29/01/2022

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Rugged new Lexus NX PHEV Offroad Concept launched at Tokyo

Lexus went a bit off-brand for this year’s Tokyo Car Salon, launching the ROV off-street buggy and this – an off-street edition of its famously tarmac-biased NX crossover. It is identified as the NX PHEV Offroad Principle, and it was developed to clearly show how Lexus can stability driving fun with its local weather ambitions.

It is centered on NX 450h+ and is run by the brand’s two.five-litre four-cylinder plug-in hybrid powertrain, the combustion part of which produces 180bhp and 270Nm of torque. The petrol engine is supported by an eighteen.1kWh battery pack and a 53bhp electric powered motor mounted on the rear wheels, offering the auto four-wheel generate.

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To flip the typical NX into the Offroad Principle, Lexus started out by swapping its typical wheels and tyres for tougher 17-inch off-street alloys, shod in BF Goodrich all-terrain tyres. The company also bolted on some new matt-black roof rails and a carrier basket.

Other beauty tweaks include a new Iron Oxide paint complete, a Lexus-branded sunstrip across the windscreen, gloss black window surrounds and matt-black replacements for the car’s radiator grille, door handles and badges.

The car’s experience-top has also been raised a little, to offer some extra clearance for the knobbly off-street tyres. The lifted system also lets the Offroad Principle to crest obstructions that would possible strand the street-heading SUV.

Though it is not a individual problem for this principle, the electric powered part of the NX 450h+’s powertrain should really also let the Offroad principle to cover at the very least thirty miles on EV ability alone – albeit only driving the rear wheels. 

Lexus hasn’t verified the SUV’s pure-electric powered capabilities, but we assume the heavier alloys and off-street tyres will lower the powertrain’s efficiency. For comparison, the typical NX can cover forty miles on electric powered ability alone, at speeds of up to 84mph.

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