You’ve never heard of this Hyundai luxury sedan — but the 2002 Hyundai Equus rivaled the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Today, I’m reviewing the rare, little-known first-generation Equus to show you all the weird quirks and cool features of the unknown original Hyundai Equus.
Rather than designing the model to cost restraints, Hyundai engineers designed it to execution, meaning they were able to go all out in creating what they believe is a true luxury halo car.
Providing power to the rear wheels are the brand’s pair of successful powerplants – the Lambda 3.8L V-6 (290-hp/264 lb-ft) and Tau 4.6L V-8 (375-hp/333 lb-ft), with a rumored 5.0L Tau to come later during the production cycle.
Both employ variable valve timing, an all-aluminum construction and are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission for improved fuel economy.Step inside, and those aforementioned well-heeled 40- to 50-year old men will find heated and cooled seats, heated steering wheel, beverage chiller, full Bluetooth connectivity and the sedan’s interior centerpiece, a 17-speaker Lexicon sound system. On the dash, drivers get up to date vehicle statistics via a 3.5-in TFT-LCD display.