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Hyundai Equus



  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 13,454

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    edited February 2010
    Thanks man, I'll check your site. Love the retro hood ornament, takes me back to my youth. What was your impression of the car?
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 13,454
    I was very impressed with the car. Very comfortable roomy in the back as well as the front. The back seat makes me wish I could afford someone to drive me around. Back seats are fully adjustable, the back of the front seats have a little table you can prop up for a work surface if your in the back. Over all very very nice.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    edited March 2010
    Yes, yes...yesssssss...very beautiful car indeed. I had the pleasure of sitting in one while it was at a dealer close to me. Pictures do the car no justice to be quite honest.

    You failed to mention that while the rear seats adjust (recline back), they are also heated & cooled. There's a rear seat entertainment center that flips up from the front center console and controls are nestled in the rear center arm rest. I am 6'2" and I adjusted the driver's seat for my driving comfort and then climbed into the rear seat behind it. The back of the front seat was at least 6" away from my knees (which were in front of me in legs closed position). In the Genesis, it was like 2-3" difference. In my Azera, I have to sit with my legs apart for the seat back to be about 1" from my knees.

    The trunk has a power trunk lid, vanity mirrors that fold down from the ceiling for rear occupants, suede headliner, heating/cooling vents all over the place and a cavernous trunk. The feel of the car inside is truly above that of the Genesis 4.6 Tech...which says a lot because that interior is nice, but the interior of the Equus is clearly head & shoulders above the Genesis as well. The Equus is also equipped with an adjustable air-ride suspension

    It is indeed a very beautiful car and I can't wait to see them on the road...better yet, one in my driveway!!! :blush:
  • they have one in the doral hyundai in Miami fl. I went there to get the recal on my Azera taken care of. This car is Awsome!!!! I may be the youngest Azera Owner , and i love it but as soon as i am done with the Azera i hope to be one of the youngest Equus owners. The car is flawless in my opinion. Inside and out. I have driven sl600, 740il, and lexus... Equus is on the same level in my opinion. Cant wait to drive it
  • sooththetruthsooththetruth Posts: 40
    edited May 2010
    I haven't seen an Equus in person, but the photos pale in comparison to the new Infiniti M's that have a style not seen in anything cheaper than an Aston Martin, and the M56 will have more power than the Equus. The interior of the Equus, in particular the back seat, looks fit for a king, but I think the M surpasses the beauty for the driver.

    Just opinions, and from photographs, so take it for what it's worth.

    Honestly, I like the looks of the Genesis better, as the Equus hood ornament is too "over the top", and the third box (trunk area) of the Equus is almost Cadillac/Origami-like with the sharp edges. Also reminds me of late design Q45 in the rear, and screams "I've given up on style, and just want the value". There's a reason Infiniti has put that Q45 out of it's misery. They really have turned the corner with the new M. If I hadn't just bought the Genesis, I would have to look at a V6 M over the Equus.
  • I disagree. M is not selling well because it has crappy ride, awkward styling, and it is overpriced.

    read any latest M reviews. none of them are positive. and honestly, i think it is too bulbous. it just looks like a bigger G. no wonder Acura still outsells Infiniti.
  • wolverinejoe80wolverinejoe80 Posts: 337
    edited May 2010
    Luxury: Is it the car or the brand on the car?

    Look how impressive Equus looks against the King, S. Equus stood its ground against the mighty S. I actually like Equus in some angles.

    some snapshots

    Infiniti M looks like a bigger G with absolutely zero road presence. - eo.html

    It's been seven days. Seven. And nobody has noticed this 2011 Infiniti M37S we've been driving. Nobody. Not our neighbors.

    Yes, it's a subjective matter, but even people in the Infiniti board are not impressed with the new design direction of Infiniti. I would gladly buy loaded Equus over loaded M56 and save 10 grand. that's just me.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557 and believe, pics don't do the Equus justice. I had the pleasure of seeing one in person when it was at a local dealership.

    In regards to the new Infiniti M56...yes, it will have more power than the Equus with the 4.6 V-8, but there is talk of Hyundai coming out with a 5.0 V-8 to possibly go in a long wheelbase version. Speculated output of the 5.0 would be about 425 hp. Insideline did a good write up on a comparo between the Infiniti M56 and the Benz E550.

    One big difference is that Infiniti's goal is to create a sports sedan whereas the Equus will truly just be a luxury sedan. The M56 is going up against the likes of the E-Class, 5-Series and cars of that ilk. The Equus on the other hand is going head to head with the S-Class, LS & 7-Series.

    In the end, it boils down to preference and certainly...everyone will have their own opinion. Hyundai certainly has come a long way in the style department, Infiniti is actually just now starting to do what they should have been doing all along.

    Hate to say it, the fair comparison would be between the Infiniti M's vs. The Genesis sedans.">link title
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 7,477
    Some pics show a vertical grid type grill and some show horizontal. Which is it going to be. I prefer the horizontal.

