Lexus shows its hardcore side with the GXOR Concept.
Lexus is not the first brand you’d consider for a challenging overland journey across technical off-road terrain, but to prove what can be done – there’s the GXOR.
Built on the Lexus GX 460 platform (shared with the Land Cruiser Prado), this GXOR concept off-roader shows that Toyota's luxury division isn’t afraid of the rough stuff. The GXOR is a Lexus SUV upgraded to journey far away from the inner city suburbs or corporate life.
GXOR’s grille is framed by a custom steel front bumper which houses a Warn 9.5 XPS winch and improves its approach angle. There is a snorkel too, feeding the engine cleaner and colder air when journeying through dusty desert conditions.
Atop the GXOR you'll find a 160-Watt solar panel, which feeds a 50-inch LED light bar, along with aluminium stowage cases and recovery boards.
Underneath this go-anywhere Lexus SUV there’s additional gearbox and engine protection, rock sliders and trick suspension, which increases ride height by 63mm. The GXOR rides on a special edition Icon damper set-up, with high-capacity oil reservoirs, aluminium billet control arms and delta joints. Rolling the GXOR along are huge General Grabber X3s tyres, measuring 275/70 and mounted to 18-inch wheels.
To help you communicate when your Smartphone is way beyond its network roaming capability, GXOR has an Icom 5 100A radio set. And if you get really lost, there is a customer drawer system in the rear, with a fridge and gas-stove, so you’ll be good for food and beverages for a week or two.
The Lexus GX differs significantly from its Land Cruiser Prado siblings in terms of engine. Powering the GXOR is a 4.6-litre, naturally-aspirated petrol V8, which cranks 225kW and 446Nm, instead of the Prado's diesel or 4.0-litre V6.
With a ladder frame chassis and low-range gearing, it should go anywhere you’d want to. The 3 000kg tow capacity makes it possible to take along an equally off-road capable trailer too, if you want to journey for months, instead of weeks.
Lexus has no immediate production strategy for the GXOR, but it does illustrate what is possible with the brand’s Prado-twin.