Lexus concept points to sporty flagship crossover

Joanna Estrada
December 7, 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.

Lexus describes the concept as a flagship model, suggesting that the vehicle, in production terms, would be an SUV coupé sitting above the range-topping RX, much like the positioning of the Audi Q8 in comparison with the Q7.

Instead the Lexus sports a sleek coupe-like roofline and just two rows of seats, and if it went into production the premium Japanese crossover would slot above the current RX, likely competing with the forthcoming Audi Q8.

After a few years of wandering around, Lexus seems to have found a new groove now with the launch of the LC coupe, but also the NX crossover which showed the company could import some of that exciting design features into its SUV lineup as well.

Screens in the back show a conventional seating layout, while a glimpse at a screen in the front confirms that the vehicle is at least a two-row SUV.

The Japanese company says the auto, which is thought to signpost the design language of the new SUV, "seeks to redefine the boundaries of luxury" and "heralds a new genre of luxury crossover vehicles".

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 vehicle.

Stay tuned because Lexus is expected to continue to tease its LF-1 in the build to the Detroit show.

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