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[PHOTOS] The Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Is the Brand’s Molten Future

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Lexus has brought an all-new concept crossover to the North American International Auto Show, and the opening line of its press release on the subject show just how excited and proud the brand is about it:

“Like molten metal being forged into a fine Japanese sword, the lines of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept have the potential to shape the future of a flagship luxury crossover for Lexus.”

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The concept of a “molten, unforged product” seem to be a major part of the LF-1 Limitless—for example, the hypothetical powertrain for the model is entirely up in the air, with Lexus saying that it could be powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, conventional hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or battery-electric power system. At the same time, Lexus added that by around 2025, every Lexus model, worldwide, will be available either as a fully electric or merely electrified option.

In addition, the design language from CALTY Design Research used to create the LF-1 has been dubbed “molten katana,” with the idea being that the design “fuses the organic shapes of liquid metal with the sharp edges of a traditional Japanese sword.”

And here is the result.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

For reference, here are some examples of katanas.


Photo: wendy huff

You can especially see the sharp edges in the front end, in the frames of the front spindle grille and various design elements like the vents on the rear bumper.

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Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

Inside, CALTY’s design is aimed at following the Japanese tradition of “omentenashi,” or hospitality. Specifically, this means allowing the driver to focus by removing distractions like analog knobs and buttons, instead replacing them with motion-activated controls and a small display ahead of the driver.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept

Then, the back row gets the same seats as the front, with plenty of leg room and their own display screens for climate control or entertainment options.

Overall, the LF-1 Limitless concept spends its time looking just looking sharp.

Lexus LF-1 Limitless Concept Photos