Lexus has made an uncharacteristic off-road SUV concept, which seems very nice.
Normally, Lexus is all about trying to prove its luxury bonafides by out-doing German manufacturers like BMW and Mercedes. Apparently not satisfied with upending the German luxury car market, now it seems that Lexus is aiming to topple North America’s love for luxury off-roaders too.
They haven’t announced a production model yet, but they have come out with a very impressive concept vehicle called the Lexus GXOR (or GX Off-Road). It’s based off the GX SUV, which in its highest GX 460 trim comes with a 4.6-L V8 with 301 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. We’re going to assume that’s what powers the GXOR since Lexus didn’t say otherwise and it seems like the right amount of horsepower for some off-road enjoyment.
But that’s not what’s so impressive about this concept vehicle. What’s neat are all the cool aftermarket attachments and gizmos that Lexus has installed, and there are quite a lot of them.
Starting from the top, there's an EEZI-AWN K9 roof rack along with Maxtrax recovery boards and a 160-watt solar panel. There's also a couple of ALU-Box storage cases for keeping your fishing poles in.
Next is a Rigid 50" LED light bar to light up the darkest of forests and a Safari snorkel for giving the engine cleaner air away from the dusty trail. We don't think this gives the GX any appreciable fording capability, but it's a nice touch.
Inside is an ICOM ham radio, while out front is a CBI Custom Stealth bumper with a hidden winch. Lexus provides F Sport Wheels with General Grabber X3 off-road tires, while Icon provides heavy-duty suspension complete with remote-reservoir shocks.
CBI provides rock rails and skid plates while being towed behind the GXOR is a Patriot Campers X1H trailer with a Redarc Tow-Pro brake controller. In the back of the GXOR is a complex custom drawer system from Goose Gear and a refrigerator.
The Lexus GXOR will be at the Fj Summit in Ouray, Colorado until Sunday if you want to get a closer look. No word on whether or not this SUV will see production, but you never know.