    2013 LX 570 2016 LS 460

  • smarty666smarty666 Posts: 1,503
    I disagree with you, respectively. Your right to a point, the M doesn't sell well overall because of the lack of refinement in ride quality/road noise and the price of the M56! The M37 without the sport suspension is more reasonably priced and has much reduced noise level compared to the 56 with sport tires/suspension!

    The M does not have awkward styling, in fact most have praised the new body style and the interior as excellent and much much better to the styling and interior it replaces and now is up to par with its current competition from BMW, Lexus, and MB!

    The problem is, the E and 5 are much better bang for your buck and refinement compared to the M. The problem is, Infiniti improved everything with the new M compared to the old, but they didn't do nearly enough and it will age terribly quick considering the redesigned A6 and GS will be out in another 1-2 years, and another refreshing of the 5 will come!
  • and believe, pics don't do the Equus justice. I had the pleasure of seeing one in person when it was at a local dealership.

    Just saw the Motoman video, and view of the Equus impressed me.

    I stand (humbly) corrected. Now I wonder if I should have held out for the Equus.\

    Though, like Motoman, I still think the hood ornament is Over The Top. Mercedes has one, sure, but they break off, and they're SUBTLE. This is too Rolls like.

    Next time. :)
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Well...if you liked the video, an in-person peek will take it over the top for you. I do agree...I'm not wild about the hood ornament, but wouldn't be a deal breaker for me. Sitting in the driver's seat made me totally forget about a hood ornament. LOL :D
  • twinbtwinb Posts: 140
    Anyone have an idea when the Equus will be in dealers' showrooms?
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    If they do things like they did with the Azera & Genesis, it would be in the showrooms at the beginning of 2011 (Jan/Feb).
    No, I think it's more like Nov/Dec 2010.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Nov/Dec is when you can expect to see a showroom example show up, but don't hold your breath in thinking you'll be able to purchase one till maybe Jan/Feb. This is exactly what happened with the Azera and the Genesis when Hyundai first rolled them out. Maybe they have learned their lesson and will do a better job with the Equus, but I think there's a method to their madness. Bring in a few, create a demand for them and folks start snatching up the ones they can get that are available. Once they've accomplished that...then they start bringing them en masse.

    We shall see though...the end of 2010 and the beginning of 2011 will be here before we know it!!! :shades:
  • ffeelliixxffeelliixx Posts: 2
    The US Equus will not have the hood ornament, and it will have the horizontal grill. It will also have the Hyundai "H" on the back. Shame on all three counts in my book, but I still like it.

    Go to and go to the gallery. I believe these depict the North American Equus with the exception of those photos labelled "pre-production."
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I think I prefer the horizontal grille to be honest. The vertical grille reminds me of the Lincoln cars too much. The hood ornament isn't a big deal for me. If it came with it or wouldn't be a deal-breaker for me. I think it should be offered as an option. As far as having the flying "H" on the back...I think it's GREAT!!! Just what the company needs for people to see so they can shake their head in wonderment and disbelief that it is actually a Hyundai. I still get that with my Azera after 4 years!!!
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    I prefer no hood ornament and the vertical grille.

    While I'm at it, let me comment on the price comparisons with the LS460. I keep reading everywhere that we are supposed to be comparing a $55K Equus to a $63K LS460. But the Equus should be compared to an LS460L, as the dimensions of the two are almost identical. If the base Equus is equiped as I think it will be, I think a comparable LS460L would be about $80K. That's enough difference to get a lot of people's attention.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    I think everyone will have their own preference as to those things and maybe they'll offer the "other" grille upon production to give folks a choice.

    With the dimensions of the Equus already being almost identical to the 460L, I wonder what target the Equus LWB model would be. I know they are trying to figure if a long wheel base version of the Equus would be a viable move or not.

    $80k vs. $55k...yeah, who wouldn't want to pocket $25k? :shades:
  • rcf8000rcf8000 Posts: 619
    With the low volume they are projecting for the Equus, why not offer both grilles? Let is be a dealer installed option, at least.

    I don't see why they'd need an LWB version.
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    LWB model would work for those that want to be chauffeured around, but would like to save money vs. traditional limo type cars. Why would anyone need the 460L vs the regular 460?
  • High-level executives expect to be chauffeured with lounge-out leg room and all the amenities available to them...
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    actually the comment was meant to show that a LWB version would probably be welcomed by mid-level executives that want to be chauffeured around with lounge-out leg room and all the amenities available to them...and not have to pay what those high-level execs. are paying. ;)
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Hyundai Equus

    * 2011 Hyundai Equus: This new flagship sedan will go on sale this summer with a price tag around $55,000. It's larger and more luxurious than the current Genesis and will feature a V8 engine only.

    Hyundai Future Vehicles
  • tenpin288tenpin288 Posts: 804
    Here are Motor Trend's First drive impressions on the Equus...

    MT First Drive
  • allmet33allmet33 Posts: 3,557
    Yes indeed! Considering it's a prototype model and isn't completely tuned as it will be for North America...the fact that the driving characteristics fall between the Lexus LS and the BMW 7-Series...that's not a bad thing at all. I imagine they can tweak and give the best of both worlds with the air adjustable suspension. :shades:
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,025
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