2011 Hyundai Equus: full details, photos and specs

Article by Christian A., on August 29, 2010

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.

Press Release

Hyundai Equus

Hyundai aims to break down the barriers of owning a luxury car with the introduction of its all-new flagship, the 2011 Hyundai Equus. Equus will compete with the best luxury sedans in the world on all levels including amenities, performance, advanced technologies, design and ownership experience when it arrives at select Hyundai dealerships in the late summer of 2010.

"Equus takes Hyundai's formula for intelligent luxury to a new level," said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. "We've applied the lessons in engineering excellence we've learned with Genesis to the Hyundai Equus, while adding a new level of customer experience that will further differentiate our take on luxury from the traditional premium brands."

Hyundai Equus broadens Hyundai's lineup of premium vehicles and like Genesis, is built on Hyundai's world-class rear-wheel-drive architecture. It is powered by the award-winning 4.6-liter Tau® V8. The Tau inside the Hyundai Equus will produce an estimated 385 horsepower using premium fuel and 378 horsepower using regular fuel. With technology rivaling more expensive luxury sedans, Hyundai Equus showcases features such as a lane departure warning system, electronic air suspension, smart cruise control and a Lexicon® audio system.


When Genesis was introduced, Hyundai promised that its rear-wheel-drive architecture would spawn more products in other segments. Hyundai Equus is the third of those products, this time riding on a lengthened Genesis architecture. Hyundai Equus is 7.2 inches longer (203.1 inches vs. 195.9 inches) than Genesis. Hyundai Equus boasts an excellent 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution for exceptional handling and more refined steering characteristics.

Hyundai Equus reduces interior noise levels and improves ride and handling with a stiff, light weight body structure. The use of high-tensile steel in critical areas in the unibody provides Hyundai Equus with significantly higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body structure weight despite having a spacious interior cabin.


Headlining the Hyundai Equus' performance capabilities is Hyundai's Tau 4.6-liter V8 engine, a two-time Ward's 10 Best Engine winner, mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. The Tau V8 delivers an estimated 385 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque (378 horsepower and 324 lb-ft using regular fuel) to fit the demands of luxury consumers. This powertrain combination will launch Hyundai Equus to 60 miles per hour in less than 6.4 seconds. On premium fuel, the Tau V8 produces more horsepower than the powerplants found in the Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S550, and Audi A8 and nearly the same power as these competitors on regular fuel.


The design of the Hyundai Equus is handsome and pleasing to the eye. The rear-end treatment is progressive with bold taillights, strong shoulders and an overall look of precision. This look is accomplished through fully-integrated asymmetrical exhaust tips and rear LED turn signal indicators. The side silhouette is refined, with character lines that accent the rear fenders. Up front is a subtle horizontal radiator grille and well-proportioned headlamps with jeweled detailing. LED turn signals are inside the HID headlamps along with an adaptive front lighting system with white LED position lamps. The lower air intakes are bold and add to the positive reaction of the overall design. To assist in parking, and navigating blind corners and alleys in urban driving, there is an optional forward-view cornering camera integrated into the grille.


The busy executive as well as the couple heading out on the town will feel right at home in the 2011 Equus due to abundant luxury touches and passenger comfort features. This ambience begins with superior quality of materials and design layout. The leather upholstery, Alcantara® headliner, natural wood trim and leather-wrapped French-stitched instrument panel showcase the richness of the Hyundai Equus interior.

The seats are designed with adjustable driver thigh support, plenty of width, great range of adjustment, and heated and cooled functionality. 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 and an optional massaging driver seat. In fact, Hyundai 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, XM Satellite Radio, HD Radio technology, hands-free Bluetooth telephone system and much more.


Driving dynamics are a critical element in every luxury sedan, and the Hyundai Equus offers first-rate ride and handling characteristics without traditional compromises. Hyundai Equus' electronically controlled air suspension meets the challenge of the wide variety of road surfaces drivers face everyday. For drivers who enjoy a firm ride and more stability when cornering there is a sport setting with additional body control. For customers who wish their ride to be a little on the softer side there is a normal setting for more ride compliance.

In urban areas, the Hyundai Equus is easy to maneuver and park, thanks to excellent steering and its electronic parking assist feature. While the Hyundai Equus is large, it doesn't feel over-sized or clumsy, that's due to its 37.7 foot turning circle and variable-effort steering system.

On winding country and mountain roads, Hyundai Equus benefits from the precise wheel control 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 adjusts damping force accordingly. The standard 19-inch chrome alloy wheel and tire package with staggered width (P245/45R19 front P275/40R19 rear) tires offers excellent gripping power and precise control.


Maintaining Hyundai's emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, Hyundai Equus boasts 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. The Hyundai Equus continues the Hyundai tradition of offering key safety technologies, with features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, electronic active head restraints, lane departure warning system and smart cruise control. Hyundai Equus even has a Vehicle Stability Management system (VSM) that optimally manages ESC, the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control and the seatbelt tensioning system for optimal safety.

Hyundai 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.

Hyundai's lane departure warning system offers a warning light and chime after a one- second lane departure, and adds a haptic warning via the seatbelt after a three second lane departure.

Smart cruise control automatically manages the Hyundai Equus' speed through the braking and throttle systems to maintain a specified following distance selected by the driver.

The electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold enables the parking brake to hold the vehicle automatically when the vehicle stops, and deactivates as soon as the gas pedal is pressed.

Hyundai Equus has an optional camera located on the front grille and a standard camera on the rear decklid. These cameras help detect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicated on the in-dash LCD monitor.

Hyundai Equus is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 13.6-inch front rotors have four-piston fixed calipers and the rear brakes feature 12.4-inch rotors with single floating piston calipers.


Hyundai Genesis and Equus offer a 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 608 watts of sound in 7.1 discrete surround sound audio. Hyundai Equus also offers the clarity of digital HD Radio technology, XM Satellite Radio and iPod®/USB integration.


The Hyundai Equus will launch with a starting price in the mid $50,000 range.

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