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Hyundai has just launched a new Equus limousine in its home market designed to appeal to executives that really need extra stretch-out room. The new Equus VL500 has had 12 inches of extra length inserted in between its axles. The extra length means that the already large Equus now bests other competitors like the Lexus LS460L and Mercedes S500L by almost 15 inches in rear leg room.

For those not in a hurry, the new limo uses the Lambda 3.8-liter V6 as the standard powerplant. The new 5.0-liter version of the company's Tau V8 is optional with 394 horsepower. As befits such a ride, the longer Equus incorporates features like power rear footrests and massaging seats. Korean customers can order the factory stretch now at prices ranging from the equivalent of $113,000 to $122,180, but at this time, Hyundai America has no comment about a possible U.S. variant to accompany the previously-announced standard-length model. Be sure to check out the press release and video available after the jump.



[Source: Hyundai]


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PRESS RELEASE:

HYUNDAI LAUNCHES STRETCH EDITION OF ITS LUXURY FLAGSHIP, EQUUS

- 300 mm longer than the sedan version, increasing comfort for the VIP passenger

- Features award-winning Tau Engine in V8 5.0L version

- Offering the world's most comfortable passenger experience

*All specifications in this release are Korean domestic.

(Seoul, Korea) Hyundai Motor Co. today began receiving orders for the long wheelbase edition of its most luxurious car, the EQUUS.

The stretch edition offers several upgraded features from the normal sedan version, including differentiated exterior designs and longer overall length. The engine and other functions have been reinforced to attain first-class performance, safety, comfort and convenience.

With the comfort of passengers at the forefront of its design principle, the EQUUS Limousine, as it is named in Korea, offers passengers unparalleled levels of interior volume. The vehicle's length is longer than major competitors by as much as 310 mm, with backseat legroom as much as 376 mm longer, as well.

To differentiate it from the EQUUS sedan, the stretch version is equipped with an exclusive horizontal cross-bar radiator grille with an emblem in the center. Thus, the exterior image exudes an impression of strength and confidence, in line with the vehicle's elegant image.

EQUUS Limousine comes with a choice of two sophisticated engines: The Lambda 3.8L engine and the Tau 5.0L engine. The Tau 5.0 engine, applied to the stretch version for the first time, is a reinforced version of the Tau 4.6L engine that won the 2009 Ward's 10 Best Engines award.

With a maximum output of 400ps and a peak torque rating of 51.0kg, the stretch version outperforms its competitors, such as the Lexus LS460L and Mercedes S500L by 20ps and 12ps, respectively.

The power-driven footrest, the world's first, along with Rear Seat Leg Support, Relax Posture Control and Massage System function, allows passengers the most comfortable driving experience found today.

The price for the long wheelbase edition EQUUS ranges from 135 million won to 146 million won (approximately US$113,000 to US$122,180, based on today's currency exchange rates).

Additionally, Hyundai has successfully developed a bulletproof version of the long wheelbase EQUUS and has donated three units to the Blue House (the Korean Presidential Residence). Hyundai is the first Korean company ? and one of a handful worldwide - to develop a bulletproof car with its own technology.


■ EQUUS Limousine Specifications

CLASSIFICATION

EQUUS SEDAN

EQUUS LIMOUSINE

Dimension

(mm)


Overall Length


5,160


5,460


Overall Width


1,900


1,900


Overall Height


1,495


1,495


Wheel Base


3,045


3,345

Engine


Name


V6


V8


V6


V8


Displacement (CC)


3,778


4,627


3,778


5,038


Max.Output




(ps/rpm)


290/6,200


366/6,500


290/6,200


400/6,400




(with premium oil)


Max. Torque




(kgm/pm)


36.5/4,500


44.8/3,500


36.5/4,500


51.0/3,500




(with premium oil)


Fuel efficiency (km/l)


9.3


8.8


9.0


8.0


Empty Vehicle Weight(Kg)


1,875


2,025


2,040


2,125

Suspension


Front


Multi-link


Multi-link


Rear


Multi-link


Multi-link


Max Tire


245/45R19 (F)




275/40R19 (R)

● Comparison with competitors

Classification

EQUUS Limousine

Lexus LS460L

Mercedes

S500L

BMW750Li

Spec

(mm)

Length

5,460

5,150

5,210

5,212

Width

1,900

1,875

1,870

1,902

Height

1,495

1,465

1,475

1,478

Wheelbase

3,345

3,090

3,165

3,210

Rear Seat Leg Room

1,310

980

934

1,030

Engine







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      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks elegant.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks good otherwise but I'm as far away from in the limo market as you can get.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The problem is that even Lexus hasn't been selling the L versions of the LS very well. While I'm confident that the regular version of the Equus will sell well even in the US, I think Hyundai may be rushing it if it introduces the limousine version at the same time as the regular version.
      Of course, it WILL sell well in Korea, not just because Hyundai is much more respected there for luxury automobiles of late, but because Korea has put up barriers for imports that are even more prohibitive than Japan's restrictions. Effectively, executives can ONLY ride in upper-end Hyundai Equuss, Ssangyong Chairmans, etc.
      HotRodzNKustoms
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even a pro basketball player could stretch out with that kind of legroom!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did you notice in the press release that the Korean presidential residence is called, "The Blue House"? Can't they come up with ONE original idea?

