The new 2017 Hyundai Equus is the next generation of Hyundai’s sedans. Equus is nothing but the most expensive car in Hyundai’s lineup, and that’s an admirable feat given the quality of some of Korean automaker’s cars. 2017 Hyundai Equus will be third generation model and should bring some fresh ideas when it comes to both interior and exterior designs.
Under the Hood
By the time new Equus models arrive, Hyundai’s largest powertrain might be discarded in order for more efficient engine to take its place. However, 5.0L V-8 which makes 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque is still a good choice since it delivers competitive power output. Still, smaller, turbo V-8 unit might do the same with ease, while also delivering in fuel efficiency department. In any case, 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive configuration will continue to coexist with any engine new Equus possibly throws at them.
Design – Inside and Outside look
Hyundai’s flagship sedan is currently quite a looker. It lacks some pizzazz in rear end department, but it gets much more inspiring frontal fascia than pretty much any other Hyundai. While those defining features will be changed for 2017 Hyundai Equus, they will still remain unique. You can safely expect plenty of chrome in new Equus’ grille, bumper, midsection and rear end. You can also expect that uninspiring rear quarter to change, but overhang already looks stylish. Still, revised tail-lights and new chrome garnish between them are on the cards.
Same kind of changes will happen inside as well. Expect redesigned cabin with some new materials, but overall luxuriousness shouldn’t be hindered. At the same time, it shouldn’t be raised as well. Only premium leather will wrap your body regardless of trim level that you decide to go with. New, probably more complex dashboard will also be wrapped in leather, and should offer plenty of wood at the same time. It’s sad, however, that new generation models demand complete overhauls as Equus’ current cabin looks outstanding.
Every available model offers a large 9.2-inch LCD screen with navigation, while top tier models also offer 12.3-inch TFT gauge cluster. Even rear seat passengers get to enjoy dual 9.2-inch screens. All audio, however, comes from standard Lexicon 17-speaker 7.1 surround sound system. All this amounts to some premium feature list, but that’s not everything there is to it. 2017 Hyundai Equus is really a worthy competitor to any luxury car.
Apart from mandatory safety options, Equus offers a rearview camera, lane departure warning, rear parking sensors, collision-warning system, blind-spot monitors, cross-traffic alerts and adaptive cruise control.
2017 Hyundai Equus Price
If 5.0L V-8 remains, don’t expect 2017 Hyundai Equus to offer better efficiency than 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. Still, it’s fair to state that even turbo V-8 or V-6 of smaller displacements wouldn’t be able to offer radical improvements. Finally, price tag between $62,000 and $70,000 is Equus’ biggest advantage over its rivals.
2017 Hyundai Equus doesn’t cost as much as extravagant Mercedes-Benz S class, for instance, but it still delivers in terms of luxury. There’s just not a feature you could miss if you decide to go with top tier model, but even entry-level Equus offers almost the same feature list.