2014 Hyundai Equus

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Hyundai unveiled an updated version of its Equus luxury sedan at the 2013 New York Show. After teasing it for a few weeks, the updated Equus wowed the world today in the Big Apple.

According to Hyundai, the 2014 Equus will receive more than 30 new and enhanced features on both the exterior and the interior. These updates will include higher-quality materials, tweaks to ride and handling, an updated driver information display and new safety features.

On the exterior, the 2014 Equus receives a new front bumper fascia and grille design, new side mirrors and taillight graphics, plus a new set of wheels combined with revised suspensions. The interior receives a completely redesigned instrumental panel and center stack, plus a new series of updates for the materials, rear seats and steering wheel.

Updated 03/28/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 07/12/2013: Hyundai announced prices for the 2014 Equus, which goes on sale this week. Click past the jump to see how much it cost when compared to the 2013 model.

Hit the jump to read more about the 2014 Hyundai Equus.

Exterior

Hyundai Equus

For the 2014 model year, Equus has received a series of updates that transforms the look of the luxury sedan. Updates include a new front grille with thinner chrome bars, while the former chrome accents have been removed in favor of a modern premium appearance.

The company also installed redesigned headlamps with new jeweled design elements and chrome contrasted with black-out finishes. The side mirrors have also been redesigned, while the taillight graphics received a more horizontal theme.

Exterior dimensions:

Wheelbase119.9 inches
Length203.1 inches
Width74.4 inches
Height58.7 inches
Track, front63.8 inches
Track, rear64.1 inches
Overhang, front34.6 inches
Overhang, rear48.6 inches
Coefficient of drag (Cd)0.27

Exterior features:

  • New 19-inch, turbine-blade polished silver wheel design
  • New front bumper fascia and grille design
  • New side mirrors and tail lamp graphics
  • Standard LED fog lamps
  • New Night Shadow Brown exterior color

Interior

Hyundai Equus

For the interior, the 2014 Equus received a redesigned instrument panel and center stack, more premium materials and new button iconography for quicker and easier feature recognition.

The steering wheel received an improved control layout with new low-sheen button designs and icons. The rear passengers receive a new rear console and button layout, with available dual 9.2-inch, high-resolution, adjustable seat-back video screens to enjoy movies, audio, HVAC or seating functions.

As standard equipment, the 2014 Equus includes a larger, 7-inch thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD center cluster display for Signature models, a large 12.3-inch, fully-digital TFT LCD center cluster display for Ultimate models, and a larger, standard 9.2-inch center instrument panel LCD display.

Interior Dimensions:

Head room
Front (with sunroof)38.7 inches
Rear37.6 inches
Legroom
Front45.1 inches
Rear38.8 inches
Shoulder room
Front59.1 inches
Rear58.0 inches
Hip room
Front55.5 inches
Rear55.1 inches
EPA passenger volume109.3 cu. ft.
EPA cargo volume16.7 cu. ft.
EPA total volume126.0 cu. ft.

Interior features:

  • Completely redesigned instrumental panel and center stack
  • Redesigned center console and shift lever design
  • Revised steering wheel control layout with vehicle settings
  • New ivory leather interior environment
  • New, ultra-premium genuine wood trim selections
  • Redesigned rear seat center console controls

Drivetrain

Hyundai Equus

Under the hood, the 2014 Equus keeps the usual 5.0-liter Tau DOHC V-8 engine that delivers a total of 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. The engine is offered with premium technologies, like Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable induction system and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets.

The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual shift capability and delivers a fuel economy of 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.

Though Hyundai has not released a 0-to-60 mph time, last year’s model had the same output and hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. We anticipate the 2014 model to come in near that time, maybe a few tenths of a second quicker.

Drivetrain Specifications

TrimSignatureUltimate
TypeDOHC 32-valve Tau® V8, Dual CVVT (Continuous Variable Valve Timing), Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), Tuned Intake System (TIS)DOHC 32-valve Tau® V8, Dual CVVT (Continuous Variable Valve Timing), Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), Tuned Intake System (TIS)
MaterialsAluminum block and headAluminum block and head
Displacement5.0 liters / 5,038 cc5.0 liters / 5,038 cc
Bore and Stroke96.0 mm x 87.0 mm96.0 mm x 87.0 mm
Valves per cylinder44
Compression Ratio11.5:111.5:1
Horsepower429 / 421 @ 6,400 rpm – Premium / Regular429 / 421 @ 6,400 rpm – Premium / Regular
Torque376 / 365 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm – Premium / Regular376 / 365 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm – Premium / Regular
City MPG15 MPG15 MPG
Highway MPG23 MPG23 MPG
Combined MPG18 MPG18 MPG

Suspension and Brakes

Hyundai Equus

For the 2014 model year, the Equus receives revised suspension for enhanced ride comfort and handling. There are two new driving modes — Normal and Sport — each offering a more differentiated ride and handling character. In Sport mode the model offers more controlled damping and in Normal mode it gets slightly enhanced ride comfort.

