Currently if you want something larger or more luxurious than the Lexus RX in the Lexus lineup, you’ll have to choose the more truck-like GX or LX models, but that could soon change. Lexus has unveiled the LF-1 Limitless concept at the Detroit Auto Show, which could preview a new flagship crossover.
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept was created at CALTY Design Research in California. The design language of the concept has been dubbed “molten katana.” Lexus says that the design visualization fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.
“This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,” said Kevin Hunter, president, CALTY Design Research. “The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.”
The RX is anything but sporty, but the LF-1 Limitless concept takes another route with its rear-wheel drive chassis, low roofline and massive 22-inch wheels. The design of the concept also re-interprets the spindle grille, since the spindle form starts at the rear of the concept and then continues to the nose. The grille also features a three-dimensional design with colors developed by the CALTY team.
“There’s no doubt that luxury crossovers are an increasingly popular choice for luxury customers,” said Lexus General Manager Jeff Bracken. “This LF-1 Limitless concept illustrates what could happen if Lexus were to add a flagship crossover to our line-up. It’s a gorgeous execution and we’re anxious to see our customers’ and dealers’ response.”
Inside the concept’s interior has room for four passengers that sit in ultimate comfort. The cockpit is designed to allow the driver to concentrate on the task at hand by removing distracting knobs and buttons that have been replaced with motion-activated controls and a minimalist display. The front passenger space is far more open, with even fewer controls and a wide unobstructed dashboard. Those in back get the same seats as those in front with expansive legroom and individual display screens for adjusting the climate control or entertainment options.
Lexus doesn’t mention what powers the LF-1 Limitless concept, but just like its name, the possibilities for powertrains are limitless. The LF-1 concept could be powered by fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or an all-electric powertrain.