The Covid-19 pandemic has made outdoor activities a refuge for many people. For the wealthy public it was no different. Recognizing the adventurous nature of its customers, Lexus created the ROV, a luxury quadricycle with an engine fueled by hydrogen cells. Despite this, there is no information about his business.
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ROV (short for “recreational off-road vehicle”, already in Portuguese translation) is equipped with a 1.0-liter hydrogen engine, almost zero emissions and high road capacity.
Without giving details on power, torque and, therefore, performance, Lexus says that the model emits a noise similar to that of a combustion engine, as a suggestion to reinforce the spirit of adventure and durability.
O The ROV has a high pressure tank to store compressed hydrogen. In addition, the emissions are “almost zero”, as the amount of fuel burned by the engine is “inappropriate”, according to the brand.
The model combines basic off-road features with classic Lexus design. The headlamps, which resemble the letter “L”, refer to the headlamps of the brand’s passenger cars, which have this daytime running light signature. The hourglass shape of the grille of other models can also be seen in ATV shows.
The back, more clearly, also reminds us of Japanese SUVs and sedans, especially in the shape of the lights, which also repeats the main lights of the models.
On the roof there is an LED light to help illuminate the way at night and the “cabin” has a cage to ensure maximum safety for passengers.
Speaking of passengers, only two people can enjoy themselves at the same time on board the ROV, which is part of the proposal of the model, even if its dimensions are not small. It is 3.12 meters long, 1.73 meters wide and 1.80 meters tall – bigger than the Smart ForTwo and smaller than the Fiat 500.
Do not think, however, that the strict look does not allow the interior to be refined. Inside the ROV is an instrument panel that integrates analog components and a screen. The steering wheel is sporty and wrapped in leather-like material, with paddle shifters. The seats (with shock-absorbing springs) also feature leather-like material and there’s exposed carbon fiber in several areas.
As a legitimate quad with strong off-road capabilities, the Lexus cruiser leaves the entire suspension on display, enhancing its durability. For the brand, the ROV can go “anywhere” and drive powerfully and smoothly. There are also large mud tires, and front fenders, which are sculpted to prevent rocks or mud from being blown into the cabin.