So, if you always wanted one of those new iPads but thought it’s expensive you can now get it for free! Mind you, you have to buy a Hyundai Equus first! The Korean manufacturer has come up with a new idea to make their luxury sedan even more desirable and that’s replacing the tradition owner’s manual with an iPad which above all, is interactive and not boring!
Apart from that iPad thing, the Equus itself is one helluva good car! It comes with everything, almost, you get in a Mercedes S-Class apart form the looks and the badge of course, for a whole lot less money. Hyundai says that it starting price for the Equus in the mid $50,000 range, which is brilliant since even the most basic models is packed with features and equipments.
The car’s powered by a 4.6 liter TAU V8 engine developing 385 horsepower and 333 lb-ft of torque using premium fuel and 378 horsepower and 324 lb-ft using regular fuel. It’s mated to a ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC which delivers the power to the rear wheels. It does 0 to 60 mph in 6.4 seconds.
This being a luxury saloon, it comes with electronically controlled air suspension which promises to both comfi and dynamic. It comes with Damping Control (CDC) which continually monitors road and driving dynamics and adjusts damping force accordingly, and 19-inch chrome alloy wheels with P245/45R19 front P275/40R19 rear tires.
Safety features of the Hyundai Equus includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, electronic active head restraints, lane departure warning system and smart cruise control. Equus even has a Vehicle Stability Management system (VSM) that optimally manages ESC, the electronic parking brake, smart cruise control and the seatbelt tensioning system for optimal safety. Equus’ total of nine airbags include advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants and a driver’s knee airbag.
The interior which is garnished with leather, alcantara and wood also features a top notch audio system. The Lexicon surround sound audio system includes a 13-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing 608 watts of sound in 7.1 discrete surround sound audio. Equus also offers the clarity of digital HD Radio technology, XM Satellite Radio and iPod/USB integration.