Lexus revs up hydrogen engine in depraved ROV off-roader idea

As Toyota’s luxurious arm, Lexus quietly has a number of the finest posh off-roaders in the marketplace within the new Land Cruiser-based LX600 and the Land Cruiser Prado-based GX460. Nonetheless, it isn’t the primary automotive model title that involves thoughts when the subject of off-roading comes up, and it falls proper off the listing ought to that dialog drift to off-road powersports. That adjustments right this moment with the reveal of the all-new ROV idea, an aggressive side-by-side that leaves largely agitated mud behind due to a just about carbon-free hydrogen combustion engine.

With the Leisure Off-highway Automobile (ROV) Idea, Lexus presents an intriguing various to the all-electric side-by-sides which have began making their strategy to market. As a substitute of the hydrogen gasoline cell expertise for which Toyota has turn into well-known, Lexus depends on newer, extra experimental hydrogen ICE tech.

The rear taillights and badging lend to the Lexus look


Toyota has been testing and creating hydrogen combustion engine tech via its motorsports program, and the ROV makes use of a 1.0-liter unit fed by a high-pressure compressed-hydrogen tank. Lexus would not pinpoint efficiency estimates however does say that the quick combustion velocity of hydrogen results in a responsive torque rise off-roaders will recognize.

Picture of a hydrogen engine

Not like an RC car-quiet electrical, the ROV’s hydrogen engine carries over a strong rumble just like a fuel ICE. Lexus guarantees, nonetheless, that engine noise shall be refined via its QDR (Quietness, Sturdiness, Reliability) requirements, so the motive force presumably will not be subjected to noise ranges akin to somebody dropping a field of operating chainsaws on the passenger seat.

Lexus admits that there is a slight quantity of carbon launched from burned engine oil, however the hydrogen ICE drops CO2 emissions very near nil. We might like to get a learn on how a lot vary Lexus imagines the ROV getting per fill-up, however the firm would not but get that detailed with the idea.

The ROV looks downright angry from head-on, a good thing, in our opinion

The ROV seems to be downright offended from head-on, a great factor, in our opinion


Lexus is not trying to reimagine side-by-side styling, the way in which Tesla would possibly if it grows Cyberquad into … Cyd-by-Cyd (?). As a substitute, it tiptoes nimbly throughout the tightrope between luxurious automotive styling and conventional sport side-by-side design. Parts just like the deep-bronze paint and offended “L” headlamps undoubtedly separate the ROV from different side-by-side fashions. Lexus additionally manages to work in probably the most tasteful iteration of its spindle grille but, a smaller, tauter body-color design that does not look outsized and misplaced the way in which the manufacturing spindle tends to.

The ROV measures 123 x 68 x 71 inches (312 x 173 x 180 cm, L x W x H) and has a much less aggressive profile than one thing just like the Polaris RZR Professional R owing to its extra upright roll cage geometry.

It feels like Lexus could use to rake that windscreen and perhaps pull the front-end a little farther forward to create a more aggressive profile

It appears like Lexus may use to rake that windscreen and maybe pull the front-end a little bit farther ahead to create a extra aggressive profile


Inside, Lexus offers the ROV a slight contact of luxurious with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and in-seat suspension system constructed to easy out the bumps and bangs. A easy single-gauge show feeds the motive force very important data with out pointless distraction.

Lexus ROV cockpit

“The Lexus ROV is our response to the rising ardour for the outside and adventurous spirit of luxurious shoppers,” Lexus Europe chief Spiros Fotinos explains. “As an idea, it fuses our want to additionally develop lifestyle-oriented merchandise with our ongoing analysis into new applied sciences that contribute to carbon neutrality.”

That is about as shut as Lexus involves addressing any potential for manufacturing, so for now we’ll simply should deal with the ROV as a enjoyable, explorative idea that gives a glimpse into the way forward for alternative-fuel off-roading. However Lexus has put out a yacht earlier than, so maybe an OHV will show a small job.

Supply: Lexus Europe

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