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 |  Jul 26 2010, 4:05 PM

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Hyundai‘s upcoming pimpmobile ultra-luxury sedan will be offered in two trim levels, the Equus Signature and the Equus Ultimate. What’s the difference, you ask?

The Signature is the plebian version, with features like, a massaging driver’s seat, parking assistance, an air suspension system and a 17-speaker, 608-watt Lexicon stereo, just like the Rolls Royce Phantom. The Ultimate ups the ante with backup cameras that can see around corners, massaging and reclining read seats with foot rests and a rear seat refrigirator -just like a first class cabin.

Both Equus models come with a fancy owners manual on an Apple iPad – as if the novelty of owning Korea’s first ultra luxury sedan wasn’t enticing enough.

[Source: Hyundai]

Hit the jump to read the official press release

  • 4.6L DOHC Tau V8 engine
  • Six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®
  • Electro-Hydraulic Power Steering (EHPS)
  • Electronically Controlled Air Suspension with Continuous Damping Control (CDC)
  • 19-inch chrome alloy wheels with P245/45R19 (front) / P275/40R19 (rear) tires
  • Four-wheel disc brakes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and EBD
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with TCS and Brake Assist
  • Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system with pre-collision warning
  • Nine airbags: Advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, driver knee airbag, and roof-mounted side-curtain airbags
  • Electronic active front head restraints with power controls
  • Electronic seatbelt pretensioners
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
  • Smart Cruise Control
  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) headlights with LED turn signal indicators
  • Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS) with auto-leveling
  • Fog lights and automatic headlights
  • Front and rear parking assistance system with rearview camera
  • Dual power-folding heated auto-dimming side mirrors w/ turn signal indicators and approach lamps
  • Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips integrated with rear bumper
  • Proximity key entry with push-button start
  • Illuminated scuff plates, inside door handles and door armrest
  • Premium leather seating surfaces and Alcantara® suede headliner
  • 12-way power driver seat plus lumbar adjustment and 10-way power front passenger seat
  • Driver seat massage system
  • Heated and cooled front seats
  • Heated, wood-trimmed and leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Integrated Memory System (IMS) for driver-side seat, mirror and steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped dash and real wood interior trim
  • Electroluminescent cluster (Supervision) with 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen
  • Electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold
  • Power windows with auto-down/up
  • Navigation system w/ DIS and multimedia controller
  • Apple iPad interactive owner’s manual
  • 608-watt Lexicon 7.1 Discrete surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers
  • iPod/USB and MP3 auxiliary input jacks and iPod connection cable
  • XM® Satellite Radio & NavTraffic® with trial subscription
  • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system
  • Dual automatic temperature control with air quality system
  • Windshield-wiper deicer, rain-sensing wipers and auto-defogging windshield with humidity sensor
  • Electrochromic auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with HomeLink® and compass
  • Acoustic laminated windshield , front and rear side windows
  • Power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof
  • 60/40 power reclining and heated rear seats
  • Power rear sunshade and rear side-window sunshades
  • Luggage net
  • Premium-grade floor mats
  • Premium-grade trunk cargo mat
  • First-aid kit (PIO)

FIRSTS FOR HYUNDAI AND CONSUMERS
As Hyundai’s flagship rear-wheel-drive sedan, Equus contains many Hyundai firsts. One innovative new technology is the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which governs ESC, the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control, the collision warning sensor and the seatbelt tensioning system for optimal safety. The seatbelt tensioning system works through sensors, which detect critical driving situations and retract the seatbelts accordingly to prevent passenger movement. The Equus’ dynamic safety package is further enhanced by the Lane Departure Warning System and driver’s knee airbags.

Beyond safety, the Equus will also debut power rear side-window sunshades, a heated steering wheel, power trunk lid, dual power, heated and cooled front seats, rain-repelling front side windows, a thermoelectric rear console refrigerator, 60/40 split power reclining rear seats and electronically-controlled Air Suspension with dual-mode Continuous Damping Control.

Several new driver information technologies make their debut on the Equus. Driver and passengers can keep an eye on the Equus’ numerous electronic systems through the 3.5-inch TFT LCD vehicle information monitor. Equus also features a forward-view cornering camera and a parking guide system with both top view and rear view perspectives.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES
Hyundai’s Tau V8, which has been rated one of Ward’s “Ten Best Engines” for two consecutive years, is a strong technological building block for Equus. It is joined by an unsurpassed standard feature list including Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning System, a heated steering wheel, power reclining rear seats, heated rear seats and a 608-watt Lexicon 7.1 Discrete surround sound audio system with 17 speakers. Equus Ultimate adds first-class rear seating and other focused rear compartment features that can only found on low-volume special-order competitive models.

EQUUS COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES
Tau V8 engine, rated one of Ward’s “Ten Best Engines” for 2009 and 2010
First-class seating available on Equus Ultimate (competitors’ best seating options come only on the long-wheelbase variants)