Lexus Teases LF-1 Limitless Flagship CUV Concept for 2018 Detroit Auto Show
Plus-Sized Concept Could Preview Audi Q8 Competitor
Rakish crossover coupes are all the rage nowadays, as evidenced by everything from the all-new Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross to the segment-inventing BMW X6. And now, it’s possible that Lexus could be getting in on the game, with the company teasing the LF-1 Limitless concept, bound for the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month.
Created by Toyota’s CALTY design studio in Southern California, Lexus says the LF-1 Limitless is a “flagship crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury.” Based on that statement, we presume the LF-1 will theoretically slot in above the RX, and a production version of the concept could do battle with the upcoming Audi Q8, as well as the Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe and aforementioned X6. It could also preview a crossover replacement for the body-on-frame Lexus GX.
Details are scarce other than that marketing-driven hyperbole, but we can make a few guesses based on the single teaser image Lexus provided.
The LF-1 Limitless features a decidedly fast hatchback profile, aping the Lexus RX's slanted rear glass. A strong shoulder line wraps around the rear of the crossover, forming a hard character line on the hatch with a full-width taillight panel spanning beneath it. The blue-illuminated Lexus badge suggests the LF-1 will have hybrid power, at least theoretically. Above the rear window is a split-wing rear spoiler that incorporates a CHMSL into its two sections. A satin-finished piece of metal is integrated into the doors’ upper shutline, forming either window trim or roof rails.
As one might expect of a flagship vehicle, the rear seats will likely get lots of luxury. Plainly visible in a lightened version of the teaser photo is a pair of infotainment screens mounted in front of the rear passengers. Roof glass also extends nearly to the rear spoiler, giving all passengers a panoramic view of the sky above.
Other than those assumptions, we don’t know much about the crossover. But Lexus will reveal all at its Detroit press conference next month, and we’ll be on hand to learn more then.