Stretched Equus saloon is launched in South Korea
2 October 2009

This is the long-wheelbase Hyundai Equus saloon, which will cost £70,000 when it goes on sale in South Korea.

It is the most sophisticated, powerful and expensive Hyundai yet with power coming from a 5.0 litre V8, which produces almost 400bhp and 370lb-ft of torque.

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Other features include the worlds first electrically adjustable footrests in the rear, and the Korean Limo is said to offer unparalleled levels of space and luxury with electronically adjustable and massaging seats all round.

It is up to 310mm longer than its competitors meaning more leg room, and is also more powerful than rivals such as the Lexus LS460L and Merc S500L.

Hyundai is offering bulletproofing as an option, something which the Korean president has elected for on all three of his recently ordered Equus’s.

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2 October 2009

Pic 4 - separated at birth from an S-Class? In a perverse way I find this appealing.

2 October 2009

Looks good. Except for that grill. But that is being picky. I bet this article gets loads of comments along the line of 70k for a Hyundai! Who cares! haha Badge snobery is nonsense.

2 October 2009

[quote jelly7961]Pic 4 - separated at birth from an S-Class? In a perverse way I find this appealing.[/quote]My initial thoughts were Maybach. The front end proportions suggest fwd.

2 October 2009

It willl be interesting to see the quality of materials used. I'm sure this vehicle will sell in other countries but surely a £70K Hyundai would never sell in the UK?

If you think an S-Class or a 7 Series depretiates a lot I'm sure these fellas will set a record.

Nice looking car though, I agree mostly S-class /Maybach.

2 October 2009

Why do the Koreans spend all the time aping European brands? Get you own style guys!

i would rather my Merc S class had a Merc badge than a Hyundai badge thanks.

Dont bother bringing it to europe guys, if the massively talented VW Phaeton failed so spectacularly then this has no hope.

2 October 2009

If it comes with Hyundai 7 year warranty then its a steal! - wait for the Kia sporty version too.

2 October 2009

[quote jonfortwo]

i would rather my Merc S class had a Merc badge than a Hyundai badge thanks.

Dont bother bringing it to europe guys, if the massively talented VW Phaeton failed so spectacularly then this has no hope.

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This Equus looks much better than the S-Class and the Phaeton wasn't particularly talented; it was just a slightly tempremental A8.

I like this Hyundai thingy, but it'll have to be loaded-up to compete at that price.

It's effectively an improved copy without the low-rent, Mercedes brand loyalty.

2 October 2009

[quote Broom Broom]but it'll have to be loaded-up to compete at that price.[/quote]

it wont compete. full stop.

it does not matter how good the individual brands are its image and heritage that count at this sort of price level in europe not electrically adjustable foot rests.

2 October 2009

[quote Broom Broom]

I like this Hyundai thingy, but it'll have to be loaded-up to compete at that price.

It's effectively an improved copy without the low-rent, Mercedes brand loyalty.

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Are you seriously saying that if you were going to spend £70,000 on a motor vehicle you'd consider a Hyundai?

You must have rocks in your head! Look, let's be clear - it could be the best in class (I doubt it but let's say for argument's sake it is), it would still be a disasterous buy - the depreciation on it would be utterly frightening. Enough to make the disasterous Phaeton look like a wise investment.

Whether you do or not, the average person who spends £70,000 wants badge appeal. The better the badge appeal, the less the depreciation.

At any rate I think this is a moot point - I doubt this will be sold outside of South Korea.

2 October 2009

[quote jonfortwo]

it wont compete. full stop.

it does not matter how good the individual brands are its image and heritage that count at this sort of price level in europe not electrically adjustable foot rests.

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For certain types - the types I referred to - it certainly won't register except to give them another badge to sneer at while wallowing around in their brand wagons, impressing fellow suburbanites, but those people are prone to overlook substance in favour of superficial values. All we can say so far is that it looks quite good and the S-Class doesn't.

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