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    Hyundai Equus Gets New Updates
    Hyundai Equus Gets New Updates

    The Hyundai Equus sedan has been available on the market for about a year, when Hyundai announced the updated version of the Equus. According to Automotive News, the modified four-door sedan will be launched by the end of this year. They didn't give any details, but comparing with the recently released 2012 Genesis sedan, the upgraded Equus gives a lot of promise.

    The 2012 Hyundai Equus will be equipped with 5.0-liter V8 engine. FYI, the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec produces 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque, these characteristics can be transferred to the 2012 Equus. The Hyundai Genesis is also available with the 4.6-liter V8 power unit, which may also be installed on the 2012 Equus.

    The modified version should receive a new Blue Link infotainment system. No considerable interior changes are expected. It is supposed that the 2012 Hyundai Equus will be presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

    New Equus Specifications are Released
    New Equus Specifications are Released

    Hyundai released the final specifications of the new Equus. The entry-level model, Signature, comes with leather upholstery and Alcantara headliners, with massaging driver seat, heated and cooled front seats, heated steering wheel, wood trims, glass sunroof, heated rear seats and rear power sunshades.

    Equus Ultimate has a massage system installed into the rear seats, entertainment system for rear occupants (with an 8-inch monitor), a rear central refrigerator and an automatic trunk lid. Both cars (Signature and Ultimate) are equipped with cruise-control, GPS navigation, Lexicon 608-watt audio (7.1 discrete surround) system, XM Satellite Radio, IPod / USB / Bluetooth connectivity.

    Equus is equipped with 4.6-liter V8 producing 385 hp and 332.6 lb/ft of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox ZF. 0 to 60 mph acceleration takes less than 6.4 seconds. Fuel consumption ratio is 16 mpg/city and 24 mpg/highway. High-strength steel and crash-durable adhesives create a rigid body structure that gives the Equus a solid feel. Advanced materials reduce noise and vibration. Safety items include nine standard air bags, including a drive knee and rear seat-mounted bags.

    According to John Krafcik, Hyundai's America president and CEO, “When you're spending this much for a new car, you don't want to feel like you've been shortchanged on engineering, technology or features. Equus Signature has the technology and content of fully-optioned flagship models from Lexus and BMW, while Equus Ultimate delivers a specification approached only by our competitors' low-volume, special-order models.”