      Okay, I'm just kidding, but that was too funny to pass up.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In Korean the presidential office is called Cheongwadae and it translates to The house of blue tiled roof. It actually has a blue tiled roof and site which the current presidential office is located was originally royal villa built by King Sukjong of the Goryeo dynasty in 1104. The site was also official residence of the Governor General of Korea during Japan's annexation of Korea. Rhee Syngman the first president of the Republic of Korea called the residence the Gyeongmudae. It was later changed to Cheongwadae by President Yun Bo-seon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In Argentina it is called the "Pink House". (Due to its pinkish marble facade and overall coloring).

        The car looks nice but at this price range they should have developed a second more luxurious brand a la Lexus. Even mighty Toyota realized they can't sell uber-luxury vehicles under the Toyota-brand (which has a quality of its own) and even in Japan they have rebranded their luxury vehicles as Lexus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In recent news

        [b]Cheong Wa Dae Gets 1st Korean-Made Bulletproof Limos[/b]

        Hyundai Motor has built Korea's first bulletproof vehicles and donated them to Cheong Wa Dae. The carmaker said Monday that three bulletproof limousine versions of its Equus luxury sedan were delivered to the presidential office at an event with Kim In-jong, chief of the Presidential Security Service, and Kim Yong-hwan, CEO of Hyundai Motor.

        Until now the presidential office has used only imported armored vehicles, including Mercedes-Benz and BMW models. A Hyundai Motor official said the bulletproof Equus limos will be used to ensure the safety of VIPs during the G20 summit to be held in Korea next year, elevating the image of Korean vehicles.

        The carmaker did not provide details on the new limos because they have yet to be commercialized, but said their specifications rival those of Mercedes-Benz or BMW bulletproof vehicles.

        The German automakers use armor standards set by Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office, and all the presidential office's bulletproof vehicles are known to be rated sixth or seventh level, which is capable of withstanding a nearby blast of 15 kg of TNT.

        The armored Equus vehicles feature a modified version of Hyundai's 400-hp, V8 Tau engine.

        http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2009/09/29/2009092900552.html
        • 5 Years Ago
        @skablaw

        Are Americans still so arrogant to think that their country is the centre of the universe & that everything started from there???
        No wonder why many Americans today are considered arrogant & unwelcomed in many countries & have to lie that they are English when asked where they are from by the locals.....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Steve, dude, wow. Calm down, man. I don't know if you got to the end of the whole two lines of my post, but I said, "just kidding." Maybe in your haze of blinding rage you haven't noticed that 99% of the comment sections about Hyundai on this blog include at least one or two accusations that they copy all of their design elements from other automakers. Hence, the humorous play by indicting them for naming "The Blue House," as a knock-off of "The White House." Get it? "Ha, ha," you know? A joke.

        If you want to start a flame-war about America vs. the world, I'll be happy to take the bait, though. Ever since I was a young boy, my family has taken in refugees from Vietnam, housed them, clothed them, fed them and worked with them to learn English and get jobs in the U.S. all absolutely free. I've lived in Thailand for several years and have made months-long trips to Europe where I forged incredible friendships in Germany and Hungary that last to this day.

        I don't know who you are or where you're from, but if you think that Americans act like jackasses and are hated the world-'round for their behavior, I would love to know how you feel the global community would receive the xenophobic hate-rant you just blasted here. Grow up.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take the limo, and the girl in black.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's enough room in the car for them both. Take two!
      • 5 Years Ago
      theres no pics of the back yet because they havent decided who to rip it off from. lets see the grill is ffrom a mercedes, the side looks like a lexus so im guessing that the back will look like a 7 series
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Equus is quite an attractive car, especially in Limo form. But as one of the posters here mentioned, in comparison to the other luxury sedans the Equus will compete with the interior is not up to par and could use a slight design refresh and the addition of more quality materials overall for the versions that will be making there way to the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is not bad looking at all.
      • 5 Years Ago
      lovin it. Anybody else see potential for a good trend here? A 30 or so inch wide B pillar separating the front and rear doors is common to limos, but a 9 incher could be used to pay legitimate homage to a car's limousine heritage. I like that idea. It's different from grouping the handles together.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I really don't think the stretched Equus will come to the US, and if it does, it probably won't cost near $110k--I would say at least $75,000. Still cheaper than Lexus and Mercedes, and probably just as good or even better. We need to remember that this is not the same Hyundai of 1985-1998, with cars that are aimed at the bad-credit customers.

      As for the first post, I'm getting fed up with these spammers. It seems that since everybody is either blocking or deleting junk email and popup, these jokers are posting their trash on our blog sites and forums. Isn't there something the webmasters can do to stop this?
        • 5 Years Ago
        They did delete it. Thanks, Sal.

        Now if they can only find a way to stop all spam before it hits the blogs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The first post I see says, "Looks Maybach-ish. But I would be hard pressed to pay $110k+ for a Hyundai."... Maybe they already deleted the spam...

        Sal C.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Would make a nice limo for places like NYC. The Town Cars feel outdated and this could be a nice replacement.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good points,skablaw. Price wise the Town Car is better. But it will be going out of production soon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @skablaw,

        You're a little behind the times, buddy. Most octagenarians named Sal around here seem to be worth millions from either getting a job on the NYSE through nepotism or from owning 10 apartment buildings they bought for $5,000 apiece in the 1950s. The $10/hr hack more than likely has a long beard....
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