Hyundai’s Equus is galloping into the 2014 model year with some important updates. This horse-themed luxury car gets even more features and amenities designed to keep it relevant in a super-competitive segment of the market.
Hyundai claims this car is the No. 1 shopped premium luxury sedan, beating the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8, some tough competition. The 2014 model gets fresh 19-inch wheels, a new front bumper and an updated grille design. A new exterior color is also available, “Night Shadow Brown.” LED fog lamps are standard.
Inside the car features a completely redesigned instrument panel and center stack. Even the gear shifter has been improved. The dashboard and door panels are graced with what Hyundai refers to as “ultra-premium” genuine wood trim. Ultimate models feature a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Two high-resolution 9.2-inch video screens are a treat for rear-seat passengers.
To go along with these upgrades engineers adjusted the Equus’ air suspension to deliver both a smoother ride and sportier handling. Normal mode delivers a comfortable driving experience while sport mode tosses a little spice into the mix. The key here is differentiation – Hyundai says there’s a distinct difference between the two settings, something a lot of competing systems lack.
In the powertrain department the Equus was bred to run. It’s powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine that delivers 429 horsepower with 376 lb-ft of torque. Direct fuel injection, variable valve timing and an 11.5-to-1 compression ratio boost output and efficiency. The car is estimated to deliver 15 miles per gallon in city driving and 23 on the highway for a combined score of 18 MPG. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear wheels.
As expected in a vehicle of this class the Equus is fitted with the latest technology including blind-spot detection, an available heads-up display and rear cross-traffic alert.
Capping off the Equus ownership experience is special attention from Hyundai. Customers can shop for a car from the comfort of their home and on their time. Additionally, all maintenance is covered for the five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty.
Pricing for the 2014 Hyundai Equus has not been announced at this time, but it’s practically guaranteed to undercut its luxury competitors by thousands of dollars.
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