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|