Lexus RZ Sport Concept gives BEV visual upgrade, ROV Concept 2 debuts

This year, the Tokyo Auto Salon and the Tokyo Outdoor Show will be held at the same time. Lexus is participating in both, showing a bespoke RZ alongside some exterior-focused concepts.

the Lexus RZ receives a handful of updates. The crossover is longer and wider than the standard model, but the upgraded suspension lowers the vehicle by 35 millimeters (1.37 in). The automaker added custom aero bits to the front and rear bumpers, a dual carbon spoiler, and aero vents on the front and hood.

The RZ Sport Concept also gets a powertrain upgrade with two 150-kilowatt motors, one for each axle. The standard RZ combines a 150 kW front engine with an 80 kW rear engine. Lexus installed four bucket seats inside, and the automaker finished the exterior in Hakugin White with blue accents.

In December 2021, the automaker unveiled the ROV Concept, a hydrogen-powered side-by-side. The ROV Concept 2 breaks cover at the Tokyo Outdoor Show, and while it looks fairly similar to the first, it has a few design differences. The buggy has a revised front apron, new suspension and a slightly revised rear. It still features a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine that runs on compressed hydrogen gas.

Joining the ROV Concept 2 are two mainstream Lexus Vehicles ready for an adventure – the GX and RX outdoor concepts. the Reception, based on the RZ 450h+, gets black stainless steel window moldings, black door handles, LED lights, a black grille, an aluminum skid plate, fenders and 18-inch wheels with all-terrain tires. It sports a regolith finish to match the ROV Concept 2. The standout feature of the RX is its custom aluminum frame and rooftop tent – the Feldon Shelter Hawk Nest.

Lexus gives the GX Outdoor Concept a new front bumper, skid plate and sill protection. It also gets a Warn winch, revised suspension and Toyo Open Country tires. It also features a rooftop tent by Yakima, which has been finished by Lexus with Terrain Khaki Mica metallic paint.

Also participating in the show is the Lexus LX600 who raced at the 2022 Baja 1000. The LX features a slew of off-road upgrades designed to strengthen the crossover for grueling racing, like competition-specific coil springs and shocks, high-performance tires, and a steel roll cage.


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