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Lexus understands that a modern flagship should be a massive, comfy, opulent SUV, so it introduced the LF-1 Limitless Concept at the Detroit Auto Show.

Lexus blended the presence and vibe of a luxury sedan with the functionality and practicality of an SUV, which isn’t a new idea. But it is one of the first brands to embrace its giant moneymaker as its flagship. Lexus has had big SUVs before, sure, but that’s been the truck-based LX. This is a crossover, and far nicer than your average mall-crawling RX.

If the vehicle goes into production, Lexus claims, it will be available with a “miniature supercomputer” capable of predictive autonomy. Lexus also says that the concept could be fuel cell, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, gasoline or all-electric-powered, clearly because the possibilities are “limitless.”

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Lexus also called the concept a “molten katana,” which I find puzzling because there is nothing less katana-like than a chunky crossover.

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It’s rear-wheel drive and has 22-inch wheels. And has a super scary spindle grille! The Chauffeur mode, which lets you drive hands-free, is helped along by the car’s “by-wire steering, braking acceleration, lights and signals.”

I’m sure the production version will look pretty similar to this, Predator-face and all. If it happens, of course.

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