What is it? The new Equus slots in above the Azera as Hyundai's new flagship, and takes the carmaker's line up a notch in both size and luxury. Like competitors, such as the slightly smaller Lexus LS 460, the Equus is loaded with technology and luxury features. Standard equipment includes rear- and front-view cameras; an adjustable electronic suspension with sport mode; adaptive cruise control to maintain a safe distance from a vehicle in front; a lane-departure warning system; rain-repellant glass; headlights that turn with the front wheels; and heated, cooled, and massaging leather seats. Seating for either four or five passengers is available, and four-passenger models get an extra measure of luxury with a refrigerated center console and reclining seat with footrest. Powered by a 385-hp, 4.6-liter V8 engine matched with a six-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai says the rear-wheel Equus will get about 24 mpg on the highway and 16 mpg in the city. Pricing has not been announced, but a company representative said it will be in the $50,000 to $60,000 range.
What's new or notable? Hyundai is replacing the paper owners manual with a 9-inch multimedia searchable tablet with wi-fi that will also provide service reminders and enable owners to schedule dealer appointments.
CR's take: We've had the opportunity to sample an Equus at our test track, and it struck us as a worthy competitor to the top-rated Lexus LS460 at a lower price.
When will it be available? Fall 2010