Lexus established the luxury
crossover segment two decades ago with the global debut of the RX 300 at
Detroit. It remains the top-selling
luxury crossover despite nearly 50 competitors that have since entered the
segment. Now, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept introduces a new genre of luxury
vehicle: the flagship crossover. Combining high performance with unrestrained
luxury, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a showcase of technology, innovation and
the latest evolution of design at Lexus.
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 even all-electric. By around
2025, every Lexus model around the world will be available either as a
dedicated electrified model, or have an electrified option.
The innovative spirit of the
LF-1 was created at CALTY Design Research in California. The design language is
rooted in the simple yet elegant design concept dubbed “molten katana”. This
design visualisation fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp
edges of a traditional Japanese sword. Imagining that shift from a smooth,
flowing mass into a solid, chiseled shape formed the basis for the fluid, yet
aggressive design of the LF-1 Limitless.
“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,” he added.
The Lexus LF-1’s exaggerated
dash-to-axle ratio gives it an athletic profile that’s more sports car than
station wagon. Combined with a cabin that sits deep within the rear-wheel drive
chassis and aggressive 22-inch wheels barely contained under bulging fenders,
the LF-1 has a powerful stance that conveys its performance intentions at a
glance. The low roofline and elevated ride height further emphasise that this
is a crossover designed for performance with practicality.
Source: Toyota Motor
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