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Lexus Announces LF-1 Limitless Crossover Concept

Lexus LF-1 Concept

Lexus has just released the first image of the LF-1 Limitless, a new crossover concept that will debut at the Detroit Auto Show. Click for the full high-resolution image:

Lexus LF-1 Concept

Here’s the full press release:

DETROIT – Dec. 5, 2017 – Lexus will reveal a striking new concept that reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. Created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a flagship crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury.

The Lexus LF-1 Limitless will be revealed at the Lexus Press Conference taking place at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

From the name alone, it’s clear the LF-1 Limitless is a significant vehicle for Lexus — the last concept to get a single character name was the LF-A supercar.

Let’s dig a little deeper into the photo, first by cranking up the brightness:

Lexus LF-1 Brighter

Here, we can see a tear-drop panoramic roof and a better idea of the vehicle’s scale — the rear doors and the slope of the rear window would suggest a size similar to the NX or RX. The rear trunk lid comes to a point, similar to the LC coupe.

Zoom up closer to the displays presumably embedded into the front seat headrests, and we get another surprise:

Lexus LF-1 Display

Squint and you can see what looks to be the overall profile of the LF-1 concept, complete with a massive hood and short front overhang. It appears that Lexus plans to release its first RWD crossover.


Even with just this small image, the LF-1 Limitless promises to add a new dimension to the Lexus lineup. How will it fit alongside the other crossovers? What’s going to be under the hood? Will it incorporate the design of the LS sedan and LC coupe? Sound off in the comments, let’s start speculating!

Comments
Based on the teaser image and the roofline - which seem to indicate 2 rows - I don't see how this could at all be related to the GX. Also, the GX has never been considered a flagship vehicle because it slots under the flagship LX.

I think we are seeing Lexus create something totally different here: LS/LC levels of technology, refinement and sophistication on a RWD/AWD crossover. In a sense, it will bridge the gap between the LS and LX.
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Hopefully a new top crossover to go against Porsche and Range Rover. The LX is to my mind a different kind of vehicle from these it is more rugged go anywhere type of vehicle, I see this as a slick top class top crossover not really meant for Africa but for city and highway driving powerful and very luxury, Bently Bentago rival?
@Gecko
The GX was meant to be the GL competitor from the beginning
So this means that it's the competitor of current Benz GLS which is one of 2 flagships in the current benz
maiaramdan
@Gecko
The GX was meant to be the GL competitor from the beginning
So this means that it's the competitor of current Benz GLS which is one of 2 flagships in the current benz
Not really. GX has always been body-on-frame, came out before the GL/GLS and costs significantly less ($51k base vs $70k base).

If anything, the GLS has always been a bit of a half-assed, stop-gap effort from Mercedes and is more geared towards being a family hauler than a flagship vehicle. Yes, it's their largest SUV, but the interior is no more plush than a decade-old ML/GLE. It's far from being the "S Class" of Mercedes' SUV line, and many regard it as a bit of an "in betweener" among cars like GX and LX. I think the next generation will be different as GLE and GLS will both grow and leave behind their awkward sizes and status, becoming truly midsize (GLE) and full size (GLS). GLS is most often compared to X5 and Q7, not truly flagship SUVs like LX, Escalade, Range Rover, etc.

I'm failing to see how a sporty two-row, admittedly "flagship" crossover will challenge what has historically been a three-row family hauler? If anything, the best competition for this new Lexus will be the GLE Coupe. If Mercedes makes the GLS larger and more luxurious in the next gen, as is widely rumored, it will compete more directly with the LX. If they make the GLE slightly larger with three rows, it will compete somewhat with the GX.
@Gecko

I am not talking this from your or most of people point of view, I am saying this from Lexus own point of view, depending on a past conversation with executive from year 2007

I am searching this conversation for you , he said that the GL competitor inside the Lexus lineup is the GX not the LX
See that grey piece going along the top on the side? I think that may be a roof rack that comes up when activated from the inside. Probably only a concept gimmick, however.
meth.ix
See that grey piece going along the top on the side? I think that may be a roof rack that comes up when activated from the inside. Probably only a concept gimmick, however.
Haha, similar to the speed activated rear wing on the LC. Like that idea. :)

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