2011 Hyundai Equus

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Hyundai's new flagship luxury sedan, the Equus was introduced in North America for the 2011 model year (though it has been available in Korea since 1999). The full-size Equus shares a platform with the Hyundai Genesis, but is 7.2 inches longer, allowing for more interior space. Hyundai has positioned the Equus to compete with other full-size luxury sedans, including the Infiniti M56, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and S-Class, and the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series.

The rear-wheel-drive Equus is available in two trim levels: Signature and Ultimate. The Equus Signature features 19-inch wheels, adjustable air suspension, sliding and tilting glass sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, adaptive bi-Xenon headlights, remote keyless entry, leather upholstery, heated and cooled power front seats, Alcantara headliner, voice-activated navigation system, Bluetooth connectivity, 17-speaker surround sound system, and an Apple iPad. The rear features heated and reclining bench seating, and sound and climate controls. The Equus Ultimate trim adds a center console, refrigerator, power trunk lid, cornering camera, and more rear-seat controls. Designed as an executive sedan, the Ultimate model accommodates only four people-two in the front, and two in the rear bucket seats. The rear passenger-side chair features massage and recline functions. The trunk of the Equus provides 16.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

The standard power plant on the 2011 Hyundai Equus is a 385-horsepower, 4.6-liter V-8 engine, coupeed with a 6-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 16 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.

Standard safety features on the 2011 Hyundai Equus include anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, seat belt pre-tensioners, front and rear side air bags, side curtain air bags, driver's knee air bags, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera, an ignition disabling device, and an intrusion-detection system.

Starting MSRP for the 2011 Hyundai Equus ranges from $58,000 to $64,500.


