Hyundai unveiled Wednesday its 2014 Hyundai Equus flagship sedan at the New York Auto Show. Hyundai endowed the refreshed Equus with enhancements in almost all aspects. The exterior of the 2014 Hyundai Equus now has thinner front grille bars while its front fascia now has lower air-inlet openings, with the headlights sporting a jeweled design.
The LED fog lamps comes as standard. The sedan also sports new 19-inch turbine-style wheels with a polished silver finish. The interior of the 2014 Equus receives a redesigned instrument panel and center stack, now having a new button iconography for easier feature recognition. The 2014 Equus’ steering wheel now comes with new buttons and icons.
Rear passengers receive a new console layout that comes with available 9.2-inch seatback video screens. The suspension of the 2014 Equus received a rework, improving its ride and handling attributes. According to Hyundai, the Equus’ normal mode is now more comfortable while its sport mode is sportier with the air suspension.
Hyundai also revised the front suspension bushings and added a snow mode for better control during the winter season. Signature models receive larger LCD screens at seven inches while Ultimate models get a 9.2-inch LCD monitor. The sedan’s climate control offers three zones for occupants while its cruise control system can fully stop the car before continuing on.
Ultimate models feature an automatic power door closer. The 2014 Equus is powered by a 5.0-liter Tau V-8 engine, providing up to 429 hp of output and 376 lb-ft of torque on premium fuel. The V-8 engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox that comes as standard.
The 2014 Equus boasts of fuel economy of 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. According to Hyundai, the Equus ownership experience will continue with at-home vehicle demonstrations, a five-year, 60,000-mile warranty and an interactive owner's manual application for the iPad.
Hyundai brings all its technological advancements and expertise to the fore in the 2014 Hyundai Equus. The result is an Equus that is a model of safety and driving ease no matter the challenges in road conditions the driver may encounter.
Equus is fully equipped with the latest in driver-interface technology. It has a 12.3-inch LCD display center instrument panel and a 7-inch Thin-Film Transistor (TFT) cluster display for its LCD center made available for the Signature Equus models. For its Ultimate models, it offers ease and convenience for the driver with all the menus accessible via haptic dial control located in the steering wheel and a fully digital LCD display which has high resolution and premium graphics. For rear passengers, they can rest and relax with the dual high-resolution rear seat entertainment which measures at 9.2 inches.
Hyundai has ensured that the Equus offers a pleasant driving experience. It offers a large interior that makes the occupants feel comfortable but not overwhelmed by the sheer size of the Equus. It has a 39.6 turning circle on the inside and steering system that requires mere variable effort. Parking is made easy as the Equus has an electronic parking guide assist to aid its electro-hydraulic steering system.
Even under tough conditions, the Hyundai Equus manages to provide an excellent driving experience. Its wheel articulation is so precise due to its rear suspension geometry and five-link front rear so it can navigate mountain roads and winding country roads. The Continuous Damping Control (CDC) allows this rear suspension geometry to function smoothly as the CDC is able to monitor driving dynamics under any road condition and optimize damping force, proof of the driving dynamics brought about by Hyundai’s advanced technology. The Equus is capable of precise control and excellent grip because of its 19-inch allow wheel and tire package.
Other outstanding features of the 2014 Hyundai Equus include the enhanced front suspension bushing, the snow mode included in the drive mode system, the sport mode which was provided with the capability for more controlled damping, the normal mode which comes with a handling demeanor that is well-controlled, and the recalibrated air suspension.