Other systems include an electro-hydraulic steering, electronic parking guide assist and Continuous Damping Control (CDC) system which continually monitors road and driving dynamics and optimizes damping force accordingly.

The 2014 Equus is offered with standard 19-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires, sized P245/45R19 up front and P275/40R19 at the rear.

Prices

Hyundai Equus

The 2014 Hyundai Equus will be put on sale this week. Prices will start from $61,000 for the base Signature version and from $68,000 for the Ultimate version. This represents an increase of $1,750 over the previous year.

Base Pricing

TrimMSRP
Signature$61,000
Ultimate$68,000

Competitors

So far this year, Equus is the number-one shopped premium luxury sedan, well ahead of its usual competitors, and for sure, with the improvements it received for the 2014 model year, things will get even better.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The S-Class is entering a new generation for 2014. The S-Class comes in with a slightly updated exterior look, improved interior and a modified engine lineup. There are four levels to choose from, but the S 500 is the only one that we consider a competitor to the Equus. This features a 4.7-liter V-8 with 455 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. This allows the S 500 to hit 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds — a lot faster than the Hyundai — but it will certainly be at least $30,000 more than a similarly equipped Equus.

2013 BMW 7 Series

BMW 7-Series

The 7 Series has also been redesigned for the 2013 model year with changes to the exterior and interior, as well as a lineup of new and upgraded engines. The engine lineup will include a 3.0-liter straight-six gasoline engine that develops a total of 258 horsepower, a 3.0-liter six-cylinder in-line engine that delivers a total of 320 horsepower and a revised 4.4 liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 450 horsepower.

Conclusion

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai Equus is a relatively young model on the market; still, it managed to become a leader in the premium-luxury market, outselling models with a long tradition. We are pretty sure that the updates offered for the 2014 model year will help it to become even better.

LOVE IT
  • Great level of luxury
  • Updated exterior look
  • Tons of luxury for the price
LEAVE IT
  • Just one engine option

Press Release

Hyundai Motor America today introduced the redesigned 2014 Equus premium luxury sedan in a North American debut at the New York International Auto Show with enhancements to exterior and interior design, vehicle dynamics, material selection, driver technology displays and advanced safety features. Equus has been an impressive success story for Hyundai; so far this year, Equus is the number-one shopped premium luxury sedan, well ahead of Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS, and Jaguar XJ according to industry shopping analysis by Compete.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Hyundai Equus

2014 Equus exterior enhancements convey a premium-sport design message, starting with a new 19-inch turbine-blade alloy wheel design in a polished silver finish that relays motion whether parked or on the open highway. The front grille chrome bars are thinner, with sharper contrast to the blacked-out portions of the grille for a sportier look. The front fascia also has been redesigned, with the former chrome accents removed in favor of a modern premium appearance that includes lower fascia opening strakes. The headlamps offer jeweled design elements and include chrome contrasted with black-out finishes for a distinctive appearance. New LED fog lamps are now standard. Side mirrors have been redesigned for enhanced aerodynamics and tail lamp graphics move to a more horizontal theme.

INTERIOR DESIGN

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai engineers wanted the 2014 Equus interior to perfectly complement the enhancements to its exterior. Thus, the themes of premium and performance again greet the driver behind the wheel. The entire instrument panel and center stack have been redesigned with more premium materials and an ergonomically-correct layout, with new button iconography for quicker and easier feature recognition. The center console and shift lever reveal more premium material selection and contemporary premium-luxury design cues. Steering wheel control layout has been improved, with new low-sheen button designs and icons. Similarly, rear passengers will enjoy a new rear console and button layout, with available dual 9.2-inch, high-resolution, adjustable seatback video screens to enjoy movies, audio media, HVAC or seating functions. Rear passengers can even search restaurant locations and provide navigation system directions directly to the driver’s navigation screen.

