Lexus lays it on thick with Limitless

Riley Riley

Lexus is laying it on thicker than the snow in Detroit, with its new Limitless concept.

The stunning Lexus LF-1 Limitless introduces a new genre of luxury vehicle — the flagship crossover — it says.

“The fluid lines of the LF-1 point to the potential for a flagship luxury crossover from Lexus that will offer an amazing experience for customers.

“Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept is a showcase of technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus.

“Limitless in its potential and possibilities, the concept envisages fully autonomous driving and caters to the diverse lifestyles of Lexus customers.”

Right. Sounds great. So what’s going to power this amazing beast?

Well, the LF-1 concept could be powered by fuel cells, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, petrol or even all-electric, Lexus explains.

“By around 2025, every Lexus model around the world will be available either as a dedicated electrified model, or have an electrified option.”

That’s all a bit vague. What else can you tell us about the car?

The innovative spirit and captivating styling of the LF-1 was created at CALTY Design Research in California.

“The design language is rooted in the simple yet elegant design concept of ‘molten katana’ – fusing the organic shapes of liquid (molten) metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword (katana).”

CALTY Design Research president Kevin Hunter said imagining that shift – from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiselled shape – formed the basis for the fluid, yet aggressive design.

“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,” Hunter said.

As well as molten katanas, the LF-1 embraces the Japanese tradition of “omotenashi”, or hospitality, welcoming all who enter with equal enthusiasm.

The cockpit is designed so the driver can concentrate on the task at hand.

Distracting analogue knobs and buttons have been removed in favour of motion-activated controls and a minimalist display directly ahead.

That sounds pretty cool but the bit we really like is the stuff about four-dimensional navigation.

What, you mean it’s a time machine? Well, in a manner of speaking . . .

“There is also a four-dimensional navigation system which builds on traditional systems by adding the element of time to the equation.

“It acts as a concierge for the occupants by anticipating the needs of the driver and passengers based on the progress, traffic and road conditions along the programed trip, suggesting fuel stops, rest breaks and restaurants, even offering to make hotel reservations.

“Navigation and route information are displayed on the in-dash monitor, the rear seat entertainment screens, or wirelessly connected to passengers’ tablets and smart phones.”

Okay. We’ve got the picture!


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