The Lexus LF-1 Limitless concept debuted at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year, and when we first laid eyes on it, we didn’t think it would remain just a concept for long. Because given how hot the crossover market is right now, a sleek, coupe-styled model is almost certainly going to be a runaway hit — and the LF-1 Limitless basically defines sleek and coupe-styled.
And unlike, say, the stunning Genesis Essentia Concept we drooled over at the New York Auto Show last month, it actually looks fairly close to production, especially given how little Lexus has tweaked models like the LC 500, and even the significantly cheaper NX, when it’s brought them from fantasy to reality. One change we will expect to see? Door handles. But those bothersome necessities seldom surface on a concept, regardless of who pens it.
So while we expected we’d eventually see a production version of the LF-1 Limitless in the showroom of your local AutoNation-affiliated Lexus dealer, thanks to our friends over at Motor Authority, we now have an idea of how it will be badged. Turns out the Lexus parent company Toyota recently submitted a patent for the LQ name, and as they pointed out, the two-letter syntax is only used on Lexus. The L signifies that it’ll be one of the company’s top of the line models, like the LC or LS, and the Q means it’ll feature a new body style — most likely a large coupe-style crossover.
More news when we have it. Keep your fingers crossed it looks as good as the concept!