VEHICLE DYNAMICS

Hyundai Equus

2014 Equus driving dynamics also have been revised to minimize traditional ride and handling compromises, with Normal and Sport modes each taking on a more differentiated ride and handling character. The air suspension was recalibrated: Sport mode receives more controlled damping, while Normal mode receives slightly enhanced ride comfort while retaining a well-controlled handling demeanor. The front suspension bushings were also revised to enhance suspension function. For those customers that experience adverse weather conditions such as ice and snow, a new Snow mode function was added to the drive mode system, for both safety and ease of control in challenging road conditions.

In urban areas, Equus is easy to maneuver and park, thanks to electro-hydraulic steering and its electronic parking guide assist. While the Equus is large, it doesn’t feel over-sized or clumsy due to its 39.6 foot turning circle and variable-effort steering system.

On winding country and mountain roads, the Equus benefits from the precise wheel articulation delivered by its five-link front and rear suspension geometry. This geometry is maximized through Continuous Damping Control (CDC), which continually monitors road and driving dynamics and optimizes damping force accordingly. The standard 19-inch alloy wheel and tire package with staggered width tires (P245/45R19 front P275/40R19 rear) offers excellent grip and precise control.

NEW AND ENHANCED TECHNOLOGIES

Hyundai Equus

All Equus driver-interface displays have been improved for 2014, with a larger, 7-inch Thin-film Transistor (TFT) LCD center cluster display for Signature models, a large 12.3-inch, fully-digital TFT LCD center cluster display for Ultimate models, and a larger, standard 9.2-inch center instrument panel LCD display. New, dual high-resolution 9.2-inch rear seat entertainment monitors have been fitted in place of the former single monitor for rear passengers in the Ultimate model. All of Equus’ new displays are larger and more legible, featuring premium-quality, high-resolution graphics. The Ultimate model’s larger, fully-digital LCD display now offers various driver menus that can be accessed directly via steering wheel haptic dial control, helping to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel for minimal driving distraction.

The climate control system now offers three distinct cabin temperature zones for driver, passenger, and rear passengers. The standard smart cruise control system has been enhanced to include a full 0-mph stop-and-start function for use in stop-and-go traffic. The smart proximity key now includes both key-fob and card-key types of vehicle entry for greater driver convenience. Ultimate models now feature an automatic power door closure assist function; once a door manually approaches full closure, a power function slowly and quietly ensures the door is fully secured for peace of mind. Also on the Ultimate model, both rear outboard passengers now have power lumbar support.

POWERFUL 5.0-LITER TAU V8 ENGINE

Hyundai Equus

The 2014 Equus is powered by Hyundai’s 5.0-liter Tau DOHC V8 engine, producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. The Tau V8 engine creates this high output level while retaining exceptionally smooth power delivery throughout its rpm range, without the turbo lag and surge exhibited by some forced-induction engines.

The 5.0-liter Tau also features direct injection technology. This high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi) dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The 5.0-liter Tau has a high 11.5:1 compression ratio for greater thermal efficiency and output. It also has a bed plate for improved block rigidity and lower NVH, as well as camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain to improve valvetrain stability.

This V8 engine offers premium engine technologies, including Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, fuel economy is estimated at 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 18 mpg combined.

The Tau V8 engine is coupled with a Hyundai-developed eight-speed transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability for enhanced acceleration and overall efficiency.

INNOVATIVE OWNERSHIP EXPERIENCE

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai will continue to offer its unique ownership experience for Equus customers, including tailored dealership showrooms, “Your Time, Your Place” at-home vehicle demonstrations, “At Your Service” valet service appointments and an interactive owner’s manual app for Apple iPad®.

The sales and service experience for Equus is unlike any other in the industry, with a special focus on the customer’s time and convenience. Prospective buyers can participate in the “Your Time, Your Place” valet test drive program, where a specially-trained Product Champion will deliver an Equus to their home or office for a personalized, convenient shopping experience. Equus also features the industry’s first interactive owner’s manual app, providing a convenient and simpler way for owners to become familiar with the full capabilities of the vehicle.

Another benefit of Equus “At Your Service” is completely free maintenance services throughout the five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty period. During this five-year period, any maintenance or warranty issue is fully covered by Hyundai, providing exceptional peace of mind to Equus owners. When service is required, Equus owners can schedule their maintenance and service through a simple online scheduling system or from the interactive owner’s manual. An Equus owner can also choose to have their vehicle picked up at their home or business, with a complimentary loaner dropped off. Once service is completed, the owner again chooses the time and location for the vehicle to be delivered.

