With the Los Angeles Motor Show still ongoing, Lexus is wasting no time at all in teasing a concept car that’s due to make its debut at the next major event on the automotive calendar. It’s called the LF-1 Limitless, and the Japanese premium automaker as a potential flagship SUV.
Its ironic, too, that this concept car that will be gracing the 2018 Detroit Motor Show in January was designed and constructed by the CALTY design studio in Southern California, which must not have been far from the City of Angels. Instead, because of this mismatch in venue, it’ll need to be hauled to Michigan in America’s far north to make its scheduled premiere.
Not one to shy away from hyperbole, the company continues to describe the LF-1 Limitless as “a crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury”. We don’t doubt their ability to produce very high quality cars, but claiming anything to be able revolutionary is a weighty utterance indeed.
Dissecting the single teaser image here would indicate it to be quite a low-to-the-ground (as far as crossovers go), almost coupe-like interpretation of a crossover, and the admission of it being flagship-worthy suggest both a size and level of opulence to match their LS limousine.
Perhaps it’s also styled quite boldly, meant to appeal to a younger crowd who might not have otherwise considered a Lexus over the other premium marques - typically European. The dark orange exterior colour certainly doesn’t leave much room for the argument that’s it’s sedate and distinguished.
Lexus also does not typically give the ‘LF’ moniker to ordinary models, even concepts. The previous car to wear that name is the LFA, their rather angelic V10 supercar, though we doubt there will be any observable relation to between them, even a ‘spiritual’ one.
That said, Lexus is also known for only tagging its sportier models with the letter F anywhere in their short names. The high performance Lexus IS is called the IS F while the GS F is the name given, you guessed it, to the V8-powered barnstorming version of their executive mid-size saloon.
The letter F featured so prominently in the concept car’s name must mean that it’s envisioned as a high performance (or at the very least driver-focused) spin on a luxury SUV. Should this reach production, the only analogous offering besides could be the Range Rover Sport, and would likely slot in between the RX range and much larger LX 570.