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The US market Hyundai Equus luxury saloon has been unveiled at the New York motor show - but don't expect to see the car in the UK.

Hyundai is championing the car as a larger, cheaper version of rivals such as the Lexus LS460 and Mercedes S550, but with just as much performance.

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Power comes from a 385bhp 4.6-litre V8 with 335lb ft of torque.

Luxury tech includes electronically controlled air springs, adaptive cruise control and an advanced sat-nav and audio system.

The US version of the car is lightly modified from the Korean model, with mild cosmetic changes to the grille and boot lid badge among the standout changes.

Neither version will be seen in the UK, though. "A large, rear-drive, big petrol engined car will only work in certain markets, and the UK isn't one of them," said a Hyundai insider.

"However, that may be different for future generations of models, with our hybrid and diesel technology coming on stream quickly."

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