Lexus NX 450h+ off-road concept unveiled in Japan

NX 450h+ off-road

Lexus has unveiled a luxurious new off-road concept at the annual Tokyo Auto Salon. Based on the all-new plug-in Lexus NX 450h+, the modified SUV follows the recently revealed recreational off-highway vehicle concept as a means of inspiring an adventurous yet more refined lifestyle.

The new NX off-road concept retains all the comfort, equipment and EV capabilities of the production car but is enhanced with key elements inspired by overlanding trends. Its deep bronze paintwork – identical to that of the ROV Concept – not only highlights the model’s muscular character but blends effectively into a variety of outdoor environments. The natural hue is accented with smoky chrome and matt black trim elements, particularly around the grille and lower perimeter of the body.

As the all-new NX is the first Lexus to be offered with Trail Mode control on its all-wheel drive system, the concept enhances the capabilities of this system with an upgraded footprint. Wheel size has dropped to 17 inches in order to accommodate chunky all-terrain tyres, which fill the arches and offer reassuring grip when going it alone off the beaten track. And for those times when even 1,436 litres of seats-down load space is not enough to carry your camping equipment, the NX is equipped with a roof-mounted Thule carrier basket to hold the extras.

Displayed together on the Tokyo Auto Salon show stand, the two concepts embody our efforts to achieve a carbon neutral society, while simultaneously expanding customer choice and providing new values that exceed expectations. The aim is to balance the refinement and driving pleasure customers associate with Lexus with an adventure-hungry lifestyle that is in harmony with nature.

Lexus NX 450h+ off-road concept: key specifications

Base vehicle Lexus NX 450h+ 
Overall dimensions (mm) 4,660 L x 1,865 W x 1,675 H 
Powertrain Plug-in hybrid electric system with 2.5-litre in-line four-cylinder engine 
Front motor – max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 180/182/124 
Front motor – max. torque (Nm) 270Nm 
Rear motor – max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 54/54/40 
Rear motor – max. torque (Nm) 121 
Total system output (bhp/DIN hp/kW) 305/309/227 
Body colour Iron oxide 
Front features Lexus emblem with smoked finish; grille with matt black finish 
Side features Smoked finish for door mirror casings and window and belt mouldings; matt black door handles 
Wheels and tyres 17inch alloy wheels with 265/65 R17 BFGoodrich all-terrain tyres 
Rear features Name and Lexus logo with smoked finish 
Roof Matt black roof rails and Thule carrier basket 


  1. A fabulous car but why is this not all electric – you are falling behind the competition – who on earth would want a plug -in hybrid when I have been driving a Rh 450 hybrid for 10 years with auto changeover

    1. Hello Trevor,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Our philosophy is and always has been ‘customer first’ and we’re focusing on developing a range of options to suit different customer needs. 
      While we understand and support the increasing relevance of BEV, we also recognize the diversity of customer needs and driving environments around the world, imposing the use of different powertrain options.
      You can view our full EV line-up here –

    1. Hello,
      The ROV concept and the NX 450h+ off road concept are both currently not for sale.

    1. Hello Bertie,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Currently, this is just a concept so we have no information on when it will be available to order.

  2. If you do not have or rather are not concentrating on “Going Electric” on more models then surely you should be throwing everything on improving petrol consumption..
    I have a Hybrid Takuma and an IS3000 and the former is very heavy on consumption even with careful driving in economy mode..
    I will be changing both in 2022/3 and see little to excite me from Lexus at this stage of planning.

  3. what is the sign in the nx plug in for off road , i presume this is the tree emblem and suv that when pressed it comes up on the dashboard as well . But after 6 months I am finding more little things each day that make this SUV a pleasure to drive , must jump soon to the rz when it can produce more distance on a full charge. Keep the quality of these builds going, on my 4th one now !!! and going skint,,

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