- Lexus premiered its new luxury concept car, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless, earlier this month at the Detroit auto show.
- The car was designed by CALTY Design Research in California, with innovation and luxury in mind.
- With features like hands-free driving and a concierge-like navigation system, the LF-1 Limitless pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in a crossover vehicle.
As its name suggests, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless has endless possibilities.
The concept car could be powered by gas, hybrid, or full-electric, with Lexus setting its sights on its entire collection being all-electric or electric-optional by 2025.
Designed at CALTY Design Research in California, the LF-1 Limitless does away with analogue knobs and distracting features, controlled entirely by haptic technology and motion sensors. With individual control consoles and concierge assistance within reach of the driver and all passengers, the LF-1 Limitless is designed with a luxurious yet practical ride in mind.
“The LF-1 Limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers,” said CALTY Design Research President Kevin Hunter in a statement. Boasting innovative self-driving technology and concierge assistance, here’s a closer look at the future of luxury crossovers.
The concept LF-1 Limitless was designed to show off unrestricted, luxurious innovation.
With an exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio, it looks and feels more like a luxury sports car than a crossover.
With 22-inch wheels, a low roofline, and elevated ride height, the crossover is designed to combine performance and practicality.
The grille features a three dimensional design with colours developed in-house by CALTY.
The grille uses LED lighting instead of chrome, taking the classic Lexus spindle grille to the next level.
The design is dubbed “molten katana,” and Lexus says it was inspired by the shapes of liquid metal combined with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.
The interior of the LF-1 Limitless is designed for maximum comfort for every passenger, so the rear seats have as much legroom and accessibility as the front seats.
Dramatic lighting complements the luxurious look and feel of the interior, with several lighting options available based on which driving mode is engaged.
The wooden door trim allows indirect light from mini LED lights to shine in a range of colours developed to complement the overhead lights.
There are no analogue knobs in the car, with all of its controls accessible via either touch screens or motion sensors on the steering wheel.
Acceleration, park, and reverse can all be engaged with haptic controls on the steering wheel.
The LF-1 even offers a Chauffeur mode, allowing hands free operation.
Everything is controlled with by-wire steering, braking, acceleration, lights, and signals.
A concierge-like navigation system is accessible from the center console, and can anticipate the needs of the driver and passengers based on progress, traffic, and road conditions.
It can suggest fuel stops, restaurants, and make hotel reservations.
Passengers have similar screens available, allowing them to access navigation and control individualized entertainment centres and climate zones.
Ultimately, the car is designed to be as comfortable as possible without giving up performance.
The LF-1 Limitless concept shows potential to create an amazing driving experience that is both practical and luxurious.
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