Lexus gives glimpse of flagship LF-1 SUV

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Lexus gives glimpse of flagship LF-1 SUV

Thought to have been developed to sit above the LandCruiser-based LX 570 in the Lexus SUV range, the new LF-1 is tipped to share architecture with the luxury LS limousine.

The single image, posted on the auto maker's social media channels, shows a large rakish four-door coupe SUV Lexus claims will reflect the "next genre in luxury crossover vehicles" rather than a traditional Range Rover-shaped vehicle. Meanwhile, the rear spoiler appears to integrate the high-mount brake light and a cutout for a glass roof panel into its split design. The company released a teaser for a concept SUV it plans to unveil at next year's Detroit Auto Show, and even though it doesn't reveal much, it's enough to know it has nothing to do with the Toyota Land Cruiser.

Now named the LF-1, the concept was created by the company's Calty design studio located in Southern California.

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Although no pictures showing the inside of the LF-1 Limitless have been released, it's possible to glimpse two of the car's interior display screens in the teaser image.

Any production version of the LF-1 would presumably slot-in above the RX at the top of the Lexus SUV range, providing an alternative to premium coupe-SUVs like BMW's X6 and the Mercedes GLE Coupe. The studio has previously been responsible for the LF-LC concept that was revealed at the motor show in Detroit in 2012, and then went on to eventually become the stunning LC coupe. Lexus' preferred petrol-electric hybrid powertrains would be favourites to form the mainstay of the engine range.

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