2017 Hyundai Equus

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Hyundai got serious about stepping up to the luxury segment when it brought the full-size, rear-drive Equus to the U.S. in 2010, and it would appear that there are enough people willing to buy a $60,000+ Hyundai that a next-gen Equus is on the horizon. These spy shots captured a heavily camouflaged Equus undergoing cold-weather testing near the Arctic Circle, and from what there is to see, the car seems to be fairly far along in its development, which means we might see the 2017 Hyundai Equus as early as the end of this year.

With the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class debuting last year, and new BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS sedans on the way, the 2017 Hyundai Equus definitely has some tough acts to follow. Considering the quality of the current Equus and the improvements Hyundai has made in recent new-model launches, the Equus should be able to put some real heat on the competition.

Updated 08/26/2015: A camouflaged prototype of the 2017 Hyundai Equus was recently spotted near Hyundai’s test center at the Nurburgring, signaling that a European version of the luxury sedan could be in the works.

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2017 Hyundai Equus

2017 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai got serious about stepping up to the luxury segment when it brought the full-size, rear-drive Equus to the U.S. in 2010, and it would appear that there are enough people willing to buy a $60,000+ Hyundai that a next-gen Equus is on the horizon. These spy shots captured a heavily camouflaged Equus undergoing cold-weather testing near the Arctic Circle, and from what there is to see, the car seems to be fairly far along in its development, which means we might see the 2017 Hyundai Equus as early as the end of this year.

With the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class debuting last year, and new BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS sedans on the way, the 2017 Hyundai Equus definitely has some tough acts to follow. Considering the quality of the current Equus and the improvements Hyundai has made in recent new-model launches, the Equus should be able to put some real heat on the competition.

Updated 08/26/2015: A camouflaged prototype of the 2017 Hyundai Equus was recently spotted near Hyundai’s test center at the Nurburgring, signaling that a European version of the luxury sedan could be in the works.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2017 Hyundai Equus.

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TopSpeed Podcast Episode 005 - "Apparently we like the Ford Bronco"

TopSpeed Podcast Episode 005 - "Apparently we like the Ford Bronco"

Happy Thursday, everybody. We made it to the incredible milestone of five (5!) episodes. It may not seem like much, but it is our first step towards world Podcast domination. Also, for reasons that I can’t really explain, we spend a lot of time at multiple points in the podcast discussing the Ford Bronco. So, yeah.

In this week’s episode, Mark, Justin and myself find ourselves rambling about the Hyundai Equus, Mistubishi Lancer GT and the Ford Flex Ecoboost in the Weekly Wheels segment.

For the big news stories of the week, we cover the shenanigans that transpired over April Fool’s Day, and slowly built into a horsepower war. We begin with the BoldRide created Jeep rally hatchback, then we move to the deliciously powerful rumor of a Jaguar F-Type Club Sport. Moving the horsepower even higher, we talk about the rumored 700-horsepower SRT Challenger Hellcat, and finish the insanity with some talk of the 2,000-horsepower Trion Nemesis. There is a bit of talk about the current legal dustup with Ferrari and fan’s Facebook page, as well.

For the Q&A segment, we field a pair of great questions from you guys. The first involves our thoughts on the success of super-cheap superminis, like the Dacia, and if we think they would work in the states. Our second question involves our ability to maintain a critical viewpoint when dealing with cars or brands that we hold a certain loyalty to.

Both great questions that lead to some interesting discussion.

We finish with the new Own, Drive, Burn segment where we argue over the merits of the classic mud-slingers of the International Scout, Jeep Wrangler and Ford Bronco.

Make sure to keep all those comments, questions and suggestions coming. You can hit us up here in the comments, reach us on Twitter using our new podcast account @TopSpeedPodcast or you can reach us via email: Podcast@TopSpeed.com

Thanks for hanging with us for five episodes, everyone!! See you next Thursday.

Hosts: Christian Moe, Justin Cupler, Mark McNabb
Weekly Wheels: Ford Flex, Mitsubishi Lancer GT, Hyundai Equus

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2014 Hyundai Equus

2014 Hyundai Equus

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.

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2013 Hyundai Equus Hermes Edition

2013 Hyundai Equus Hermes Edition

A few years ago, Hyundai collaborated with Italian fashion label Prada to build a special-edition Prada-designed Genesis model. That endeavor proved to be a flop as only about 400 of the 1,200 models were sold.

