Hyundai Motor Company is hoping to build on the success it has had with the Equus sedan by giving the 2012 model a more powerful and more fuel efficient 5.0-liter, V-8 engine.
Since its launch just over two years ago, the Equus has consistently surpassed Hyundai’s sales expectations. Last year the Korean automaker sold 3,193 Equus models and captured a 5.7 percent share of the premium sedan segment. Hyundai had hoped to sell 2,000 units.
The 2012 Equus will feature the same 5.0-liter V8 engine currently found in the Genesis R-spec sedan. The 2011 model Equus is equipped with a 385-horsepower 4.6-liter V8. The new 5.0-liter engine delivers 429-horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 pound-feet of torque which outperforms the Lexus LS 460 and Mercedes Benz S550 in terms of engine output.
Although the 385-hp engine delivered sufficient power, the additional 44 horses offered by the new 5.0-liter engine allow the Equus to cruise effortlessly, especially in the upper octaves.
A new eight-speed automatic transmission will help the Equus deliver a respectable EPA estimated 15 mpg city and 23 mpg highway.
Hyundai has also made a few interior upgrades but left the exterior untouched. The 2012 model will feature the same grille, LED-trimmed headlights and 19-inch chrome wheels found on the current model.
It will also feature leather upholstery, wood trim accents, side / curtain airbags, stability control and traction control, adjustable air suspension with adaptive dampers, fog lights, rearview camera, keyless entry / ignition, windshield wiper de-icer, fore and aft parking sensors and a sunroof.
Standard features include adaptive cruise control, parking assist, a 12-way adjustable power massaging driver’s seat, automatic dual temperature controls, a lane departure warning system, and a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system with iPod input, satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.
The Equus is designed to compete against more-established German and Japanese premium sedans including the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class, Audi A8 and Lexus LS.
The 2012 Equus will be available in two trim levels; the Signature, which will sell for $59,000, and the Ultimate which will have an MSRP of $66,000.
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