Toyota designs the GR Corolla as the Lexus LBX Morizo ​​RR

Toyota designs the GR Corolla as the Lexus LBX Morizo ​​RR

  • Lexus unveiled the LBX Morizo ​​RR concept at the Tokyo Motor Show, a more exciting variant of the company’s smallest crossover, which is not sold in America.
  • The Morizo ​​RR is powered by a 300-hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the Toyota GR Corolla but mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • The LBX Morizo ​​RR also features unique, aggressive bumpers and yellow accents in the grille and on the brake calipers.

The Toyota GR Corolla is a captivating version of the hot hatch that combines sharp styling with a powerful 300-hp turbocharged engine and an adjustable, rally-inspired all-wheel drive system. But despite its $37,595 starting price, the GR Corolla struggles to separate itself from the harsh interior of the $23,145 economy car on which it’s based. But the Lexus LBX Morizo ​​RR concept, revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, previews what a more luxurious version of the hot hatch could look like. Toyota is dropping the same 1.6-liter powertrain into the small LBX crossover sold in Europe.

Corolla GR in a Lexus wrap

The engine is unchanged from the version found in the Corolla, with the three-cylinder pumping out 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. The electronically controlled all-wheel drive system also continues, but unlike the manual-only GR Corolla, the more impressive LBX is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This gearbox will now only be offered in the outback GR Yaris, which also shares the same powertrain, so it’s possible that the GR Corolla could get an automatic option in the near future.

Lexus LBX Morezo RR concept

Lexus

Toyota hasn’t released any performance statistics for the angry-looking small crossover, but at 165.0 inches long, the LBX Morizo ​​RR should keep up with the GR Corolla, which is more than eight inches longer and weighs about the same as the LBX. This would indicate a zero-to-60 mph time under 5.0 seconds and a quarter-mile sprint in the low 13-second range. These numbers may also improve since the LBX doesn’t need to be moved by a human like the GR Corolla.

Compared to the standard LBX, the Morizo ​​RR wears a redesigned bumper with a larger grille and significantly lower air intakes. There’s also a yellow trim piece that connects the headlights and repeats the color of the brake calipers, which hold 18.0-inch rotors up front and 16.0-inch rotors at the rear — slightly larger than the rotors on the GR Corolla. The rear bumper has also been redesigned and houses a small diffuser and two large tailpipes. Other upgrades include tires, which range from 215-section-wide rubber (paired with 17- or 18-inch wheels on the regular LBX) to 235/45R-19 tires.

Lexus LBX Morezo RR concept

Lexus

While the LBX Morizo ​​RR is still just a concept, we wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota is testing the waters for a production version. Morizo, after all, is a pseudonym used by former CEO and current president Akio Toyoda for his racing exploits. However, even if the Morizo ​​RR manages to escape concept car purgatory, the LBX likely won’t come to the United States.

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Caleb Miller started blogging about cars when he was 13 years old, and fulfilled his dream of writing for a car magazine after graduating from Carnegie Mellon University. Car and driver a team. He loves exotic and obscure cars, aims to one day own something exotic like a Nissan S-Cargo, and is an avid motorsport fan.

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