Lexus LF-1 Limitless flagship concept premieres at 2018 NAIAS

The all-new Lexus LF-1 Limitless flagship concept made its debut in Detroit. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)

DETROIT — Lexus unveiled its all new LF-1 Limitless concept vehicle on Monday, Jan. 15 at the 2018 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. In case you are wondering, the “LF” stands for Lexus Future.

“This is our designer’s vision for the future of Lexus for a flagship crossover,” said Vince Salisbury, Lexus College dealer training manager. “It’s got a really sporty front end and crossover back end. The grille is a new signature look for the Lexus grille. It looks like it’s bursting out like a 3D effect. The daytime running lights and headlamps are able to light up in synchronization as you walk up to the car.”

The LF-1 Limitless concept sits on 22-inch wheels. The exterior color is described as rose copper. Boy, does it look like a million bucks. It also features a panoramic glass roof and a split rear spoiler. Instead of rear view mirrors, there are cameras on both doors that project images on tiny screens on the inside of the car.

“Some of the trim features carry over the exterior color, this rose copper color, into the trim,” Salisbury added. “They put fiber optic lighting underneath the trim for subtle illumination. When you push button in the center, it starts doing a light show inside the car. All of the drive controls are on the steering wheel. There’s no gear shift handle. It gives you more space in the center.”

There is a touch sensor to select one of three drive modes on the steering wheel: normal, sport and chauffeur. The chauffeur mode offers autonomous features that allows the driver to take their hands off the wheel.

The LF-1 Limitless was created at CALTY Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif.

When will it go into production? That’s up in the air. Lexus U.S. general manager Jeff Bracken wants the LF-1 Limitless concept to be built. However, it’s not yet known how long it will take.

Look for the Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept when you visit the North American International Auto Show.

Stay with for continuing coverage of the 2018 NAIAS all week long…




Lexus executives hope to bring this SUV–or one like it–to the market in the near future. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


The front end features LED headlamps and a futuristic looking design. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


The driver’s seat in the all-new Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


The steering wheel features buttons to change the driving modes replacing a shifter in between the front row of seats. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


The rear of the Lexus LF-1 Limitless flagship concept. (Jason Rzucidlo/AmericaJR)


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