At the 2010 New York International Auto Show, Hyundai showed off the 2011 Equus, the luxury sedan they hope will become their flagship. “[The] Equus takes Hyundai’s formula for intelligent luxury to a new level,” said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. “We’ve applied the lessons in engineering excellence we’ve learned with Genesis to the Equus, while adding a new level of customer experience that will further differentiate our take on luxury from the traditional premium brands.”
The Equus adds to Hyundai’s lineup and like the Genesis, the Equus is build on Hyundai’s rear-wheel-drive architecture. It is powered by a 4.6-liter Tau® V8 mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control that produces 385 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque using premium fuel and 378 horsepower and 324 lb-ft of torque using regular fuel (0-60 time is 6.4 seconds). With technology you’d expect to see in the more expensive luxury sedans, the Equus showcases features such as a lane departure warning system, electronic air suspension, smart cruise control and a Lexicon® audio system.
Starting price for the 2011 Hyundai Equus will be in the mid $50,000 range.