Lexus brought some interesting concepts to the Tokyo Auto Salon and Tokyo Outdoor Show 2023. Among them are the understated RZ electric crossover, the outdoor racing LX 600, RX 450+ and GX 460, and the version 2.0 POV hydrogen buggy. All of them demonstrate the variety of lifestyles in which the products of the brand successfully fit.
For several years, Lexus has been trying to transform itself into a lifestyle brand. The company released its own yacht, built a hydrogen buggy, and in general began to talk more about a lifestyle that corresponds to some kind of internal philosophy. Last year at a garden show in England, Lexus showed a meditation garden concept inspired by the Japanese kanshō-niwa gardens. And in 2023, at the Tokyo Motor Show, he demonstrated the variety of lifestyles in which his products fit well.
It is difficult to say who became the headliner of the exposition. Apparently, this role was assigned to the crossover RZ Sport Concept (title photo). Based on the stock RZ, it features custom aerodynamics, larger wheels, lowered suspension, bucket seats and more powerful electric motors. Both develop 204 horsepower, while the regular RZ motor on the rear axle produces only 109 horsepower. The body of the crossover was painted in the color Hakugin, or “White Silver”.
Also in Tokyo, Lexus showed the LX 600 SUV (V6 3.5, 415 hp, 650 Nm) of the Team Jaos team, which drove the entire route of the grueling Baja 1000 race on it. The company was made up of three cars for outdoor activities: RX Outdoor Concept, GX Outdoor Concept and the second version of the ROV hydrogen buggy. The first two concepts are based on the RX 450h+ and GX 460 (sold in the US and the Middle East). The crossover differs only in nuances like a tent on the roof and “toothy” wheels, but the SUV has been improved more seriously.
It has a front bumper and CBI Offroad skid plates; the suspension is assembled on Old Man Emu components. In addition, there is a Warn winch, two LED “chandeliers” and a Yakima tent. Finally, the POV Concept 2 buggy has a moonlit color finish, adjustable suspension, cushioned seats and a liter compressed hydrogen engine. The engine is similar to the experimental “turbo engine” 1.6 from the racing Toyota Corolla Sport and the prototype GR Yaris H₂. Theoretically, such a motor emits 90 percent less carbon dioxide into the air, that is, it can become an alternative to electric drives.