Lexus‘ presence at the 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon and Tokyo Outdoor Show was headlined by a range of eco-friendly and off-road-oriented concept vehicles.
The Lexus RZ Sport Concept was produced by Japanese racing driver Masahiro Sasaki and has a wide-body kit with a number of aerodynamic additions.
It’s powered by 150kW electric motors at the front and rear, although Lexus doesn’t quote a total system power or torque output. It does have all-wheel drive though.
The concept has been lowered by 35mm, and in addition to the custom aerodynamic parts, there are wide tyres and full buckets seats in both the front and rear.
As previously reported, the regular Lexus RZ is set to arrive in Australia mid this year. It will be Lexus’ first dedicated electric vehicle (EV) and shares its e-TNGA platform with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra.
The other vehicle Lexus premiered at this year’s Auto Salon was the LX 600 “Offroad” Team JAOS 2022 that participated in last year’s Baja 1000 off-road endurance race.
This LX 600 was modified according to the “Stock Full Class” regulations with the primary focus being on safety enhancements. It has a steel roll cage, sport seats, and a racing radio system, among other minor modifications.
The LX 600 “Offorad” Team JAOS is part of a three-year project that means the vehicle will continue to evolve with the more racing experience it clocks up.
At the Tokyo Outdoor Show on the other hand, Lexus showed off three concept vehicles that embody the company’s so-called “overtrail project”.
The first of these concepts is the Lexus RX Outdoor concept that’s based on the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) RX450h+ and features a 20mm higher ride height and all-terrain tyres.
It’s finished in a khaki-looking exterior paint colour called Regolith and has a number of off-road-oriented modifications driving lights, dark brown arch mouldings, and a roof-top tent.
As previously reported, the Lexus RX is set to arrive locally early this year with a range of variants including turbocharged, hybrid and turbocharged hybrid powertrains. The PHEV won’t be coming, though.
Lexus also showed off the ROV Concept 2 hydrogen off-road buggy which is an evolution of the original concept that was unveiled in late 2021.
It’s still powered by a rear-mounted 1.0-litre three-cylinder internal-combustion engine that’s fuelled by compressed hydrogen gas.
Modifications to the ROV Concept 2 include a new exterior paint colour, airless tyres, among other minor changes.
The third and final vehicle Lexus exhibited at the 2023 Tokyo Outdoor Show is an accessorised version of the GX off-roader, which isn’t sold locally.
It has been modified with under-body skid plates, Toyo mud-terrain tyres, Old Man Emu suspension, Yakima roof-top tent, light bar, and Warn electric winch.
The Lexus GX is based on the Toyota LandCruiser Prado and is only sold in the US, Middle East, and certain areas of Asia.