But the Korean automaker is apparently undaunted because it’s once again taken the same partnership route, only this time it’s with French fashion brand Hermes.

Called the Hyundai Equus Hermes Edition, the special-edition model is only three units strong and none of them are for sale. Guess Hyundai learned a lesson or two from the Prada debacle, huh?

Aesthetically speaking, each of the three Equus Hermes models have interiors that live up to Hyundai’s pursuit of a "modern premium" car. More than 20 high-end items were used to dress up the interior, including luminary materials like crocodile leather lining the door panels. If the material rings a bell, it’s also the same one Hermes uses on a lot of its handbags.

As an extended wheelbase, the Equus Hermes has enough space to accommodate a host of luxury features, particularly the rear, which has its own folding table, four-cup holders, a water bottle compartment, and a large storage space, among other things.

Unfortunately, none of the three units of the Equus Hermes Edition are up for sale, according to Hyundai. But if you want to learn more about the automaker’s rationale in building the unique luxury sedan, you can check out its Q&A regarding the Equus Hermes Edition after the jump.

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2012 Hyundai Equus Limousine Security

2012 Hyundai Equus Limousine Security

Hyundai is coming to the upcoming Moscow International Automobile Salon with a very cool armored version of the Equus sedan. The new limo was developed in cooperation with Stoof International GmbH in Germany and incorporates an elaborate range of upgraded features specially designed for exclusive stretched limousine with ballistic and blast protection.

The new Hyundai Equus Limousine Security measures 5.46 meters in
length and weighs a total of 8465 lbs. The model is equipped with an armored shell designed to fully protect the interior from ballistic penetration from any angle. Hyundai and Stoof paid special attention to those critical areas where the glass is connected to the body components. These areas were designed with special "labyrinth" overlaps protecting the passengers inside from blast projectiles and splinters. The Equus fully complies with VR7 protection level and is ballistically certified to the protection level.

Under the hood, Hyundai has placed a powerful 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine that delivers an impressive 430 HP, allowing the car to deliver impressive dynamics and agility.

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2013 Hyundai Equus

2013 Hyundai Equus

After officially being unveiled for the 2011 model year with a 385 HP 4.6-liter V8 engine, the Hyundai Equus is getting a boost for the 2013 model year. The sedan has received a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers a total of 429 HP with Premium fuel or 421 HP with Regular, mated to a new, in-house eight-speed transmission. The transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by more than 6% compared to the previous six-speed transmission.

Next to these changes, the 2013 Equus comes with a new White Satin exterior with Saddle interior addition to the color palette. Also, a new Gran Premio Gray exterior color will replace Granite Gray beginning with the September 2012 production. In terms of exterior or interior design, no changes have been made.

Prices for the 2013 Hyundai Equus will start at $59,250 for the Signature model and at $66,250 for the Ultimate.

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2010 Hyundai Equus by Mummbles Marketing

2010 Hyundai Equus by Mummbles Marketing

The Equus models keep building up at this year’s SEMA Auto Show. We’ve already seen the Equus tuned byDUB Magazine and the one by RMR, but this next one comes from Mummbles Marketing. This newest Equus tuning project may have a ridiculous name, but the vehicle representing it is nothing but pure elegance.

The Mummbles Marketing Equus features engine, interior, exterior, brake, wheel, and suspension modifications, as well as one-of-a-kind audio and video enhancements. For the exterior the tuner offers a new front bumper, side skirts, rear bumper (with carbon fiber insert), a rear wing, and a carbon fiber hood. The exterior package is finished by 22" Work Equip E10 wheels.

For the engine, the tuner will offer a new turbo kit and a new Magnaflow dual-exhaust system, plus some new brakes and a new suspension system. The engine will be pumping out 65 more hp than the V8 found in the current Equus and 21 hp more than the 5.0-liter Tau V-8 powered Equus due to the work done on the turbo kit by Mummbles, Legacy Innovations, and S-Max.

"The Equus is a well-rounded, luxurious car with pure functionality and high-end performance capabilities and our SEMA car will be built with many of the best tools and products for customizing a high-end luxury sedan," said Peter Colello, owner, Mummbles Marketing. "Mummbles’ ‘Elegant Equus’ is the ultimate VIP vehicle and will definitely be a must-see car at this year’s SEMA Show."

