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This blobby mess of a thing is the next-generation Lexus LS, caught by our spy photographers. The upcoming version of the flagship luxury sedan replaces the current fourth-gen model that has been in on sale in some form or another for the past 10 years.

Ignore the round halogen headlights and lorry-like rectangular tail lights – the real production-spec LS is set to gain styling inspired by the LF-FC concept shown at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. The low nose (reminiscent of the new LC coupé), upswept window line and a very aggressive version of Lexus’ signature spindle grille (which you can see poking out of the heavy camouflage) are all cues taken from the show car.

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Under the skin, the next LS will be based on Lexus’ new premium rear-wheel drive luxury platform, part of the global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA-L), which made its debut on the LC. Expect the car to be powered with the usual V8 engine as with the current LS 460, with a hybrid version utilising the LC 500h’s Multi Stage Hybrid system slated to be offered as well.

Further down the line, Lexus is expected to unveil a hydrogen fuel cell-powered version before the year 2020 – the system, which powers the rear wheels and can also drive twin in-wheel electric to provide all-wheel drive, was previewed on the LF-FC.