Lexus LF-1: Limitless?
Lexus has big plans for the future of their SUV’s after they pulled the covers off their latest concept car, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless, at the 2018 Detroit Motor Show. The concept crossover looks to be sculpted into a future flagship SUV for the Japanese manufacturer.
The LF-1 will sit between the RX and LX in the Lexus SUV product line-up, and will rival cars like the Range Rover Velar and the Mercedes GLE Coupe.
The concept also ushers in a new direction for the design language that will be used in future Lexus production models. The signature spindle-grille is more pronounced and menacing, while the concept makes use of clever LED positioning around the grille to eliminate the need for actual headlamps.
Lexus hasn’t released any technical specifications, although they have hinted at it being powered by an array of different powertrain set-ups, such as pure electric, plug-in hybrid, hydrogen fuel-cell and petrol hybrid.
Lexus hasn’t revealed any technical details on the car, but it says it could be powered by a range of powertrains, including a hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure electric set-up.
The interior features various levels of new driver technology, from full control over the powertrain to level 5 autonomous driving assistance, which takes care of acceleration, braking, steering and lights, also known as ‘Chauffeur Mode’.
President of the design research team behind the LF-1, Kevin Hunter, said: “The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.”
The concept also showcases Lexus’ take on a futuristic infotainment system that provides the driver with a more intricate user-interface, while anticipating the needs of the occupants in real time by analysing data such fuel stops, food breaks and traffic jams.
Will this be the Lexus SUV that South Africans gravitate towards?