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.


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.