Checking out the Hyundai Equus in person

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god damn. i really like it

If you think the Genesis sedan is nice, wait'll you get a load of Hyundai's home-market luxu-flagship, the Equus. The automaker has one prominently on display here at the New York Auto Show this week, and while it's supposed to merely be a "Look, this is how awesome we can be" thing (there's no plan for the Equus to be sold here at this time), you can bet Hyundai is taking note of people's reactions. Outside, the Equus is more ornate than the Genesis, with a bright grille, highly-polished wheels and a pedestrian-impaling hood ornament. The sheetmetal details are nice, too. We especially dig the subtle fender bulges over the rear wheels.

While that's all well and good, it's inside the cabin where the Equus shows that it's truly meant to do battle against the likes of the Mercedes S-Class, Lexus LS and BMW 7 Series. All the toys are present: push-button start, a console-mounted control interface for the in-car systems, classy wood accents, upmarket switchgear, and even Grey Poupon snack trays for the rear passengers. Oh, those rear passengers get massaging back seats, as well. It's very impressive looking and it stinks of quality. If Hyundai ever decides to gamble and attack the next price segment up from the Genesis sedan, they clearly have the ammo to do so. The Equus is the real deal.
















http://www.autoblog.com/photos/new-york-hyundai-equus-1/

 

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You might be able to twist my arm hard enough to make me sit in it. What's list on that thing?
 
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we arent getting it. but i think w/ the conversion factor it was over 100k or something :rofl:
 

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HOLY WTF? Wow. Cancel what I said in the earlier post. Not sitting in it.

I don't let myself into cars worth more than 50K. lol
 
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If the Genesis is aimed at the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, then the Equus has its sites set squarely on vehicles like the 7 Series, S-Class and Lexus LS460. It is still not known whether Hyundai will sell the Equus in the U.S., though with a base price of 130,000,000 South Korean won (about $93,471 USD)
 

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If they brought it here I'm sure it wouldnt be that much. I would put it in the range of prolly 60k-80k still alot but I dont see hyundai selling a 100k car in the U.S.
 

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Looks like they took design ideas from alot of cars and put them into one. If I had the money I would much rather have a BMW or Benz if im going to spend that much on a luxury car.
 

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I would put $100 on it that within the year of driving you would find bubbling paint or chipped paint of some sort not caused my wear and tear
 

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"because it's a hyundai" :rolleyes:

imo its a nice lookin car sorta but kinda bulky looking.. but i do agree with panda on styling cues from several other brands / models.. i don't think it'd sell well at that price
 
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We have a few Hyundai Sonata rental cars at our shop. Overall, I think the Sonata is a good car for the money. However, they still have a few quirks that I've picked up on. One of them is that the steering feels very light and numb. Also, the interior panels squeak/rattle over rough road. Other than that, they drive well and aren't total pooches.
 

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If it sells for 90,000USD over there, Baythcos is right in guessing it would be about 60,000USD if sold here. America gets a large discount on all cars. The M3 retails for about 90,000USD in Germany and over 100,000USD just about every where else.
 

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If I didnt know it was a Hyundai I would probably say it was a BMW but for a $100k Im pretty sure I could find something else to but... but I think it looks pretty sharp
 
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Citing an unnamed source "close to the project," InsideLine is reporting that Hyundai plans to bring the Equus super-sedan to the States within the next two to three years. According to the insider, "... you wouldn't be too far off if you said the car was coming to the United States. Our chairman wants it."

Although the news doesn't come as a complete surprise, particularly considering Hyundai brought out an Equus to this week's New York Auto Show, the biggest hurdle to overcome is price. In its current form, the Equus starts at around $96,000, putting it squarely up against such high-dollar machinery as the Audi A8, BMW 7 series, Lexus LS and Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Hyundai knows it's not ready to swim with the whale sharks of the luxury world, so it's hoping to get the sticker closer to $50,000 when equipped with the automaker's 5.0-liter V8 and new eight-speed transmission.
 

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8 speed trans? Sounds a little overkill no?
 

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I'd hit it, 50K would be a hell of a run against the Lexus LS, and 7 series. Acura's RL is a dying figure too
 
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