LEXUS’ ‘molten katana’ LF-1 draws from the strong silhouette of Japanese samurai swords
LEXUS is showing off this new flagship concept at the north american internatinonal auto show (NAIAS 2018) in detroit. the ‘LF-1 limitless’ luxury crossover is a thumbnail for the future of the company. hands-free steering, LEDs, a ‘4D’ nav-system that anticipates the needs based on past trips and routines, an in-dash monitor, touchpad center console — technologically, the concept is keeping up with its competitors. in terms of design, the LF-1 may be leading the pack.
you’re looking at ‘molten katana,’ molten as in liquid metal, katana as in a fine japanese sword: the inspirations for the concept’s design. it is as chiseled as it is smooth, fluid, yet aggressive, carefully proportioned with an exaggerated dash-to-axle ratio, athletic in profile, with 22-in wheels and bulging fenders that hide a low-sitting cabin to zen-out in; it’s free like water, and powered by a hidden fire — how every nerd, actual samurai, or designboom writer, strives to be, deep down inside.
the concept features aggressive 22-inch wheels
around 2025, LEXUS claims that all of their vehicles will be electric, or, at the very least have an electrified option. ‘this is our vision for a new kind of flagship vehicle that embraces crossover capability without giving up the performance and luxury delivered by today’s top sedans,’ said kevin hunter, president, CALTY design research. ‘the LF-1 limitless concept incorporates imaginative technology while creating a strong emotional connection by improving the human experience for the driver and passengers.’ here.find out more at the NAIAS website,
accents around the instrument panel and on the steering wheel further enhance the cockpit
the wooden door trim has tiny perforations that allow indirect light from miniature LEDs to shine
engaging the start button initiates a lighting sequence based on which driving modes is selected
additional haptic controller in the rear seat center console puts passengers in control of entertainment
chauffeur mode allows for hands-free operation
the spindle grille on the LF-1 is a core element to the overall design
a split spoiler grabs your eye at the rear of the LF-1