The Hyundai Equus launch in the United States market presented the South Korean auto brand for the first time on a high luxury pedestal. Overtaking the Genesis as Hyundais flagship, the Equus was among the largest vehicles sold by the car brand in the North American market. At 203.1 inches in overall length, the rear-wheel drive car tipped the scales at 4,449 pounds.
Propelling the massive 2011 model year vehicle was a 4.6-liter Tau engine producing up to 385 horsepower. Standard HID headlights with LED accents and 19-inch chrome alloy wheels accompanied the appearance of the 2011 Hyundai Equus. Four-wheel disc brakes, Vehicle Stability Control, electro-hydraulic power steering and electronically controlled air suspension with Continuous Damping Control all played a role in premium ride for the Equus sedan.
Inside, the 2011 Hyundai Equus employed a rich use of leather and wood grain materials. On the Equus Ultimate model, the five-passenger rear seat bench was replaced with a pair of seats divided by a large center console. Message and heat controls for the rear seating were remotely activated. Standard equipment such as Smart Cruise Control, power tilt-and-telescope steering wheel as well as a 17-speaker, 608-watt Lexicon 7.1 Discrete surround-sound stereo system provided an unmistakable sense of luxury to the occupants of the Equus.
For the first year of sales for the Equus, buyers would receive an Apple iPad containing their owners manual. Originally equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Hyundai Equus was upgraded to an eight-speed gearbox for the 2012 model year. The 2012 model year for the luxury car also included the more powerful 5.0-liter engine. Producing 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque, the 2012 Hyundai Equus new Tau engine operated with gasoline direct injection technology. A number of revisions to the 2014 Equus sedan included new front-end treatment, standard LED fog lamps, retuned suspension and an enhanced dashboard setup featuring larger LCD displays.