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Hyundai's working on a rear-wheel-drive successor to its home-market Equus luxury sedan. The car's expected to debut at the New York Auto Show in April, and these most recent spy shots show it with less camouflage than we've seen it wearing in the past. You can't see the front end, but you get a really good look at the clean flanks. The roofline pays homage to the Euro iron Hyundai undoubtedly has in its sights; not to mention the high-end Japanese makes like Infiniti and Lexus. The kink in the lower portion of the C-pillar is a nod directly to BMW - though Infiniti copied it first. Power will be provided by the Azera's 3.8 liter V6 at the bottom end, while there's a 4.6 liter V8 reportedly generating over 300 horsepower for the top-of-the-line car. This looks like a large vehicle, and we car nuts welcome more RWD platforms with available V8s - they're a hoot to be irresponsible in. Rumors have the entry price in the $30,000 range, which is a mighty deal if it continues with Hyundai's recent formula. Expect to find styling that's pleasant in an inoffensive, non-polarizing way when the wraps come off, and we're sure that equipment levels will be high and suspension calibrations will tend toward the softer side. How soft it goes will determine whether it's a spiritual successor to the Crown Victoria, or if it plays in more rarified air occupied by the aforementioned lux-marques.
[Source: The Car Blogger via GM Inside News]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Digging some more it looks like the engine is an original design by Hyundai, and there will be a 5.0 and a 5.5 supercharged version coming. When the Tiburon is redesigned in a couple years it may get a v8 engine option.

      http://carspyshots.net/zerothread?cmd=print&id=16038
      • 8 Years Ago
      4.6L V8???? in Hyundai going in the truck business???
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wait till you see the new Tiburon. It will blow you away. 3.8L V6 in that bad boy and styling that you wouldn't believe.
      • 8 Years Ago
      FROM THE PHOTO, LOOKS LIKE A Q45 at half price. Also similar to the Holdens, but looks bigger.

      GEEEEEE! Ford has been slow with a new Crown Vic, Chevy with its RWD Impala -- what a shock that the Koreans are smart enough to fill the void, DUH!!!!!
      If Hyundai makes a cop car out of this and it starts to sell well here -----I will be suggestin tar and feathers for Bill Ford, as well as GM management.

      • 8 Years Ago
      I think Hyundai is gonna go far in their Luxury brand
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brian W. With your obviously biased opinion, I doubt you have even drivin a Hyundai for the long term. The only purpose of your comments on every Hyundai related article is to take subjective, anecdotal cheap shots due to the threat Hyundai posses to the brand you're a fan of. I'm sorry, but your posts are neither constructive or insightful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This won't be cheap enough to serve as a cop car.

      I am impressed if the engine combines CVVL and cylinder deactivation. So far only BMW has a CVVL engine, and the elimination of the throttle boosts both power and economy.
      • 8 Years Ago
      No matter what engine they are using, I hope to see this car in America sometime soon, since the news has been they will bring it here, along with a rwd Tiburon style car and even a pickup truck (shared with Kia)
      • 8 Years Ago
      isnt there talk of a rwd sporty car for hyundai? maybe based off this platform with these engines? would be interesting to see hyundai go up against camaros and mustangs.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The BH will be available with Hyundai's new 4.6L 340 HP V8 Tau engine.

      http://thecarblogger.blogspot.com/2007/03/spy-shots-2008-hyundai-bh-rwd.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      The engine to be used is an updated Mitsubishi engine that was originally for the Asian market.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_8A8x_engine
      • 8 Years Ago
      Ok all, the Equus has been in existance for quite some time now, just not state side. While living in South Korea about 5 years ago, I saw the Equus first hand and even rode in one. Acording to the owner and a couple of other students of mine, the Equus is the product of a partnership with Mitsubishi. That was confirmed when I saw the new
      Diamante two years ago; the design is almost the same, just a bit smaller, the Equus looks more robust. The interior was very luxurious, much like a BMW.
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