The Tokyo Motor Show kicked off on Friday, January 14, and Lexus immediately introduced a couple of new products – the concept NX PHEV Off-Road and the ROV buggy (from the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle) with a hydrogen combustion engine. The latest Japanese brand already showed at the end of last year, and also revealed some technical details. Now the all-terrain vehicle is presented live at the auto show, and a crossover, also focused on off-road, is paired with it.
The NX PHEV Off-Road Concept is based on the NX 450h+, Lexus’ first plug-in hybrid. The off-road show car is distinguished from the standard “socket” crossover by a special bronze body shade called Iron Oxide, BFGoodrich All-Terrain T / A all-terrain tires, a roof rack and matte black elements: 17-inch wheels, grille and door handles. Nameplates, window surrounds and side mirror housings are also finished in black.
There is no information about the power plant of the concept, but the “regular” NX 450h + is driven by a plug-in hybrid unit, which includes a 2.5-liter “aspirated”, two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 18.1 kilowatt-hours. The combined output of the engines is 306 horsepower, and the electric range is 60 kilometers.
The second novelty, the ROV concept, is a buggy with a tubular frame, on which light panels are put on. It’s finished in the same gunmetal color as the NX PHEV Off-Road, with jagged tires and an extra chandelier. The front end features the latest Lexus styling, with L-shaped headlights visible at the front, reminiscent of the optics of the RZ 450e electric car, which is scheduled to debut in 2022.
The ROV is equipped with a three-cylinder, liter internal combustion engine that runs on compressed hydrogen. Its only “exhaust” is water vapor. In this way, the Japanese demonstrate their commitment to carbon neutrality, and also try to prove that the balance between driving pleasure and living in harmony with nature is achievable.