Lexus has revealed a new ROV (recreational off-highway vehicle) Concept, a unique, hydrogen-powered vehicle that offers near-zero emissions driving combined with extreme off-road capability. It reflects Lexus’s commitment to ensuring exhilarating driving can exist in a carbon-free society centred on responsible mobility.
The ROV design team developed a vehicle that would look good in all kinds of natural environments. The car bears all the hallmarks of an off-road vehicle, with exposed suspension, protective cage and chunky off-road tyres. It measures 3,120mm long, 1,725mm wide and 1,800mm high.
Taking the Lexus human-centred philosophy as their starting point, the team wanted to create the kind of vehicle people would expect from a luxury car maker without sacrificing the rugged performance of an ROV. The body provides protection for passengers while incorporating Lexus’s signature spindle grille, robust front wings and generous front suspension travel.
A suspension cover, connected to the rear hydrogen fuel tank, protects functional parts while also conveying a sense of durability inherited from Lexus’s SUVs. The lightweight body and suspension are designed for both comfort and fun off-road driving. The front and rear lights and the LEXUS badging across the back door express the latest Lexus design language and the dark bronze paint finish has been specially created for the concept.
Inside, the driver’s cockpit is designed according to Lexus’s Tazuna concept, with a simple meter to display the information the driver needs so they can concentrate on the job of driving.
The ROV Concept showcases Lexus build quality, craftsmanship and luxury, inside and out. The seats have integrated suspension elements that help smooth out the ride and are upholstered in a hard-wearing synthetic leather. Throughout, the vehicle meets all Lexus’s requirements for quality durability and reliability.
The ROV Concept has a strong tubular frame, a lightweight body and a large degree of suspension travel. The driver can thus enjoy the natural movement of the vehicle and the distinctive Lexus Driving Signature – the rewarding feeling of the car responding promptly, faithfully and smoothly to every throttle, braking and steering input – with the freedom to drive anywhere they desire.