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Hyundai Equus DUB Edition

2010 Hyundai Equus DUB Edition

There is already going to be one souped up Hyundai Equus at the 2010 SEMA Auto Show thanks to Rhys Millen Racing, but now we hear that there will be two luxury sedans hitting up the showroom floor in the next week. The second Hyundai Equus comes to us from DUB Magazine and will feature some tasty custom details.

The new DUB Edition Hyundai Equus will be distinguished by a Trex DUB Design mesh grille, DUB Design custom body kit, tinted windows and tail lights, and a custom two-tone, gloss black-and-matte charcoal paint job. The package will be finished by 24" TIS modular style 10 wheels wrapped in Pirelli Pzero Nero Tires.

The interior will be fitted with Infiniti Kappa components including nine Infiniti Kappa Series speakers, KAPPA ONE mono, and KAPPA FOUR four-channel amplifiers. Additionally, the interior of the Equus will feature DUB Design custom leather and suede, a DUB Design illuminated headliner, and custom rear bucket seats. Your time in the comfy interior will be spent listening to the new world-class Lexicon audio system that will also be offered.

The focus on Hyundai’s new flagship sedan shouldn’t be surprising considering the praise it has received since its attack on the luxury car segment. Throw in some sweet modifications from DUB Magazine and we’ll even hop on board and wave our Hyundai badge. Nicely done.

Press release after the jump.

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Rhys Millen Racing's Hyundai Equus spotted ahead of SEMA

Rhys Millen Racing’s Hyundai Equus spotted ahead of SEMA

Rhys Millen Racing’s tuned-up Hyundai Equus luxury sedan is one of those cars that we’re excitedly waiting for when it makes its SEMA debut in a couple of weeks.

Sure, there are probably going to be more bombastic looking cars out there in Las Vegas when SEMA opens, but we’re curious as heck as to know how the boys from Rhys Millen Racing took up the challenge of spicing up the Equus.

We already know a few details about the car, including all those carbon fiber accessories included in the luxury car and the inclusion of a set of HRE 21-inch P40 wheels. RMR also gave the Equus a performance upgrade with the addition of air intake and a stainless exhaust that spike up the car’s pony power by 30 horses - from the standard 385 horsepower to 415 horsepower.

Ahead of it’s unveiling in SEMA, the car was spotted being worked on just outside a local interior shop. Check out the photos taken of the RMR-tune Equus, including one where the interior still appears to be a work in progress.

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2011 Hyundai Equus

2011 Hyundai Equus

Yesterday, Hyundai unveiled the 2011 Sonata Hybrid and 2011 Sonata 2.0T. Today, they brought us the 2011 Equus luxury sedan which makes us take Hyundai a little more seriously than we have before. It will compete with models such as the Lexus LS 460 and the Mercedes-Benz S550 and will go on sale with a starting price in the mid $50,000 range.

The 2011 Equus shares the same architecture as the Genesis sedan, but it’s 7.2 inches longer. It is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 385 HP and 333 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control.

The exterior design is defined by a subtle horizontal radiator grille, well-proportioned headlamps, LED turn signals, bolder lower air intakes, bold taillights, strong shoulders, fully-integrated asymmetrical exhaust tips an,d rear LED turn signal indicators. In the interior, Equus adds leather upholstery, Alcantara headliner, natural wood trim, and a leather-wrapped French-stitched instrument panel.

Updated 10/20/2010: Hyundai today announced prices for the new Equus luxury sedan that will go on sale this December. The lavishly contented Equus Signature will be priced at $58,000 and the top-of-the-line Equus Ultimate at $64,500.

Press release after the jump.

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RMR Signature Edition Equus coming to SEMA

RMR Signature Edition Equus coming to SEMA

Next to the Sonata 2.0T by RIDES and the Hyundai Genesis Coupe by ARK, Hyundai will also be bringing a special Equus prepared by RMR to this year’s SEMA show.

The RMR Equus will feature carbon mirrors, front chin and rear deck spoilers, a two-tone carbon fiber, and Red Bull Racing blue satin clear paint by BASF. The whole package is finished by HRE 21-inch P40 wheels. For the interior, RMR is offering embroidered headrests and floor mats, plus ostrich hide leather seats with suede accents.

In order to increase the engine’s performance, RMR is offering air intake and stainless exhaust that increase the output to 415 HP from a standard 385hp.

