Lexus Injects Toyota GR Corolla Performance into Small LBX Morizo RR Concept Crossover

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Lexus has taken a page from Toyota’s high-performance playbook by incorporating the potent three-cylinder engine found in the GR Yaris and GR Corolla into its LBX Morizo RR Concept Crossover. Despite the shared engine lineage, the LBX distinguishes itself from the conventional hot hatch category, being a premium variant of the Yaris Cross.

Unveiled at the 2024 Tokyo Auto Salon, the LBX Morizo RR Concept showcases a robust performance, propelled by the G16E-GTS unit. Despite its smaller size compared to the UX available in the United States, this crossover packs 300 horsepower punch from its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. The inline-three powerplant generates 295 pound-feet of torque, aligning perfectly with the specifications of the GR Corolla Morizo Edition. Notably, the crossover bears the Morizo moniker, a nod to Akio Toyoda, the chairman of Toyota.

In contrast to the GR Corolla’s exclusive six-speed manual gearbox, the LBX Morizo RR features a newly developed eight-speed automatic transmission. Debuting in the 2024 GR Yaris at the Tokyo Auto Salon, this torque-converter transmission channels power to all four wheels, showcasing the performance potential of the small crossover, which, at this point, remains a concept.

Identified as the Lexus LBX Morizo RR, the show car exhibits performance-oriented features, including a lower stance due to a stiffer suspension setup. Its wider body and 19-inch wheels, wrapped in 235/45 R19 tires, contribute to an enhanced driving experience. The crossover incorporates MacPherson strut front suspension, a double-wishbone rear, and disc brakes at all corners. Noteworthy are the yellow accents, paying homage to Akio Toyoda’s signature color.

While the LBX Morizo RR promises a significant boost in power compared to its regular counterpart, equipped with a modest hybrid powertrain generating 134 horsepower and 136 pound-feet of torque, Lexus has not yet revealed any plans for production. The concept car remains a tantalizing glimpse into the potential fusion of luxury and high-performance in the crossover segment.


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