Saturday, 24 January 2009

2010 Hyundai Equus leaked

Updated: 29/01/09

Until recently, some have forgetten that Hyundai is planning to replace it's flagship sedan. Our latest spy photos show the forthcoming Equus loaded on a tow truck running towards Hyundai's R&D base located in Namyang, South Korea. The current Equus sedan has been on sale in South Korea for over 8 years and is looking dated and aged compared to newer rivals like the Mercedes S-Class, Lexus LS, Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series. According to sources, the Equus will be available in LWB varaint aswell. Considering the regular Equus will measure at 5,160mm, is there really a need for a LWB model?

Known intrenally as the "BHL", the newcomer will be based off the popular Genesis sedan. Regular Equus' will be driven by a 290bhp 3.8 litre V6 and a 375bhp 4.6 litre Tau V8, while the LWB will get the latter engine and a 5.0 litre Tau V8 with about 400bhp, which will follow later. The latter engines (4.6 & 5.0 V8) will likely to feature direct-injection technology which comes from Hyundai's new Theta engine line.

Hyundai will also be loading the Equus with cabin technologies such as Lane Departure Warning System and a Pre-Safety Seatbelt System which can tighten a belt split-seconds before an impact.

Unveiling of the new sedan is expected next month with the Equus arriving in South Korean dealerships in February 2010. Prices should start at 130 million KRW ($94,800 - $96,000/£69,800 - at current exchange rates) for the LWB 400bhp 5.0 litre. No overseas sales have been planned.

Via > Hyundai IV undergoing more testing

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