Lexus is considering producing a new crossover SUV; the automaker has released a hazy teaser of the said SUV in concept form. The full unveiling is scheduled for the Detroit Motor Show in mid-January. The concept is christened Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept. Lexus argues that the new crossover SUV concept will introduce a new design that the automaker believes will introduce a new kind of premium crossover SUVs. Considering the Lexus current lineup of SUVs, the production model the LF-1 Limitless Concept previews will likely slot above the RX in terms of price as well as luxury trappings. The crossover could as well be a successor of the LX, a model which is criticized for being a rebranded Toyota Land Cruiser Prado and undeserving of its $90,000 price.
Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Design
The teaser images are not very clear; from the picture, the concept seems to have two doors which means it may be a two-door crossover or the two doors are just for show. It also looks to have a sweeping rear. The concept has a slight resemblance to the RX crossover. The concept’s sharply raked rear glass, as well as the tail design, resemble those of the RX. The taillights seem to have a wrap-around design that leaves the Lexus emblem at the center. By the way, the emblem is illuminated in blue which suggests the model could be hiding a hybrid mill beneath its bonnet or could feature a hydrogen cell which Toyota seems to prefer to fully-electric drive-trains. The rear spoiler is integrated into the brake lights which are mounted high.
The LF-1 Limitless Concept also has a panoramic glass design; its roof spoiler has a split design that I think makes the model look more flamboyant. The trailing edges of the roof spoiler are illuminated by LED lighting which serves to highlight the split design.
Lexus has not teased the inside of the concept but looking closer at the image provided, one can see two display screens.
Considering the automaker says the concept is a flagship crossover, Lexus may be intending to use the model to rival large premium crossovers in the likes of Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. Its slanting roofline could be intended to extend its rivalry to the likes of Mercedes-Benz GLE and BMW X6. Lexus has also revealed that the concept was conceived and actualized at the CALTY design house which is located in Newport Beach, CA. That’s all the details we have as of now; we have to wait until Lexus showcases the concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January to learn more about Lexus intentions.