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  • Name Signature (4dr Sdn *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 58000.00 Engine 4.6L/282 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
  • Name Ultimate (4dr Sdn *Ltd Avail*) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 64500.00 Engine 4.6L/282 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
  • Name Signature (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 58000.00 Engine 4.6L/282 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
  • Name Ultimate (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 64500.00 Engine 4.6L/282 City/Hwy MPG 16/24
  • Heated/cooled pwr front bucket seats -inc: 12-way pwr driver, 10-way pwr front passenger seat, driver lumbar adjustment, electronic active front head restraints w/pwr controls, driver seat massage system, driver seat memory
  • 60/40 pwr reclining heated rear seats
  • Premium leather seating surfaces
  • Front door map pockets w/tilt-out feature
  • Rear center armrest w/dual cupholders & control console
  • Illuminated scuff plates
  • Premium front/rear floor mats
  • Heated wood-trimmed/leather-wrapped pwr tilt/telescopic steering wheel -inc: memory, audio controls, cruise controls, trip/display vehicle info controls, Bluetooth controls
  • Instrumentation -inc: speedometer, tachometer, coolant temp, fuel level, odometer, trip odometer, electroluminescent display
  • Indicators -inc: PRND, cruise control, turn signal/hazard, high beam, vehicle stability management system, electronic stability control, traction control system, tire pressure monitoring system
  • Warning lights -inc: oil pressure, battery, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, low fuel, trunk lid open, brake, check engine, ABS
  • Warning chimes -inc: key-in-car w/door ajar, seatbelt
  • Electroluminescent cluster w/3.5" TFT LCD screen
  • Smart cruise control
  • Pwr windows w/auto-down/up
  • Proximity key entry w/push-button start
  • (2) proximity fobs
  • Anti-theft engine immobilizer
  • Remote keyless entry w/anti-theft system
  • Trip computer -inc: average fuel economy, average speed, range to empty, trip timer, trip distance
  • Dual auto temp control w/air quality system -inc: rear seat temp controls, rear seat heat ducts
  • Auto defogging windshield w/humidity sensor
  • Electronic rear window defroster w/timer
  • (3) 12V pwr outlets
  • Leather-wrapped dash
  • Real wood interior trim
  • Illuminated interior door handles & armrests
  • Electrochromic auto-dimming rearview mirror -inc: HomeLink, compass
  • (4) assist grips
  • (2) rear coat hangers
  • Illuminated driver/front passenger visor vanity mirrors w/visor extension
  • Lighting -inc: front map lights, rear reading lights, glove compartment light, cargo area light, ashtray light, illuminated push-button start, rear seat footwell light
  • Pwr rear/side-window sunshades
  • Alcantara suede headliner
  • Leather wrapped shift knob w/woodgrain insert
  • Premium trunk cargo mat
  • Luggage net
  • Energy absorbing steering column
  • 50/50 pwr reclining heated/cooled split rear seats -inc: first-class seat w/leg support & massage system, rear seat pwr up/down head restraints w/manual tilt
  • Fixed rear center console storage
  • Forward-view cornering camera
  • Pwr trunk lid
  • Rear seat illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Thermoelectric rear console refrigerator
  • 19 x 8.0 front & 19 x 9.0 rear 9-spoke chrome alloy wheels
  • P245/45R19 front & P275/40R19 rear tires
  • 18" alloy wheel w/T155/80R18 temporary spare tire
  • Pwr tilt & slide glass sunroof
  • Roof sun shield
  • Body color bumpers w/chrome insert molding
  • Chrome window belt moldings
  • Chrome bodyside moldings
  • Body color rocker panel sill
  • Chrome accent grille
  • Auto on/off HID headlights w/LED turn signal indicators -inc: adaptive front lighting system (AFLS) w/auto-leveling, LED position lamps
  • Fog lights
  • Center high mount LED stop lamp
  • Dual pwr-folding heated auto-dimming side mirrors w/memory -inc: turn signal indicators & approach lamps
  • Acoustic laminated windshield & front/rear side windows
  • Solar control tinted glass
  • Variable speed intermittent/speed sensitive/rain-sensing wipers
  • Windshield wiper de-icer
  • Chrome insert door handles
  • 4.6L DOHC MPFI 32-valve Tau V8 engine
  • ZF 6-speed automatic transmission w/SHIFTRONIC -inc: lock-up torque converter
  • Rear wheel drive
  • 180-amp alternator
  • 100-amp/hr battery
  • Electronically controlled air suspension -inc: continuous damping control (CDC), front/rear stabilizer bar
  • Electro-hydraulic pwr steering (EHPS)
  • 4-wheel ventilated disc brakes
  • Electronic parking brake w/auto vehicle hold
  • Dual asymmetrical exhaust tips
    • Electronic stability control (ESC) w/traction control (TCS) & brake assist
    • Vehicle stability management system (VSM) w/pre-collision warning
    • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
    • Shift interlock system
    • Front & rear crumple zones
    • 5-MPH bumpers
    • Hood buckling creases & safety stops
    • Bodyside reinforcements
    • Daytime running lights
    • Advanced dual front airbags
    • Front passenger airbag on/off switch
    • Front/rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags
    • Front/rear roof mounted side-curtain airbags
    • Driver knee airbag
    • Front/rear parking assistance system w/rearview camera
    • Electronic front seatbelt pretensioners & force limiters
    • Lower anchors & upper tether anchors (LATCH)
    • Tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
    • Lane-departure warning system (LDWS)
    • First-aid kit (PIO)
    • Rear door child safety locks
    • Emergency trunk release
    • Lexicon 7.1 discrete surround-sound audio system -inc: AM/FM/HD Radio/XM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, (17) speakers, iPod/USB/MP3 aux input jacks, iPod connection cable, speed sensing volume control
    • Navigation system -inc: 8" display, driver information system (DIS), multimedia controller
    • Bluetooth hands-free phone system
    • Lexicon 7.1 discrete surround-sound audio system -inc: AM/FM/HD Radio/XM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD/DVD changer, (17) speakers, iPod/USB/MP3 aux input jacks, iPod connection cable, speed sensing volume control, rear seat audio controls
    • Rear seat entertainment system w/8" monitor

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