A Lexus spaceship for the future
Typically, teasers are unveiled for a car a week or so before their actual debuts at an international auto show. Lexus has jumped that lead time a bit, by showing a vehicle designed for 700 years in the future.
Of course, there aren’t any plans to actually build what is called the SKYJET. Instead, it’s a tie-in with the upcoming Luc Besson sci-fi movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which takes place in the 28th century. It is described as similar in scope to to Besson’s Fifth Element and the largest-budget movie ever produced in Europe.
The Valerian concept artists worked with Lexus’s design team as well as chief engineer Takeaki Kato to create a vehicle befitting of the futuristic world. Though it has no wheels and appears to be a small personal spacecraft, the SKYJET incorporates distinctive Lexus cues like the spindle grille and L-shaped running lights.
This isn’t the first time a Lexus has starred in a film about the future. In 2002’s Minority Report, starring Tom Cruise, a Lexus sports car with actual wheels was prominently featured. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in theaters in July 2017.