Chunky off-road rubber and a raised air intake are just two of the many upgrades.
The Lexus LX 570 has been around for over 10 years in its current basic form, which is an age in modern automotive terms. Although Lexus has tried to keep the big SUV fresh with a host of updates, most recently a limited edition LX Inspiration Series, there's no denying that a replacement is due. Hopefully, this isn't too far off.
Until that happens, Lexus has just unveiled something else to keep us intrigued: the J201 Concept. It's essentially a beefed-up, raised version of the LX 570 which Lexus says has been assembled by overlanding experts Expedition Overland. The name 'J201' stems from the LX 570's internal chassis and platform code, URJ201.
The enhancements to the basic LX 570 are considerable. Outside, there is a TJM Airtec Snorkel (raised air intake) for wading through deeper waters. There are also 17-inch EVO Corse DakarZero wheels, General Grabber X3 33-inch tires, CBI off-road skid plates (front, transfer case, and gas tank skid plates), a Prinsu Design roof rack system with scene lighting and for additional storage, along with a RIGID Industries light bar.
Besides the chunkier rubber, the J201 is more capable thanks to its performance differentials, WARN industries winch, Icon Vehicles dynamics suspension, and StopTech braking system. The latter features drilled front/rear rotors and Super Sport performance pads.
While the regular LX 570 has a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V8 engine with 383 horsepower and 403 lb-ft of torque, the J201 Concept gains a Magnuson supercharger which pushes outputs to 550 hp and 550 lb-ft.
The cabin is typically Lexus luxurious but adds an ARB LINX accessory interface for access to a battery monitor, angle meter, compressor control, and more. In the trunk, a Goose Gear organization package even comes with dog bowls integrated into the trunk floor. After all, who better to experience the great outdoors with than man's best friend?
All of these upgrades won't go to waste, as the J201 Concept will debut at the 10-day Rebelle Rally on October 8, a 2,000-km (1,243-mile) off-road challenge with all-female drivers. The competition takes place on a challenging course that runs through California and Nevada.
Defending champions Rachelle Croft and Taylor Pawley will be behind the wheel of the J201 Concept at an event that will also feature the Nissan Frontier with a host of Nismo modifications, along with the all-electric Rivian R1T. Competitors should watch out for this brutal Lexus, though, which seems equipped to overcome just about any challenge out in the wild.