"This is the third consecutive year we’ve partnered with Hyundai to bring a must-see car to the SEMA Show,” said Rhys Millen, owner, Rhys Millen Racing. “The intelligent luxury platform of the new rear-wheel drive Equus is a perfect vehicle for tuners who have graduated from other segments and want to work with the best the automotive industry has to offer."</p.

Press release after the jump.

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Motor Trend compares the Bentley Mulsanne to the Hyundai Equus

Motor Trend compares the Bentley Mulsanne to the Hyundai Equus

We suspect that either Motor Trend has gone off the deep end or they just have too much time on their hands, but whatever their rationale is, they decided that there’s a reasonable comparison to be made between the venerable Bentley Mulsanne and the Hyundai Equus.

You probably noticed that we didn’t have any adjectives connected to the Equus because, to be honest, when it’s sitting next to a Mulsanne, it doesn’t need any adjectives.

Okay, we may be coming down too hard on the Equus, which really isn’t fair. It’s a beautiful car that deserves praise on its own merits. But we’ll call a spade a spade: the only thing the Equus has on the Mulsanne is that it’s price tag is one-fifth of that of Bentley’s luxury flagship sedan.

Apart from that, comparing these two luxury cars is like comparing Kobe Bryant to Joe Johnson, which really isn’t much of a comparison if you know how the NBA works. That said, the whole Bentley-Equus comparison by Motor Trend is still worth a watch only because it reinforces the Grand Canyon-sized disparity between the two.

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Hyundai provides Equus Catering service for US Market

Hyundai provides Equus Catering service for US Market

When the Equus flagship sedan made its debut at the 2010 New York Auto Show, Korean automaker Hyundai had made plans to sell the car at pre-existing dealers.

Fortunately for any potential Equus owners, things change. And Hyundai’s plans have changed in a very unique way. Now, instead of you going to a dealership to talk with an Equus sales specialist, they will be coming to you. The program will be named "Your time, Your Place", accordingly, because a salesman will come wherever you please and whenever you please, to demo the Equus for you. Just for you.

And it doesn’t stop there. Hyundai’s clear intent is to make purchasing the Equus the most exclusive ownership experience there is to offer. They will be succeeding at this by providing in-home pickup whenever your Equus needs to be serviced. The Equus even comes equipped with an Apple iPad so you can schedule your maintenance right from inside your car using the owner’s manual Apple tablet. After you have scheduled your maintenance, Hyundai will pick up and re-deliver your Equus. Not to mention they will replace it with a Genesis while it’s gone; all as you sit on the couch.

For just $50,000-$60,00, you not only get a top of the line sedan, but you also get treated as if you owned a $400,000 Rolls-Royce. Way to go, Hyundai!

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2011 Hyundai Equus - U.S. Version

2011 Hyundai Equus - U.S. Version

South Korea’s motoring conglomerate, Hyundai, is set to introduce its flagship Equus luxury sedan to the US market. With stiff competition from Mercedes, BMW, Lexus, and Infiniti, Hyundai is planning an onslaught on the top dogs with its relatively cheaper grand saloon, with prices starting at above $50,000.

Directly aimed at the Mercedes Benz S class, the Equus will be offered in two variants: Equus Signature and Equus Ultimate. These two models will be powered by Hyundai’s inhouse Tau V8 engine pumping a timid 385 bhp,which is below par as compared to what’s being offered by the rest of the luxury sedan gang.

With an emphasis on offering better value for the money, Hyundai is equipping this grand sedan with goodies that hardly anyone can ignore. In the signature model, a top lexicon audio system with 17 speakers and an electronic damping suspension system, amongst other innovations, will be offered as standard.

For the range topping Equus ultimate version, rear reclining seats with cooling facility, power headrests, and a rear based entertainment unit will be offered by Hyundai for ultimate comfort.

Hit the jump for a list of all the features available on the Hyundai Equus.

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Hyundai to give away free iPad for every Equus purchase

Hyundai to give away free iPad for every Equus purchase

Admit it: whenever you buy a car, do you really make a concerted effort in reading the owner’s manual? If you said yes, you’re either lying or you’re part of the minority who really does care about what the manual says. If you answered no, then, well, at least you’re honest.

Hyundai doesn’t seem to think about the owner’s manual that they’re actually forgoing the little textbook to anybody buying the just-unveiled 2011 Hyundai Equus in favor of something that you probably would enjoy more: an iPad. Hyundai’s rationale for this quirky yet ingenious ‘promotion’ is that by giving Equus buyers an iPad instead of an owner’s manual, it should allow these customers to make vehicle service appointments wirelessly.

