Lexus LF-1 flagship crossover concept teased

Thursday, 07 Dec, 2017

Lexus says it plans to unveil its concept for a "crossover with no limits" - labelled the LF-1 - at the beginning of January at the Detroit motor show.

A product of Toyota and Lexus' Southern Californian design studio, the flagship SUV concept is expected to evolve the car-maker's current striking design language.

Specific details are few and far between, but a shadowy teaser image gives us a peek at the rear quarter of the concept auto, showing off a split rear spoiler, tail lights running the width of the vehicle and a rakish rear window, as well as a burnt orange paint job and slightly dished alloy wheels.

From what we can see in the only published image so far, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless will flaunt a dramatically more dynamic body, with a sloping roofline and a heavily inclined rear window.

Any production version of the LF-1 would presumably slot-in above the RX at the top of the Lexus SUV range, providing an alternative to premium coupe-SUVs like BMW's X6 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe.

The Lexus LF-1 Limitless gets LF branding in line with many recent Lexus concept cars.

That did come with some advantages - the Toyota model is renowned for its great reliability and supreme ruggedness, but those aren't the type of qualities that Lexus customers are most interested in a auto. Lexus' preferred petrol-electric hybrid powertrains would be favourites to form the mainstay of the engine range.