With the LF-1 Limitless concept Lexus is exploring a potentials of a flagship luxury crossover at Detroit Motor Show.

It is combining high performance with luxury and showcases technology and the latest evolution of design at Lexus. It could be powered by fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline or all-electric powertrains and hints to the fact, that by around 2025 every Lexus model will be available either as electrified vehicle.

LF-1 Limitless concept was designed at CALTY Design Research in California. Designed conceived its design language from a simple yet elegant design concept of "molten katana" which fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.

"This is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today's top sedans," said Kevin Hunter, president, CALTY Design Research. "The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers."

In the interiour Lexus LF-1 Limitless in the sense of Japanese tradition of omotenashi, or hospitality, welcoms all who enter. To allow driver to concentrate on the driving, designers removed distracting analog knobs and buttons in favor of motion-activated controls and a minimalist display. Lighting also plays a key role in the look and feel of the interior. Driver has possibility to chose Chauffeur mode for hands-free operation thanks to the vehicle's by-wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights and signals, but there also remains a possibility of hands-on driving with powertrain controls on the steering wheel to keep the driver engaged and focused on the road.

There is also a four-dimensional navigation system on board which also acts as a concierge for the occupants by anticipating the needs of the driver and passengers based on the progress, traffic and road conditions along the programmed trip, suggesting fuel stops, rest breaks and restaurants, even offering to make hotel reservations.

Jan. 17, 2018 Driving photo: Lexus

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