Hyundai Equus: First Drive

December 5th, 2009

If you’re a car company Hyundai That HAS ITS in sights, it’s a safe bet you’re Rather alarmed.

Hyundai’s on a roll. The Korean automaker HAS marched Writing new segments, and stolen share from the likes of Chrysler, Nissan and GM with vehicles like the Santa Fe crossover, the Tucson compact ute, and this year alone, with the swell 2011 Sonata, it’s outpacing here is the best-case projections.

Also aiming at Hyundai luxury brand, first with the handsome, Credible Genesis sedan – and now with the Equus, an entirely differential Beast That Brings ultra-luxury amenities down to the semi-well-heeled masses at a base price in the $ 55,000 range .

We’ve driven the Equus a couple of times – last summer in the fig-leafed suitably Not a First Drive, and earlier this summer, in a quick trip over to Hyundai HQ in Seoul. Hyundai Provided a lovely airplane to get us there, and had US-spec models of the Equus on hand for us to drive – with the caveat That Would Take Place more tuning before the big sedan goes on sale later in the year.

From our first impressions in the Equus Both times, it’s fair to say it Should Some attract buyers interested in the softer side of things. The Lexus LS 460 in Particular in the Equus’ Crosshair, since the cars are “Similar in size, in power output and much more so in interior styling. Outside, the Equus Reminds us more of a blend of the current E-Class Mercedes and the last-generation Lexus LS – not bad stretch goals to hit squarely.

Driving impressions are Difficult to gauge on international roads, with limited exposure. Still, we’re sure the Equus Will Be One of the coziest rides in the class, far removed from handling the high-water mark found in the 2011 Infiniti M56. The Equus steers lightly, accelerating briskly and almost Silently rates, but soft suspension settings and tire choices mean handling the trade-offs come earlier Than here in the Lexus LS. Also offers a Lexus with paddle shifters and Sport Edition somemore bite and feedback controls major ITS, a Sport Edition Does not SEEM to lie in the Equus’ future.

What Will come to it, and soon, is an upgraded powertrain. At launch, the Equus Will feature the 4.6-liter, 385-horsepower V-8 engine that’s installed Also in the Genesis. Sometime next year, Both cars Will Receive a 5.0-liter version of the Same engine with 429 horsepower. Still it’s possible for Hyundai to sacrifice the smaller-displacement engine – or Will add a long-wheelbase Equus Further to distinguish it from the Genesis – but we Can not confirm Either is in the works.

The Equus’ Most Important Pitch May Be in customer service. Hyundai dealers willing to come to service the car owners, fetching it Rather Than Them having it drop off. Also they’ll deliver the new Equus with an Apple iPad That contains the owner’s manual, and an application to set up service Appointments. It’s a plan That’d outflanks from the coddling Receive Any mainstream luxury brand – Infiniti and Lexus here, long known for handling and Their Owners.

We’ll be driving more on the Equus U.S. roads this summer, but Until then, click on to our initial impressions of the new big sedan 2011 Hyundai Equus at our page, Where You Can Find photos, videos, related news, and more.

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