Hyundai announced further details for the US-spec Equus, a model that's expected to offer an entire range of Hyundai-firsts for US customers. Pricing was not included in the announcement but it's expected that the vehicle will be priced between $50,000 and $60,000. In the US, the Equus will only be offered with one engine, a 4.6l DOHC Tau V8 unit that delivers 385hp.
Control of this engine is accomplished via a six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic, which pushes the car to hit 60 mph in 6.4 seconds. US customers will be pleased that for the first time ever, Hyundai will offer the following features in its vehicles.
The Equus will offer the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control, the collision warning sensor.
To enhance infotainment and comfort, the model is fitted with several high-tech gadgets, including heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, memory system, auto vehicle hold, navigation system, iPod connection, dual fully automatic temperature control, sunroof, 608-watt Lexicon 7.1 Discrete surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers, driver-seat massage, XM Satellite Radio & NavTraffic and rear-seat entertainment system.
For enhanced safety, the vehicle features nine airbags, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) with auto-leveling. In the US, the car comes in four exterior colors (White Satin Pearl, Black Noir Pearl, Granite Gray and Platinum Metallic) and three interior themes (Cashmere with genuine Birch Burl wood, Jet Black with genuine walnut wood and Saddle with genuine walnut wood).
Hyundai Equus has a number of passive and active safety features that not only help in preventing accidents but can even maximize the occupants’ welfare in case a collision occurs. The key safety technologies include Electronic Stability Control (ESC), electronic active head restraints, smart cruise control, lane departure warning system, and nine airbags.
It has a Vehicle Stability Management system that can manage ESC, smart cruise control, and electronic parking brake. To get optimal safety, the seatbelt has a tensioning system. All of these highlight the fact that Hyundai continues to deliver top safety technology. Overall, the Equus has nine airbags in total.
These comprise the two airbags on the front, two seat-mounted side-impact airbags on the front and another two on the rear, knee airbag for the driver, and side curtain airbags that have been mounted on the roof for both the front and its rear. The lane departure warning system provides both warning light and chime when the car has a one-second lane departure.
To increase safety, the system now includes a haptic warning through the seatbelt when a three-second lane departure occurs. The smart cruise control meanwhile can make sure that the Equus is able to maintain speed with the use of its throttle and braking systems. What it does is make the driver select a distance and the system ensures that it is followed.
The electronic parking brake on the other hand has the automatic vehicle hold which allows the parking brake to hold the vehicle once it stops and then deactivates after pressing the gas pedal. While the Equus has a camera on its rear decklid, Hyundai is offering the option to have a camera placed on its front grille.
The two cameras are able to detect the distance of the objects while parking and this is shown on the car’s in-dash LCD monitor. Providing stopping power to the Equus are the anti-lock four-wheel brakes that go with the Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution.
There are 13.6-inch rotors on the front with four-piston fixed calipers. The brakes on the rear have 12.4-inch rotors but only have single floating piston calipers.