Vehicle Overview from Edmunds.com
Edmunds.com 2011 Hyundai Equus Overview
With the 2011 Equus, Hyundai is set to produce its most expensive and luxurious vehicle ever. With pricing expected to be in the mid-$50,000 range, the Equus will compete in the premium luxury sedan segment. It's based on a stretched (7.2 inches longer) version of the Genesis sedan and will be powered by a 4.6-liter V8 that delivers an estimated 385 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque. The V8 sends its power to the rear wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission. To give the best ride quality possible, an air suspension with auto-adjusting shock absorbers is standard. The 2011 Hyundai Equus won't likely be lacking any amenities. Beyond a full load of typical convenience features, Hyundai will be offering the Equus with available features like a massaging driver seat, a grille-mounted camera to help detect objects when parking, and a premium surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers. Hyundai also plans to supply the car's owner's manual on an Apple iPad. But even with features galore and pricing tens of thousands less than its big-name competition, this new luxury sedan will face the same challenge the Genesis does: getting premium brand shoppers interested. Though one might assume that those prestige-conscious buyers wouldn't give the Equus a moment's consideration, recent history has shown that even these folks can't resist strong value, if the success of the Genesis sedan is any indication. Check back later for a full review of the 2011 Hyundai Equus with additional driving impressions and buying advice.