A replacement of the Equus flagship has been developed by Hyundai in the form of a new large luxury saloon, images of which have been leaked after its launch in South Korea lately. Although the new car keeps the Equus brand name there is word that it will reach US markets too. The preceding Hyundai Equus initially began production in 1998 and have almost been unchanged since that time.
It was developed in partnership with Mitsubishi, which sold it in Japan as the Proudia. The most current model is derived from the Genesis rear-wheel-drive platform and is offered with a lineup of V6 and V8 gasoline powerplants.
There are growing speculations that the Equus will be sold in the US following the carmaker's winning of the 2009 North American Car of the Year award for its Genesis Sedan.
There are reports circulating that Hyundai will be selling the Equus in global markets as the 'Genesis Prestige,' where it could rival cars such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Lexus LS. The car comes in with a large footprint: 5.160 meters long, 1.9 meters wide and 1.495 meters high.
The engine lineup is also impressive, with the Equus opening with the 3.8-liter Lambda V6 and a 4.6-liter Tau V8.
The Equus comes with advanced safety features like a new vehicle stability system and lane departure warning system equipped with a camera, the anticipatory pre-safe seatbelt technology and LED improved head and tail lights.
The new Hyundai Equus boasts of a handsome and appealing design. On the rear end, the Equus conveys a progressive and precise look defined by bold taillights and strong shoulders, as well as rear LED turn signal indicators and fully integrated asymmetrical exhaust tips.
On the front end, the appearance of the new Hyundai Equus is marked by a subtle horizontal radiator grille and proportioned HID headlamps with jeweled detailing. The frontal lighting includes LED turn signals, as well as an adaptive front lighting system with white LED position lamps.
These details are complemented by bold lower air intakes. An optional forward-view cornering camera could be integrated into the grille, helping in maneuvers like parking and navigating blind corners. Meanwhile, the side silhouette of the new Equus is now more refined, featuring character lines accentuating the rear fenders.
Inside, the new 2011 Hyundai Equus is blessed with an array of luxury elements and passenger comfort features. Thank to the superior quality of materials and design layout, the new Equus boasts of a rich and luxurious interior ambience begins. In fact, the new Equus employs leather-wrapped French-stitched instrument panel, Alcantara headliner, leather upholstery and natural wood trim.
Hyundai designed the seats not just to be wider, but also to feature adjustable driver thigh support, exceptional range of adjustment as well as heated and cooled functionality. The seat backs and bottom cushions have thermoelectric devices that control heating, cooling and humidity.
An optional massaging driver seat is available for the new Hyundai Equus. Aside from offering ample leg and head room for drivers over six-feet tall, the new Equus boasts having more head, leg, and shoulder room in the front and rear cabins than the Lexus LS460.