Yeah, right. Last time we checked, anybody with a wireless Internet connection can do that with a click of a few buttons. But we have to admit, it is a pretty nice take-with-you gift whenever you buy a car. Sort of like that St. Louis Hummer dealership that’s giving away free shotguns for every purchase of a Hummer.

Or maybe not.

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Hyundai brings the Equus to the 2009 South Florida International Auto Show

Hyundai brings the Equus to the 2009 South Florida International Auto Show

Hyundai turned a few heads at the Miami Auto Show by displaying the all new Equus luxury limousine on the turntable in the center of their booth. While this was actually a Korean spec Equus, it still managed to impress the judges at the show. The new Hyundai is scheduled to go on sale sometime next year for close to $50,000; and while Hyundai only expects to sell 20,000 units per, after sitting in the passenger’s seat we think they shouldn’t have a problem. The car could get toned down for the U.S. Market, after all Korean’s are crazy for chrome, but we just hope the hood ornament stays. It looks like they cut they head off of one of Rolls Royce’s flying ladies and then streamlined her physique in order for it to guide Korean executives as they recline in comfort in the spacious back seat, catch up on some work with the wood tray table or simply relax by watching the fold out television monitor. The Equus is an elegant vehicle from Hyundai and is the next logical step for a company who has just enjoyed so much success with the current award winning Genesis sedan.

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Hyundai Equus Stretch Edition not US bound?

Hyundai Equus Stretch Edition not US bound?

The soon-to-be-released Hyundai Equus Stretch Edition is on its way to a number of countries in the world, although it looks like the US will not be one of them, at least that’s what Hyundai USA said. In a statement they released, Hyundai USA said that “we have no comment on plans for such an edition in the U.S.”

While the future of the Equus limousine in the US remains a point of debate, Hyundai has long confirmed that the standard Equus edition would make its way to the US where it is being positioned as a contender to the country’s luxury car market that has long been dominated by Lexus and BMW.

In the event that the Equus limousine does make it to America, it’s
interesting to note that the car will be priced significantly higher than that of the Lexus LS 460 and the BMW 750i. As it stands right now, the price for the Equus limo goes at around $110,000 as opposed to $75,000 for the LS 460 and $85,000 for the 750i.

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2010 Hyundai Equus Stretch Edition

2010 Hyundai Equus Stretch Edition

As other automakers are looking towards smaller more compact models to get through these tough economic times, the Korean car builder is rejoicing their recent success and are rewarding the world with the Hyundai Equus, an even better luxury bargain than last year’s Car of the Year Winning Genesis Sedan. The new to the U.S. Equus is well known as the automaker’s flagship sedan, being powered by a 366 HP V8 that gets as many as 28 MPG. The concept is similar to the Genesis, except the Equus has a bit more space inside.

Adding excess to success, Hyundai has just released the Equus Limousine. Pumping a little more volume into their flagship luxury sedan by stretching it to almost a foot longer than the competition, Hyundai has come up with an affordable, attractive and sensible alternative to their German and Japanese luxury car building cousins. The stretched Equus is distinguishable by its horizontal cross bar grill that is exclusive to Hyundai’s most expensive product. For the first time, the South Korean automaker will power on of their cars with the all new 5.0 Liter Tau V8 that makes as much as 400 HP, making the Equus Limousine more powerful than both the Lexus LS460L and Mercedes S500L.

Rest assured up and coming Korean hip hop super stars, Hyundai is also releasing a bullet proof version of the long wheelbase model. For those who aren’t so fortunate, but still want to ride in spacious luxury and comfort, Hyundai will offer an optional cost reducing 3.8 Liter V6 that will bring prices down closer to the $100,000 mark. Now going down to your Hyundai dealer and handing over a thousand Benjamins might be hard to fathom, but with being able to say that you are riding around in the same vehicle as the President of Korea might be worth it.

Press release after the jump.

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Hyundai waits until Pebble Beach to announce that the Equus flagship sedan will be sold in the U.S.

Hyundai waits until Pebble Beach to announce that the Equus flagship sedan will be sold in the U.S.

