2011 Hyundai Equus On Sale Late Summer, Priced From Mid $50,000 Bracket

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If you were too easily offended by Hyundai--yes, Hyundai--proclaiming its Genesis sedan could duke it out with the likes of Lexus and Infiniti, boy, are you going to be irked.

By late summer, the company’s new flagship, the 2011 Hyundai Equus, will be on sale in the U.S., and according to Hyundai the car will compete with the best luxury sedans in the world on "all levels" including amenities, performance, advanced technologies, design and ownership experience.

Measuring in at a generous 16.9 feet in length, 6.2 feet in width and 4.9 feet in height, the Equus certainly has the luxury sedan size factor. The car also boasts an almost ideal 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution for exceptional handling and more refined steering characteristics.

The powertrain lineup is also respectable, with the Equus available in the U.S. with a world-class 4.6-liter Tau V-8 rated at 385 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque on premium fuel (378 horsepower and 324 pound-feet using regular fuel). That’s entirely comparable with the outputs of the Lexus LS460, Mercedes-Benz S550 and Audi A8, and when combined with the Equus’ standard six-speed automatic transmission the Tau V-8 will propel the car to 60 mph from rest in less than 6.4 seconds.

Stopping power comes from four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). The 13.6 inch front rotors have four-piston fixed calipers and the rear brakes feature 12.4 inch rotors with single floating piston calipers. These reside within 19 inch chrome alloy wheels shod with 245mm rubber up front and 275mm tires in the rear.

Ride and handling is taken care of with an electronically controlled air suspension system, with fully adjustable settings.

Luxury amenities include LED turn signal indicators, HID headlamps, forward-view and reverse cameras to aid parking maneuvers, leather and Alcantara trim, heated and cooled seats, Bluetooth connectivity, XM Satellite Radio, an in-dash LCD screen and a 17-speaker premium audio system with iPod and USB connection.

The 2011 Hyundai Equus will go on sale in late summer with a starting price in the mid $50,000 range.


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Comments (7)
  1. Much as I like Hyundai I am concerned that not many people will pony up that kind of money for one.

  2. I like the Genesis better. I'll wait to see it in person before I judge too hard, but from the pics the back end and interior seem VERY vanilla. I like the front, though.

  3. Mid 50K price level for a plastic junky car claiming to be at a level where others have been there for decades.
    To me its just a Hyundai, and that will never be sitting in anyones driveway that takes pride in their cars.

  4. Plastic junks? Are you smoking something funny there Stevo? Hyundai makes excellent cars, proven by the new Sonata and such. And people will buy this and have pride in having it.

  5. Lets look at resale value... and its not comparable.

  6. It may be a well built car, but the curves are overly exaggerated, not smooth like they are on the Maserati Quattroporte for example. In any case, I don't foresee too many ppl buying this car, when for the price of this Hyundai they can buy a V8-powered Mercedes E Class, BMW 5 series, or Jaguar XF

  7. So i love this car. I always had a thing against hyundai's but i thought id try it out. And i fell inlove with my car i have now after i drove it. Its an amazing car and yess its a hyundai. The XG 350L is the car i have now.. and if you dont know its basically just the old version of the equus. If i can love n be totally satisfied with the old version i can not wait to buy the equus . just my personal exsperience

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