Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept revealed in Detroit

Rolling on monster 22-inch alloy wheels with flush doorhandles and side cameras, the LF-1 Limitless has serious road presence.
Justin Hilliard
GoAutoMedia

16 Jan 2018 • 7 min read

Lexus revealed the LF-1 Limitless at the Detroit motor show overnight with the ambitious concept previewing a new flagship SUV model from the Japanese luxury brand.

Its design language is based on the idea of a ''molten katana'', which sees the organic shapes of liquid metal fused with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword, according to Lexus.

Thanks to its striking exterior appearance, the LF-1 Limitless draws attention to its interpretation of Lexus' spindle front grille, which this time extends alongside the bonnet and seemingly towards the rear end.

The LF-1 Limitless draws attention to its interpretation of Lexus' spindle front grille, which this time extends alongside the bonnet and seemingly towards the rear end.

The LF-1 Limitless draws attention to its interpretation of Lexus' spindle front grille, which this time extends alongside the bonnet and seemingly towards the rear end.

An athletic profile is achieved due to the combination of a long bonnet with a short front overhang, as well as a sweeping roofline that leads a coupe-style tailgate.

The rear end is characterised by sculptural tail-lights that go beyond the body panels, while a split roof spoiler allows the rear glass panel to feed into the all-glass roof and windscreen, offering occupants an uninterrupted view of their surrounding environment.

Rolling on monster 22-inch, 'Y-spoke' alloy wheels with flush doorhandles and cameras for side mirrors, the LF-1 Limitless has serious road presence.

Inside, the hospitality-inspired design is just as dramatic, doing away with analogue controls in favour of motion-activated counterparts with haptic feedback and minimalist displays.

By removing driver distractions, the cockpit becomes extremely focused, as seen by the uncluttered layout it presents either side of the multi-function steering wheel (with paddle shifters).

By removing driver distractions, the cockpit becomes extremely focused, as seen by the uncluttered layout. By removing driver distractions, the cockpit becomes extremely focused, as seen by the uncluttered layout.

Rear passengers are provided with plenty of legroom, and their own controls for the multimedia and climate control systems, that are projected onto individual displays nestled in the backs of the front seats.

A four-dimensional satellite-navigation system enhances the traditional experience by adding time to the equation. Specifically, it acts as a concierge for occupants by anticipating their needs using progress, traffic and road condition data.

Measuring in at 5014mm long, 1986mm wide and 1605mm tall with a 2974mm wheelbase, the LF-1 Limitless is 66mm shorter than the Toyota LandCruiser-based LX570, while also being 6mm wider with a 124mm longer wheelbase.

The LF-1 Limitless is 66mm shorter than the Toyota LandCruiser-based LX570. The LF-1 Limitless is 66mm shorter than the Toyota LandCruiser-based LX570.

Autonomous capabilities are central to the LF-1 Limitless, including a special 'Chauffeur' driving mode that provides hands-free operation of the vehicle, with its steering, acceleration, braking, lights and signals taken over from the driver.

The exact powertrain motivating the rear-wheel drive LF-1 Limitless is unknown, but Lexus said the possibilities are endless, including either fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, petrol or all-electric.

Given that the company plans to offer every model in its line-up with some form of electrification by 2025, it would be safe to assume that something other than a traditional internal combustion engine is under the bonnet.

If the LF-1 Limitless were to materialise into a production model, it is likely to compete against the Mercedes-Benz GLS, as well as the upcoming BMW X7 and Audi Q8.

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