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2017 Genesis G80

2017 Genesis G80

Genesis has finally unveiled the G80, and it has its own unique styling cues compared to the G90

Hyundai has finally announced all the details about the G80 and boy has it turned out to be winning combination of power, luxury, and safety. Available with a V-6 or V-8 powertrain and an eight-speed automatic transmission, the car is offered with 311 or 420 horsepower and a long list of safety features that tops anything offered as standard equipment on entry-level competitor models – it even beats out the Volvo S90 for standard safety equipment.

Unfortunately, the G80 isn’t anywhere near as stylish or aggressive as the Genesis New York concept that we saw back in March, but it’s still an appealing car with all the right technology and safety features to go with a sporty exterior design. To put it mildly, things have changed a lot since Hyundai first entered the U.S. market, and the Genesis premium brand just goes to show what is possible when you pay attention to your customer base and give them exactly what they want.

With that said, let’s take a good look at the new G80 and what it brings to the table. It’s definitely something you’ll want to consider next time you’re looking to grab yourself a premium sedan.

Update 12/6/2018: We’ve updated this review with a new gallery of images taken at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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2017 Genesis G90

2017 Genesis G90

Hyundai’s replacement for the Equus is loaded with luxury features and looks the part

Labeled as an automaker that produces cheap cars for many decades, Hyundai has improved its brand reputation tremendously in recent years — thanks to automobiles such as the Genesis and the Equus. In 2015, after some six years of testing the premium segment with the aforementioned sedans, the Korean company has finally decided to enter the luxury segment with a dedicated brand.

The said brand will go by the name Genesis and will include both the Genesis and the Equus nameplates, albeit under a new alphanumeric naming structure that will include the letter "G." The new division will be aimed toward similar products from Toyota’s Lexus and Nissan’s Infiniti arms. The first automobile to be launched under the new brand will be named the Genesis G90 in North America and the Genesis EQ900 in South Korea.

Described as the brand’s new flagship model, the G90 just broke cover in South Korea in December 2015, only a month after Hyundai announced the founding of the Genesis division. At the 2016 Detroit Auto Show, the G90 made its North American debut.

“Genesis’ new large luxury sedan G90 will deliver a concept of ‘New Luxury’ to our customers. The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centered values to give our customers true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience,” said Woong-Chul Yang, Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center.

Updated 09/05/2016: Genesis announced prices for the new G90 which will be put on sale at the end of this month. Check the "Prices" section for the full details.

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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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2015 Hyundai Genesis - Driven

2015 Hyundai Genesis - Driven

Under the shadow of BMW’s Spartanburg manufacturing plant nestled in the rolling hills of South Carolina, I found myself ripping through corners of back county highways in the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis. And though the plant only produces BMW’s popular SUVs and crossovers, the Genesis’ intent to conquer giants became blatantly obvious the farther I traveled through the sweeping hills.

The roads along my path were littered with hairpin turns and switchbacks followed by long straights with varying pavement conditions. Besides the few locals traversing the trail and that one tractor creeping along behind a blind curve, the road was nearly mine. The Genesis’ new, more rigid chassis and upgraded suspension system with a driver-selectable Sport Mode rode tight with a very balanced feel that inspired confidence.

The steering in my RWD tester felt light yet properly weighted while its variable ratio kept my inputs in check. With the car weighing in at 4,138 pounds, I was amazed at how well the Hankook tires griped the road without howling complaints. Only under mid-corner power was I able to induce noticeable understeer. I’m no Mario Andretti, but I was giving it the beans. The Genesis just tracked like it was on rails with almost no body roll.

Click past the jump for the full report on the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis

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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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2012 Hyundai Genesis

2012 Hyundai Genesis

After being revealed at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, the Hyundai Genesis sedan enters the 2012 model year with a new version added to the line-up, exterior design improvements, new direct injection technology for its Lambda V6 engine, new eight-speed automatic transmissions, and enhanced chassis tuning. For 2012 the Genesis will go on sale at a starting price of $34,200 for the base model and will go up to $46,500 for the R-Spec version.

For the new model year, the Genesis will get a more aggressive grille and front fascia design, new headlight design with LED accents and daytime running lights, redesigned rear taillights, while the line-up will include: a 3.8 version powered by a 333 HP 3.8-liter V6 engine, a 4.6 version with a 385 HP 4.6 V8 engine, while the most powerful version, R-Spec will get a 5.0-liter direct-injected V8 with an impressive output of 429 HP.

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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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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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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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2010 Hyundai Genesis

2010 Hyundai Genesis

Enjoying all kinds of success in 2009, the Hyundai Genesis sedan is being updated for the 2010 model year with available convenience options like Smart Cruise Control, touch-screen navigation and an electronic parking brake with a very convenient automatic vehicle hold. The bargain priced luxury sedan will go on sale starting from $33,800 for the base model 3.8L V6 powered version and

The 3.8 Liter DOHC Lambda V6 engine delivers a maximum output of 290 HP and 264 lb-ft of torque thanks to its Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) system on both the intake and exhaust cam shafts as well as a new Variable Intake System (VIS) that helps the cylinders breathe more efficiently throughout its entire RPM range. The 4.6 Liter Tau V8 engine delivers a maximum of 375 HP and is mated to a ZF built 6 speed automatic transmission complete with SHIFTRONIC manual shift control.

For the 2010 model year, the Genesis comes equipped with intelligent cruise control and an electronic parking brake on Technology Package equipped models, while the Ultra-premium leather seating surfaces come standard on the 3.8 Liter Genesis models with Premium, Premium Navigation, and Technology Packages.

Press release after the jump.

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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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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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2008 Hyundai Genesis

2008 Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai aims to shatter premium automobile paradigms with the North American International Auto Show introduction of its new flagship, the all-new Genesis sports sedan on January 13. With capabilities and features comparable to $60,000 premium sedans, Genesis will be offered at a starting price under $30,000 when it goes on sale this summer.

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