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Hyundai Equus Limousine: Long Wheelbase Version Revealed, gets New 400HP 5.0-liter V8

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This is the new Hyundai Equus Limousine, an extra long wheelbase version of the South Korean firm's flagship model that offers a bevy of upgrades over the normal sedan including a more powerful V8 engine, differentiated exterior styling and enhanced safety, comfort and convenience features. The Equus Limousine's most prominent feature is of course its 300mm (11.8-in.) longer wheelbase that brings the vehicle's overall length to a massive 5,460mm (215-in.) shadowing its rivals like the Mercedes S500L (5,210mm) and BMW 750iL (5,212mm).

But unlike its competitors that rely on larger rear doors to incorporate the added length, the Equus Limousine's stretched wheelbase is immediately visible due to the addition of a new section in the B-column area which brings to mind independently made custom limos.

Other exterior modifications include the unique horizontal cross-bar radiator grille with an emblem in the center that looks as mundane as any other Hyundai grille we've seen so far.

The Equus Limousine will be offered in its home market with a choice of two gasoline engines, an entry-level 3.8-liter V6 that makes 290HP and 36.5kgm of torque and a new version of the firm's 4.6-liter V8 Tau unit with an enlarged displacement of 5.0-liter that develops 400HP and 51.0kgm of torque.

In both cases power is transferred to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission.

Inside, apart from the significantly improved backseat legroom that reaches 1,310mm (51.6-in.), the Equus Limousine has been upgraded with many features that include a power-driven footrest and what Hyundai describes as "Rear Seat Leg Support, Relax Posture Control and Massage System functions."

The company also offers a bulletproof version of the Equus Limousine that was developed in-house.

Prices for the long wheelbase edition Equus range in South Korea from 135 million won to 146 million won which comes to around US$113,000 to US$122,180, based on today's currency exchange rates.

Hyundai did not say whether or not the stretch version of the Equus will be available in the States when the model goes on sale in late 2010.





17 Comments:

Anonymous said... »September 29, 2009

I think there has been a mix-up, the car in these pictures is clearly an Mercedes S-class...

Sergio said... »September 29, 2009

interior?

Anonymous said... »September 29, 2009

Impressed with the paint job on the black... Awesome.

Kiyoshi Manabe said... »September 29, 2009

She's not a Mercedes S-class/BMW 7-series/Lexus LS/Maserati Quattroporte rival,but a Cadillac DTS competitor,frankly speaking.
Hence the aura from brand image is vastly important and difficult to handle! That's the very truth in real world.

Anonymous said... »September 29, 2009

Those assholes just copied the mercedes S class !

Anonymous said... »September 29, 2009

S-class/BMW 7-series/Lexus LS/Maserati Quattroporte rival,

LS? What the hell makes you think an LS belongs anywhere near an S-class?

No, the LS belongs down there with the Equus and the DTS and the RL. Automated paking assist doesn't get you to the level of an S-class. Call me when more than 3 heads of state pick an armour plated LS, then you'll have a point.

Anonymous said... »September 29, 2009

God these "domestic" Korean models rival those Chinese knockoffs for sheer cheesiness and zero class.

NY3UVL714 said... »September 29, 2009

The very expensive Equus doesen't carry any Hyundai badges, it should be sold through an upscale sales channel. Unfortunately Hyundai doesen't have a premium dealer network to sell this car. Conversely, Nissan has a very large Q sized hole at the top of the Infiniti lineup.

Anonymous said... »September 29, 2009

this just shows that hyundai has the next 10yr plan to be the top global sales leader. They have all these line up one after another to get the crowd cheering. genesis, coupe, new tucson, equus, limousine, new sonata... whatelse, hyundai every new car you come up w/, people's perception slowly change.
I don't think there is any other car maker that mapped out like Hyundai to excite the potential drivers. I'm eyeing on the new sonata to be my next purchase.

Anonymous said... »September 29, 2009

"I don't think there is any other car maker that mapped out like Hyundai to excite the potential drivers."

Highly disagree. Hyundai make be making significant strides, but none of their cars "excite" me.

If they want that out of me, they'd put the new 5.0 Tau in Genesis coupe. Beyond that, they are just an automaker with much improved products.

Anonymous said... »September 30, 2009

Korean car has improved a lot in term of design and quality. However, they are stuck in the middle now.... The German car is still high up in the upper class segment, and Chinese car will be occupying the lower class segment faster and faster. Sooner or later, they will not have much room left for them to develope as Korean technology level is not competative to German and Japanese.
-nV

Anonymous said... »September 30, 2009

Wow! what wierd propertions? At 215 inches long, the car should should be about 78 inches wide..Secondly, who the hell would spend over 100k for this car, when they can be in a S class AMG package..I think hyundai needs to rethink the term longwheel base to a max of 6 inches and reduce the price around 70K and no more. Not to mention change their luxury badge to Genesis..

Anonymous said... »September 30, 2009

I cracked up when i saw this thing, yes thing.
Its a frankenstein monster car. It STEALS the Flying B from Bentley's hood. How cheap is that,its only when your about 3 feet from the hood that you can tell its not a bentley flying B. To compare this to a Bentley you have to be an idiot, perhaps the Koreans are smoking a bit to much crack. I still cant get over the grill, do any of you remember when Jeep was suing hummer for the number of grill bars on the front. Well Mercedes should sue the koreans for the same stolen look. Speaking of stolen Look at a Buick Lacross and a lexus...GM tried to steal the look but they forgot about the engine and the interior. Still I find all these cars i named vastly overpriced Including Mercedes and Bentley, but especially GM and the Koreans.

Christhecarnut said... »October 06, 2009

It does look a lot like a cross between a Lexus and a Maybach. It's actually not bad looking from the side (apart from that horrible 'Limousine' badge on the B pillar).
I don't think anyone would buy it in the West though, simply because of the badge. If you want to be seen, this is not the car to be seen in.

Anonymous said... »October 25, 2009

Looks to me like the Lexus LS was the biggest inspiration to the designers of this. And to be fair, apart from the B pillar badge, it's not a bad looking car. I agree with the previous comment, it wont sell in the west at all....but it should do wonders in asia....

Anonymous said... »October 26, 2009

UHHHH, NO. JUST BECAUSE THE EQUUS IS NEW TO AMERICA DOESNT MEAN ITS A NEW VEHICLE. ANY ASSHOLE ON THE INTERNET POSTING A COMMENT ON WHAT THE EQUUS LOOKS LIKE CAN DO FUCKING RESEARCH AND YOU'LL FIND THAT THE EQUUS AINT A CARBON COPY. OTHER MANUFACTURERS COPIED IT. DO UR RESEARCH U ASSHOLES BEFORE RUNNING YOUR FUCKING MOUTH. TO ME ONLY THING BETTER THAN A HYUNDAI IS A SUBARU. NO OVERPRICED GERMAN POS HERE. JAPAN AND KOREA. HYUNDAI IS DOING BETTER. HATE ON OPINIONATED FUCKERS, HATE ON. OH AND WHILE UR AT IT KISS MY ASS

Neilm82 said... »February 27, 2012

no, that actually is the hyundai equus!

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