THE FLAGSHIP CROSSOVER
LEXUS LF-1 LIMITLESS
THE FLAGSHIP CROSSOVER
The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept introduces a new genre of luxury vehicle: the flagship crossover. Combining high performance with unrestrained luxury, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a showcase of technology, innovation and the latest evolution of design at Lexus.
Created at CALTY Design Research in California, the design language is rooted in the simple yet elegant concept dubbed molten katana, which fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword. Imagining that shift from a smooth, flowing mass into a solid, chiseled shape formed the basis for the fluid, yet aggressive design of the LF-1 Limitless.
Meet the Lexus LF - 1
The cockpit is designed to allow the driver to concentrate on the task at hand by removing distracting analog knobs and buttons in favor of motion-activated controls and a minimalist display directly ahead. The front passenger space is far more open, with even fewer controls and a wide unobstructed dashboard.
Lighting plays a key role in the look and feel of the interior. Engaging the start button initiates a dramatic lighting sequence of ambient light based on which of the several available driving modes is engaged. For a more subtle effect, the wooden door trim has tiny perforations that allow indirect light from miniature LEDs to shine in a variety of colors that complement the more direct overhead lights.
A four-dimensional navigation system which builds on traditional systems by adding the element of time to the equation. It 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.
Touch-Responsive Haptic Controls
Touch-responsive haptic controls easily reached from the steering wheel interface with the 4D navigation system and integrated comfort and entertainment systems. A touch-tracer pad embedded in the leather-covered center console supports character recognition for data entry. An additional haptic controller in the rear seat center console allows passengers to make their own comfort and entertainment choices.
Chauffeur Mode for Hands-Free Driving
Chauffeur mode allows for hands-free operation thanks to the vehicle’s by‑wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights and signals. For engaged driving, all powertrain controls and mode displays are on the steering wheel to keep the driver focused on the road. The result is smooth, carefree driving with maximum efficiency and reduced risk of accidents.
The LF‑1 concept could be powered by gasoline, hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, battery electric or even fuel cell. By around 2025, every Lexus model around the world will be available either as a dedicated electrified model, or have an electrified option.
Like all current Lexus models, the spindle grille on the LF-1 is a core element to the overall design. On the LF-1 it’s been taken even further. The grille features a three-dimensional design with colors developed in-house by CALTY.
It starts with the right proportions. The Lexus LF‑1’s exaggerated ratios give it an athletic profile that evokes classic grand touring cars rather than an estate wagon. The low roofline and elevated ride height further emphasize that this is a crossover designed for performance with practicality.
Limitless in its potential and possibilities, this concept caters to diverse lifestyles. Likewise, the possibilities for powertrains are limitless. The LF‑1 concept could be powered by fuel cell electric vehicle, hybrid electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, gasoline, or even all-electric.
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