version of the GR Yaris – a desire which could eventually reach production.
Lexus unveiled a distinctive concept at this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon motor show, presenting the LBX Morizo RR Concept. This unique creation combines the city SUV design of the Lexus LBX with performance parts from Toyota’s GR Yaris and GR Corolla hot hatches, offering a glimpse into a potential future addition to local showrooms.
Named after the racing pseudonym ‘Morizo’ adopted by Toyota Chairman Akio Toyoda, the LBX Morizo RR Concept stands out with a turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine sourced from the Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition.
Generating an impressive 224kW and 400Nm, this engine replaces the Australian-bound LBX’s 100kW 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and electric motors. Power is distributed to all four wheels through a ‘Direct Shift’ eight-speed automatic transmission, acclaimed by Mr. Toyoda as a “game changer” and making its production debut in the upcoming facelifted Toyota GR Yaris.
The LBX Morizo RR Concept underwent significant visual enhancements, featuring more aggressive bumpers, wider wheel arches (increased by 20mm), 19-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in 235/45 tires, and a 10mm lower sports suspension. Inside, unique sports seats and yellow seat belts contribute to a sportier ambiance that complements the dynamic exterior.
While Lexus has not explicitly ruled out the LBX Morizo RR’s potential arrival in showrooms, they stated in a media release that they have “yet to confirm when a production version [of the model] will be offered.” The shared platform with the Toyota Yaris Cross and Yaris would likely make the transition of high-performance parts from the GR Yaris more cost-effective if pursued.
The standard Lexus LBX is expected to reach Australia between January and June 2024, arriving in two grades and likely becoming the brand’s most affordable hybrid available locally.