Toyota was fortunate sufficient to offer U.S. patrons the GR Corolla. It’s the textbook definition of a scorching hatch, and we like it. Sadly, there are nonetheless some enjoyable merchandise that we don’t get, just like the GR Yaris itself, and a few stuff that some would fairly keep off our shores, just like the just lately launched Yaris-based crossover the Lexus LBX.
Fortunately, although, Toyota and Lexus nonetheless have some fanatics on the helm of issues. In an idea proven on the Tokyo Present, they’ve gone and dropped the GR Yaris’ drivetrain into the LBX. Dubbed the LBX Morizo RR Idea, it was developed along with Toyota chairman Akio Toyoda, a well known fanatic who’s also referred to as “Morizo” and a grasp driver.
The LBX Morizo is actually only a GR Yaris crossover. The 1.6-liter 300-horsepower turbocharged I3 was dropped in and paired with an eight-speed automated and a full-time all-wheel drive system, although Lexus didn’t say whether or not or not the LBX had the identical restricted slip diffs because the GR Yaris. Different efficiency enhancements embody “developments that lined the car’s packaging, physique, suspension, tires, AWD management,” although Lexus didn’t precisely say what these have been.
Visually the LBX Morizo seems good. Up entrance it will get a novel fascia with bigger, blacked-out grille openings that includes yellow trim, yellow brake calipers set behind 19-inch wheels, distinctive rear bumper with diffuser and the identical twin exhaust shops because the GR Yaris. Although no footage of the inside have been proven, it’s stated that it’s outfitted with distinctive sport seats and alloy pedals.
The LBX Morizo is an idea for now, because the automaker hasn’t stated whether or not or not it has manufacturing plans. I wouldn’t be shocked to see this factor coming to market in Japan ultimately although. For it to come back right here may be tough and would require the usual LBX to make an look first and sadly a sub UX sized crossover doesn’t seem to be one thing that will be within the playing cards for Lexus. Till any resolution is made we’ll simply maintain watching from afar and hope for one of the best.