PREMIUM REAR-WHEEL-DRIVE ARCHITECTURE

Hyundai Equus

Equus is the third rear-wheel-drive product in Hyundai’s lineup and boasts near perfect front-to-rear weight distribution for exceptional handling balance and more refined steering characteristics. Equus reduces interior noise levels and improves ride and handling with a rigid, lightweight body structure. The use of high-tensile steel in critical areas throughout the unibody provides Equus with significantly higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body structure weight, despite having a spacious interior cabin.

LUXURIOUS FEATURES AND DESIGN

The busy executive as well as the couple heading out on the town will feel right at home in the 2014 Equus due to abundant luxury touches and passenger comfort features. This ambience begins with superior quality materials and design layout. The leather upholstery, Microfiber suede headliner, genuine wood trim and leather-wrapped French-stitched instrument panel showcase the richness of the Equus interior.

The seats are fully adjustable with plenty of width and support. Thermoelectric devices located in the seat backs and bottom cushions provide control for heating, cooling and humidity. There is ample leg and head room for drivers over six-feet tall. In fact, Equus has more leg, head and shoulder room in the front and rear seats than the Lexus LS460.

The driver’s cockpit boasts an abundance of features and premium services. The Driver Information System (DIS) provides navigation, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, HD Radio technology, hands-free Bluetooth® phone system, Blue Link® telematics, and much more.

UNCOMPROMISED SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

Hyundai Equus

For 2014, Equus has added a number of new technologies that reduce the potential for distracted driving by helping drivers to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. A new Blind Spot Detection system is standard, with blind spot vehicle alerts in either mirror. On the Ultimate model, a high-visibility Heads-up Display provides vehicle speed, navigation turn-by-turn instructions, smart cruise control indicators and select driving data viewable well above the cowl plane for reduced driving distraction.

When parking or navigating tight urban situations, Equus Ultimate now offers a multi-view camera system that provides an aerial view of the vehicle with split-screen vehicle perspectives for optimized visibility and safety. In addition, all models now include Rear Cross-traffic Alert to help alert drivers of vehicles crossing their path when backing up.

Equus also offers a lane departure warning system, with audible and visual warnings activated after a one-second lane departure. The system adds a haptic warning, via the seatbelt, for an extra margin of alert. Further, to help maintain safer following distances in traffic, Equus’ smart cruise control automatically manages the Equus’ speed through the braking and throttle systems to maintain a specified following distance selected by the driver.

Equus maintains Hyundai’s emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, boasting world-class active and passive safety features to help prevent accidents, and maximize the well-being of its occupants in the event of a collision. Named a 2013 “TOP SAFETY PICK” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Equus continues the Hyundai tradition of offering key safety technologies, with features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, electronic active front head restraints, lane departure warning system and smart cruise control that monitors and adjusts following distances in traffic. Equus even has a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system that optimally manages ESC, the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control and the seatbelt tensioning system for optimal safety.

Equus’ total of nine airbags include advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants and a driver’s knee airbag. Equus utilizes strong unibody construction, along with front and rear crumple zones, bodyside reinforcements and five-mph energy-absorbing bumpers. The hood also includes buckling creases and safety stops to maximize occupant protection inside the cabin.

Equus is confidently brought to a stop by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 14.2-inch front rotors have four-piston fixed calipers and the rear brakes feature 12.4-inch rotors with single floating piston calipers.

LEXICON® AUDIO SYSTEM OFFERS UNRIVALED AUDIO PERFORMANCE

Hyundai Equus

Equus offers an ultra-premium Lexicon-branded state-of-the-art audio system featuring LOGIC 7® technology. The Lexicon surround sound audio system includes a 13-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing 598 watts of power in 7.1 discrete surround sound audio. Equus also offers the clarity of digital HD Radio technology, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and iPod®/USB integration.

ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE AND HYUNDAI BLUE LINK®
2014 Equus adds the Hyundai Blue Link® telematics system, with over 30 safety, service, and infotainment features available. In addition, Equus with Blue Link® includes Assurance Connected Care, a three-year complimentary services suite with critical safety and ownership assistance features. This three-year complimentary services suite even extends to potential subsequent owners during the three-year period.

Blue Link® combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify owners’ lives, reduce stress and distracted driving. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Vehicle Start, Stolen Vehicle Recovery, and Remote Access from the Blue Link mobile application, including POI Search and Send-to-car. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, the web and via the smartphone app.


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