Lexus Teases LF-1 Flagship SUV Concept Ahead Of Detroit Debut

Lexus will reveal a new flagship SUV concept called LF-1 at the upcoming Detroit Auto Show and decided to tease us with a partial photo of it.

All we know so far is the LF-1 was designed at the CALTY design studio in Southern California and is expected to showcase the next step in Lexus’ current design language, with the company describing it as a “crossover with no limits”.

“Lexus will reveal a striking new concept that reflects the next genre in luxury crossover vehicles. Created by the CALTY design studio in Southern California, the Lexus LF-1 Limitless is a flagship crossover that redefines the boundaries of luxury,” the company said in their short press release.

So it looks like Lexus is getting ready to enter the luxury SUV game, with the single teaser image revealing a sloping roofline which means that the LF-1 concept will most likely be a big SUV Coupe of some sort.

Everything will be much clearer once Lexus pulls the wraps off the LF-1 SUV concept at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.


  • Alter Ego

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    • DuDE

      LF is usually the name for their concepts.

      • Alter Ego

        Oh. Thanks. TIL.

    • RDS Alphard

      What do you meant by using a name similar to LFA?
      The “LF” designation refers to Lexus Future, just like FT in Toyota refers to Future Toyota.

  • Moveon Libtards

    “Japanese cars” designed in the U.S.A.

  • lagunas3ca

    As if that spoiler on SUVs couldn’t look any uglier, Lexus goes and designs one that resembles a camel toe.

    • RDS Alphard

      Toyota already had split spoiler since the 90s, although not on crossover but hatchback.

  • “crossover with no limits”.. oh boy!

  • Nordschleife

    Enter the luxury SUV game. I guess they were like screw the LX that’s currently on sale.

  • Gerald Michael

    That’s the best it’s ever going to look.

  • slow

    Yeah, and 2.0t with 245HP or better 2.5 hybrid. 🙂

  • Imjus Sayin

    Uhh…correct me on this, but if it is designated as “Lexus LF-1 Limitless”, then it should “eliminate the boundaries of luxury”, and not just “redefine the boundaries of luxury”.
    Otherwise luxury is not limitless as Toyota marketing would “redefine” you to believe.

  • ediotsavant

    Timing is right for this flagship. But instead of a sloping roofline, have a vertical one. This will give the cuv a more commanding presence. Just look at the Volvo XC90 which stands out in a sea of rounded cuvs.

    • nastinupe

      I agree, no more Porsche Cayennes.

  • RDS Alphard

    This is either a CT replacement (which is long overdue), or something slot above RX to replaced the seriously outdated GX.

    • MarketAndChurch

      This is a flagship so the latter is probably truer. Although I always thought the LX would remain their flagship, so even if they replace the GX with this crossover looking SUV, it would need to be priced similarly to the LX (90,000 and up) in order to have the title of “flagship.”

      • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

        The LX will always be there own Body on Frame flagship unlike the next GX which will turn out to be the Sporty road runner SUV , joined with the 4 doors A7 competitor as the next GS so the next ES will be solely as there only mid size lux.

    • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

      This is the GX replacement

  • Ary Wisesa

    Well, looks like Lexus falls into the game of horizontal wide rear lights. Bugatti Chiron, Audi A7, Porsche Panamera, and now Lexus ….

  • Lexus getting ready to enter the luxury SUV game? Was this article written in 1995? hmm….
    That year they introduced the LX 450 (a guiltless rebadged Land Cruiser, a la Lincoln Navigator or Cadillac Escalade) without much success… until the RX 300 came to revolutionize the market in 1998.