Lexus ROV concept: An off-road buggy powered by hydrogen

Remember the mysterious hydrogen-powered buggy we saw at the end of the Lexus LX's launch earlier this year? It seems the Japanese luxury marque has now revealed it in full, and it also has a name – ROV or Recreational Off-highway Vehicle.

The ROV is a concept created by Lexus' European division, and it aims to be an eco-friendly off-roader. As mentioned earlier, the buggy will use a hydrogen-burning 1.0-liter engine, similar to the hydrogen-powered GR Corolla Toyota is currently testing. It's not a hydrogen-fuel cell like the Mirai, which powers electric motors.

Explore the wilderness in style with Lexus ROV concept image

With the official photos released by Lexus, we also have a better look at the off-roader. Styling-wise, the company managed to put their signature design cues on the ROV, which is essentially an off-road buggy. At the front, it has L-shaped LED headlights and even a closed-off version of the spindle grille to match. At the rear, there's a pair of slim LED taillights flanking a center trim piece with the new LEXUS rear badge design.

Explore the wilderness in style with Lexus ROV concept image

Inside, there's not a lot of creature comfort as with most Lexus models. Occupants are strapped into two bucket seats with a four-point harness. Apart from the leather steering wheel and sculpted shift knob, there are no luxury amenities either. In front of the driver is a simple instrument cluster that provides all the necessary information. The plexiglass windshield can be folded up for better airflow.

Explore the wilderness in style with Lexus ROV concept image

Lexus did not disclose details about the suspension setup of the ROV. However, the photos do show that it has long-travel suspension, which offers good wheel articulation. As a result, it is capable of taking on some of the toughest terrains around.

Explore the wilderness in style with Lexus ROV concept image

There's no word from Lexus whether the ROV concept will enter production, but hopefully, they do. A zero-emissions off-roader with Lexus styling seems like a very fun way to explore the great outdoors.