For consumers who want to break the bank on a full size luxury sedan purchase, the new and redesigned 2017 Hyundai Equus is definitely the perfect choice for them. The vehicle offers the following highlights: an extremely quiet and refined cabin; comfortable seats that offer appealing legroom; a generous list of standard features; expansive rear legroom; a slew of safety features.
For 2017, buyers should look forward to a hands-free trunk and mild exterior and interior tweaks.
Otherwise, the new Equus returns unchanged. Some of us can remember the surprise that came when Hyundai announced that it could it bring the model to the U.S and many people wondered whether a sedan that has long been associated with SUVs and economical sedans could build a vehicle fit enough to rival the German behemoths like BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
When it did finally come, the Equus proved its worth through offering of an exceptional feature content, a remarkable indulgent, quiet, comfortable, and an affordable price. And five years down the line, the story is still the same.
Soft-touch plastics, wood trim, and a creamy leather, and others have enabled the Equus make a footprint on the market dominated by well-known and respected brands.
Additionally, it comes with a feature galore ranging from a navigation system, power rear shade, ventilated front seats to a whopping 17-speaker Lexicon sound system. Other nice features include the rear seat entertainment feature, 360-suround view camera, and several optional packages.
In overall, the Equus seems to have hit the right notes. However, the vehicle unfortunately comes with some lackluster features including a lack of additional engine choices and an all-wheel-drive, a disappointing stopping distance, and a lack of a sophisticated suspension tuning.
Available Trims – Hyundai Equus
For 2017, the fresh 2017 Hyundai Equus is available in only two well-equipped trims: base Signature, and the top-of-the-line Ultimate trims.
Interior Concept & Exterior Rendering – 2017 Hyundai Equus
The Signature model long list of features includes LED foglights, automatic wipers, an adjustable air suspension, 19” wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a sunroof, keyless entry and ignition, a windshield wiper de-icer, adaptive bi-xenon headlights, an adjustable air suspension, rear parking sensors, and auto-diming rearview camera.
Interior wise, the Signature trim gets you a 10-way passenger adjustability, a leather upholstery, a power rear sunshade, heated and power-reclining rear seats, auto-dimming rearview camera, driver memory settings, extended leather interior trim, separate rear seat controls, automatic climate control (tri-zone), and a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel.
Electronic features include Bluetooth audio and phone connectivity, a blind-spot monitoring system, a lane departure warning system, a 9.2” central display, a 17-speaker Lexicon audio system, Hyundai’s Link telematics system, rear cross traffic alert, a blind-spot monitoring system, and an auxiliary audio input.
Opting for the top-rated Ultimate trim gets you a 360-surround view camera, a full LCD instrument panel, a rear seat power lumbar adjustment, a hands-free power trunk lid, rear vanity mirrors, rear seat head-restraint adjustment, and a steering wheel-mounted controller.
Engine Specs – 2017 Hyundai Equus Review
Under the hood of the two trims: Signature and Ultimate, come equipped with a 5.0L V8 engine rated at 429 hp and 376 pounds of torque. A rear wheel drive is the default drive system, as the eight-speed automatic transmission system.
During our own test drive, the redesigned 2017 Hyundai Equus sauntered to 60 mph from standstill in just 5.6 seconds.
According to Hyundai, the Equus returns fuel economy ratings of 15/23/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined.
Safety wise, some of the standard items include rear parking sensors, antilock disc brakes, a rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, remote vehicle access, geo-fencing, stolen vehicle recovery, rear-cross traffic alert, lane-departure warning system, and a blind-spot monitor.
Price & 2017 Hyundai Equus Release Date
For those planning to buy the new 2017 Hyundai Equus, you should expect to be set by an around $61,500. As for the release date, expect the vehicle to go for sale during the second half of 2016.