The Korean automaker Hyundai waited until the perfect moment to announce that the Equus flagship sedan will in fact be making its way into dealerships right here in the U.S. The announcement came from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance after much anticipation and speculation as to whether the American market was ready for an ultra premium sedan from Hyundai, and judging by the Genesis sedan’s warm reception, it looks like we are.

Hyundai Motor America president and CEO John Krafcik said that "We showed the car at the New York Auto Show earlier this year, and the response was fantastic,... Since then, we’ve had a fleet travelling around the country, capturing input from our dealers and consumers. Here, too, the response was extraordinarily positive, and similar to the market reaction to the award-winning Genesis, so we’ve decided to bring it to the U.S.” In the states Hyunudai hopes to steal a few luxury buyers from the likes of Mercedes, BMW and Lexus.

Congratulations are in order for the Korean automaker making a bold move and not being afraid to ruffle a few feathers at the world’s greatest car show. So while the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be featuring names like Bugatti and Bentley and celebrating a century of Morgan, Audi and the designs of Zagato; Hyundai has given everyone something else to think about.

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Hyundai Equus available in the U.S. this summer

Hyundai Equus available in the U.S. this summer

First revealed in March for their domestic Korean market, Hyundai’s latest attempt at capturing a piece of the full size luxury market, the Hyundai Equus, will soon be on its way to the U.S. in the form of 100 units this summer in order to test the waters. Hyundai is pricing the Equus at around $75,000, in the ballpark with its intended competition: BMW 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS 460L.

The Equus will be powered by the same 4.6 Liter Tau V8 that is found in Hyundai Genesis sedan. The Equus is priced substantially higher than their 5 Series competitor, offering V6 power for only $32,250 and a fully loaded V8 topping out at $42,000. The midsize sedan is doing well for the Korean automaker, which sold 6,021 Genesis sedans April.

Lets just hope that the Equus doesn’t go the way of the Volkswagen Phaeton.

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2009 Hyundai Equus

2009 Hyundai Equus

Hyundai revealed today the 2009 Equus on the Korean market. Equus is in its second generation and will be available in three trim levels, with prices between $42,410 USD to $70,234 USD. There is no info yet if the Equus will be offered in the USA.

Equus is being offered with a choice of V6 and V8 engines, with power of 290-hp and 366-hp respectively. The V6 has a a fuel-economy of 25 mpg, while the V8 delivers 27 mpg.

Front and rear, Equus rides on 5-link suspension featuring lightweight aluminium control arms. Such a multi-link setup for both the front and the rear is uncommon in the industry but through a careful optimisation of the wheel geometry and bushing characteristics, stability and ride quality were optimised. To improve shock control over the wheels, Hyundai worked in partnership with ZF-SACHS to develop Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD) which features an innovative relief valve, a design Equus shares with only one other car in the world, its luxury stable-mate Genesis. The air suspension is electronically governed to minimize body roll, nose-diving and other undesirable characteristics.

Equus also comes equipped with an Electric Parking Brake which is automatically released once the vehicle is put into drive gear and an Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering System which reduces fuel consumption.

Press release after the jump.

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Hyundai Equus revealed; might come to USA

Hyundai Equus revealed; might come to USA

Hyundai seems to be teasing the U.S. with its largest sedan, the Equus. Hyundai has been making various generations of this car for over a decade mostly for the home market in Korea, and it has done a good job of keeping it of North America’s radar, until now. At the beginning of the year there was a teaser sketch, and now official pics and a press release (in English) has surfaced.

So, is Hyundai thinking about giving the Genesis sedan a big brother in America? Time will only tell. What we do know is that the new Equus will come with the 268 hp 3.8-liter V6 and 360 hp 4.6-liter V8 from the Genesis. Hyundai may also enlarge the V8 to 5.0-liters for the large sedan. The Equus should be in Korean showrooms by next month.

Full press release after the jump

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2010 Hyundai Equus first renderings

2010 Hyundai Equus first renderings

Hyundai’s actually got something bigger than the Genesis. It’s called the Equus, and it’s been for sale in select markets (not the U.S.) for almost a decade. In this short time its already up for its fourth restyle, and Hyundai has released some official sketches of what can be expected. Just like the its smaller siblings the Azera and the Genesis, the next Equus will trade in boxy looks for some shapely curves.

The car should receive a 400+ hp 5.0-liter version of Hyundai’s Tau V8 engine, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the largest of Hyundais is set to go on sale in February of 2010, there is no word yet if that will also mean in U.S. dealerships.

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