Before you jump the gun, no, you’re not looking at an old car. This is in fact an all-new, third-generation Toyota Century, a nameplate with considerable regality conceived in 1967. While the second-generation model launched in 1997 came with a V12 engine, this new one gets a downsized 2UR-FSE direct-injection 5.0 litre hybrid V8 – related to the older Lexus LS600h which made 394 hp and 520 Nm of torque – from the Toyota Hybrid System II family.

According to Toyota, the powertrain choice (it’s a rear-wheel drive) gives the Century best-in-class fuel consumption. Toyota has yet to reveal output figures, but what we do know is the electric motors – juiced by a nickel-metal hydride battery pack of undisclosed capacity – features a two-stage reduction device for a smoother and quieter drive. Even the engine mounts, suspension and tyres are specifically designed and tuned to reduce noise and vibration.

In terms of dimensions, its footprint is now larger than before, measuring 5,335 mm long, 1,930 mm wide, 1,505 mm tall and with a wheelbase of 3,090 mm. This dwarfs even the long-wheelbase W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class by 89 mm, 31 mm and nine mm respectively. However, the Sonderklasse’s wheelbase is 75 mm longer at 3,165 mm.

All told, the luxury limousine is larger in every way compared to its predecessor, and it now features Toyota Safety Sense P with collision avoidance support, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert and more.

Like it or not, there’s no denying the presence of Toyota’s flagship four-door sedan. It’s designed with Japanese luxury in mind – albeit with a huge retrospective touch, seeing as how closely it resembles the predecessors – to achieve a simple yet modern outlook. The front receives full LED headlamps with Adaptive High Beam System (AHS), LED DRLs in the lower section, a huge front grille with a unique badge and a crown emblem on the hood.

The C-pillars are slightly straightened to match the raised roofline and at the same time accentuate interior space. At the back rests are pair of LED combination taillamps encased in a slim chrome housing with a blacked-out panel in between. The tailgate is neatly finished of with the Century wording.

It’s strictly a four-seater limo (there is no middle seat for the rear bench at all) with two choices of upholstery: a heather-patterned 100% wool (like in the pictures here) that is ultra soft and flexible or a high-end, supple leather wrap. Between the front seats is a display panel for multimedia consumption, above which are twin air vents (the B-pillars also have one on each side) and multiple storage compartments below.

For industry captains there’s a step-less and powered leg rest behind each front seat to go with the powered rear seats with built-in massage function. All this can be controlled via an integrated LCD panel within the rear centre armrest, which enables air-con, audio and seating controls for all seats. Other amenities include a writing table, LED reading lights and 20-speaker premium sound system.

The Toyota Century will be making its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. The model has always been sold for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM), although several units have been exclusively exported for Japanese officials stationed abroad.