A design study, a preview of the upcoming new generation of the LX fullsize crossover, a hint towards the future design of the brand as a whole, and maybe all of the above.
Lexus has decided to grace the North American International Auto Show with something that will touch the heart of many Americans – an imposing, ultra-luxurious new concept of a crossover. It might be the case that we’re finally approaching that time when the venerable LX SUV (its third generation being out and about for over a decade) is due for a luxobarge replacement. The LF-1 Limitless concept might very well just be a study, but we’re certainly hoping it will also serve as an inspiration and the “potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover,” as per Lexus’s own press release.
The LF-1 Limitles has been penned in partnership with CALTY Design Research in California – the folks that were also used as collaborators for the FT-1 project previewing the new Supra. It comes with massive 22 inch alloys and its imposing dimensions do stand out: 5014 millimeters (197.4 inches) long, 1986 mm (78.2 inches) wide, and 1605 mm (63.2 inches) tall, with the wheelbase at 2974 mm (117.1 inches). The interior is full on minimalism at its best, with a fully digital instrument cluster and a wide infotainment screen – the few conventional controls are accompanied by touch-sensitive buttons and there’s even 4D navigation. No certain powertrain has been advanced, instead Lexus saying it could adopt limitless possibilities – ICE, hybrid, PHEV, EV or FCEV.