2017 Hyundai Equus, Kia K900 Spied Testing

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The 2017 Hyundai Equus and Kia K900 luxury sedans have been spied testing.

While the Kia K900 is getting a simple refresh, likely with just new front and rear bumpers, the new Equus is expected to be heavily inspired by the 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan.

In fact, it appears by these spy photos that the new Equus carries a bit of a German design to its aesthetics, which is no surprise considering Hyundai is targeting BMW, Mercedes and Audi. The luxury sedan will ride on a heavily updated version of the BH platform with high strength steel and aluminum helping to significantly drop the curb weight of the Equus.

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As for powerplants, an updated 5.0-liter V8 will provide additional performance and better fuel economy although it is rumored that a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6 is also in the works. If the new engine does find its way to the Equus, expect it to launch around 2019 when it receives a mid-cycle refresh. The model will likely initially launch with an eight-speed automatic transmission, although a 10-speed unit is expected to be incorporated in the future.

Production on the new Hyundai Equus should begin December 2015 or early next year. The Korean automaker has promised to debut a new car debut at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which will likely be the brand new Equus.

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  • AAJ

    In the lasts photos tag lights looks likes the Mercedes Benz S Class

  • DE32W

    That is not a K900, that’s the new Cadenza. It is clearly a FWD vehicle. Look at the other spy shots of the Cadenza, the mirrors match. It also has the massive front overhang and small space between front wheel well and driver’s door that is characteristic of FWD cars, whereas the Equus here has a small overhang and a long distance between door and wheel well like the K900 which are RWD vehicles.

    I also see they have not fixed the problem of the marshmallow butt on it. Look at the side view pic, the back is bottomed out despite no one being in the back. Idk why Korean cars and Nissan have such an issue with this bottoming out. The car should be level, not sunk in the rear, especially not after being only a few months old

  • DADT

    Good DE32W. I am glad that is not the K900. Maybe I’m in the minority, but I think the K900 in its current form is quite handsome.