Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept previews new flagship model

2018 Detroit Motor Show Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept lobs

It's the LF-1 Limitless concept, a big styling and size step-up on the RX - star of the Detroit show 20 years ago - and a vehicle with clear pretensions to step into the shoes of the LS saloon as a future Lexus flagship.

Recognizing that concepts have a wide range for imagination, Lexus is saying the LF-1 could be powered by fuel cell, a plug-in hybrid, all-electric or gasoline engine.

Lexus has chose to grace the North American International Auto Show with something that will touch the heart of many Americans - an imposing, ultra-luxurious new concept of a crossover.

The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept has been teased before its reveal today as a new range-topping SUV / Crossover concept, and that's exactly what it is.

The LF-1 Limitles has been penned in partnership with CALTY Design Research in California - the folks that were also used as collaborators for the FT-1 project previewing the new Supra.

Hunter calls the LF-1's design concept "molten katana, which combines the shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword".

"Imagining that shift from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiselled shape formed the basis for the fluid, yet aggressive design of the LF-1 Limitless". Far more open and modern than current Lexus interiors, the LF-1's contains a less cushioned, more minimalist approach to interiors. The unique space also houses a navigation system with haptic feedback that vibrates when touched.

There are a lot of design elements that won't make it to production, but the LF-1 shows that Lexus is well on its way to building an exciting flagship crossover.

The cockpit area minimises analogue buttons and knobs in favour of motion-activated controls and there's a rather elaborate lighting sequence on start-up.

"There is definitely an opportunity in the marketplace above RX to complement LX, so it's in that top tier of luxury crossover". Lexus has large SUVs now, but they are more truck-based than the crossovers that have flooded the market.

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