Lexus, JAOS Reveal LX600 Off-Road Concept
Lexus has teamed up with JAOS, a well-known aftermarket parts producer in Japan, to develop a new customised LX600 “off-road” model for display at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon.
Like previous generations, the Lexus uses Toyota’s flagship Landcruiser off-roader as a base, which is then built with additional technology, equipment, and luxury touches.
The modifications made by JAOS offer a distinctive ruggedness and extra off-road capabilities to “inspire a sense of adventure for its driver and passengers.”
Along with some larger and more aggressive all-terrain tyres on Enkei-made 20-inch alloy wheels, the concept also gets smaller fender flares to help accommodate the bigger rubber.
The exterior uses lightweight, high rigidity infusion-molded CFRP parts (rather than the usual material choice of steel or aluminium) for the front and rear bumper skid protectors.
Other common JAOS accessories are also included, from mudguards, side-steps, door handle protectors and a tidier exhaust tip, all of which will let the LX look tougher on and off-road.
The concept still has a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged V6 engine pumping out 409 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. It also has a standard 10-speed automatic transmission with a limited-slip differential.
The reveal of the modified LX600 coincides with the new-generation Lexus LX officially going on sale in Japan.
“Lexus is committed to offering a diverse range of products to meet the diversifying needs and lifestyles of its customers,” the company writes.
“The new LX, which went on sale today in Japan, offers a high level of refinement while maintaining its time-tested reliability, durability and off-road driving performance in order to provide its guests with a rewarding lifestyle experience whether it is in the urban city or deep off the beaten track.”
Lexus has yet to confirm local specs and pricing for the LX range, although the company has confirmed the flagship four-seater variant of the SUV will be available in Australia, likely alongside the five and seven-seat options.
25 January 2022