Lexus Debuts Flagship Luxury Crossover at North American International Auto Show in Detroit


Lexus today announced the LF-1 Limitless Concept, the brand’s flagship luxury crossover which combines high performance with technology and innovation and could be powered by a fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline, or all-electric. By 2025, Lexus predicts every model worldwide will be available as a dedicated electrified model or have an electrified option.

The LF-1 was created by California-based CALTY Design Research to reflect a simple, yet elegant design concept dubbed “molten katana.” Specifically, the vehicle’s design was inspired by the combination of the organic shapes of liquid metal and 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,” says Kevin Hunter, president of 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 Lexus LF-1’s exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio gives the vehicle an athletic profile and is combined with a cabin set deep within the rear-wheel drive chassis and 22-inch wheels. The low roofline and elevated ride height were also designed to emphasize the crossover’s commitment to practicality and performance. Like all current Lexus models, the LF-1 is outfitted with a spindle grille with a three-dimensional design and colors developed in-house by CALTY.

“There’s no doubt that luxury crossovers are an increasingly popular choice for luxury customers,” says Jeff Bracken, Lexus’ general manager.  “This LF-1 Limitless concept illustrates what could happen if Lexus were to add a flagship crossover to our line-up. We’re anxious to see our customers’ and dealers’ response.”

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