Kevin Hunter explains: “This is our vision of the new flagship model,” with cross-border capabilities, without sacrificing the performance and luxury that today’s top sedans offer. President of CALTY, a Lexington, Calif., Design studio, refers to the LF-1 Limitless concept car, one of several fascinating concept cars released at the 2018 North American International Auto Show this week in Detroit. This is a specially designed for a variety of powertrain models – fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, battery electric. The Japanese brand’s goal is to have all models as dedicated electric vehicles by 2025 or global electric models.
LF-1 is visually fearless. Just as Lexus does today in the production of cars, it is certainly not afraid to challenge our perception of high-end automotive design. Lexus likes to name its modeling theme. Here, the team is working under the banner of Melting Samurai, a fusion of organic-shaped liquid metal and the sharp edge associated with a traditional Japanese samurai sword. So the body changes from a smooth, flowing mass to a solid, well-defined shape. The bold Lexus spindle grille reappears on the LF-1 and the chrome element is largely replaced by LED lighting.
There are many delicious graphic elements on the LF-1, such as the spoiler on the edge of the roof or the rear opening that looks like the tailpipe but through the airflow vents on the rear wheels. It is equipped with a generous panorama roof floodlight cabin – a design, invitation, calm, smart and Japanese hospitality omotenashi reflects the space.
At the same time, Infiniti revealed the Q Inspiration concept. It previewed a new generation of future cars for Nissan’s premium brands and ordered a new ProPilot for the first time at Infiniti in its own time. This concept presents an advanced powertrain, next-level autonomous driving technology and a people-centered interior that enrich the driver’s experience. The new VC-Turbo engine powers the combination of turbocharged petrol power with the torque and efficiency of a hybrid or diesel engine.
Karim Habib, executive director of design, said the traditional car architecture will be pushed to the next stage. “Moving to a drivetrain that is smarter, more compact and less disruptive, we can create a more fluid, more personal, more experienced alternative,” he added, “and it signals Infiniti’s entry A new era.
In the meantime, Nissan’s XMotion is a vision of a SUV that incorporates Japanese culture and American design. The concept car has a retractable roof box that is pushed into the far corners of the car and eliminates any metal overhangs.
Although internally, some interesting ideas are being tested. For example, the 4 + 2 seat layout allows three rows of two seats for modular cabin space. Designed around the theme of “kigumi,” nature has seven screens on the dashboard and roof, forming a “digital room mirror” controlled by human gestures, movements and sounds.