Lexus previews mystery concept off-roader in LX premiere video
All eyes were on Lexus today as the luxury marque revealed the all-new 2022 LX. The launch video was quite detailed, showing all of the changes made to the flagship SUV. But there's one part of the video that caught our attention. Interestingly, it's not about the LX at all. Instead, it's about a mysterious recreational off-roader.
The vehicle in question only appears in the video for a few minutes, but it seems like Lexus is working on an off-road buggy. Hiroo Togashi, General Manager for Brand Management at Lexus, prefers to call it a “recreational off-highway vehicle”. According to Togashi, the unnamed off-roader concept will allow people to explore the great outdoors and enjoy off-roading while remaining carbon neutral.
Specific details about the buggy weren't provided. However, Togashi did say it will use a hydrogen powertrain. In terms of styling, the off-roader concept looks very much like a trail-ready dune buggy. Since it is a Lexus, it adopts the brand's current design language, featuring a mini spindle grille and L-shaped LED headlights. Even the taillights are similar to what you'd find in current Lexus models.
Although it wasn't mentioned in the video, long-travel suspension appears to be fitted, similar to what you'd find in a typical off-road buggy. To ensure the concept can handle even the roughest of terrains, it comes with chunky off-road tires.
There's no word yet whether Lexus will put the concept off-roader into production. But assuming they do, would you buy it? A hydrogen-powered Lexus dune buggy does sound tempting.