2013 Hyundai Equus facelift revealed

2013 Hyundai Equus facelift 07.12.2012
2013 Hyundai Equus facelift 07.12.2012

Features revised styling and an updated interior

Hyundai has unveiled the facelifted Equus in South Korea.

Designed to be more refined than its predecessor, the updated model features a revised grille, restyled headlights and updated alloy wheels. Out back, the changes are less noticeable but include updated LED taillights and less chrome trim.

The cabin also becomes more stylish as it adopts double-stitched leather seats, a revised steering wheel and additional wood trim. There's also a digital instrument cluster, an updated infotainment system and a new analog clock which is flanked by revised switchgear. New options include a Blind Spot Detection system and a head-up display that shows navigation and speed information on the windshield.

Under the hood, two engines are available. The 3.8-liter GDi V6 produces 334 HP (246 kW) and 395 Nm (291 lb-ft) of torque, while the 5.0-liter Tau V8 churns out 416 HP (306 kW) and 510 Nm (376 lb-ft) of torque.

The facelifted Equus is currently on sale in South Korea and will likely be launched in international markets in the coming months.

Source: Hyundai

Hyundai Launches Equus Facelift in Korea

  • New Equus has a more refined look, applies upgraded features
  • Equus, Hyundai’s flagship luxury sedan, enhances entire brand image

Dec. 07, 2012 - Hyundai Motor Company officially launched the facelifted Equus in the Korean market. To stand out from the competitive luxury segment worldwide, Hyundai’s top flagship sedan is back with upgraded styling and features.

The Equus, badged as Centennial in some markets, debuted in 1999, while the second generation came along a decade later, in 2009. The facelifted Equus fully reflects the feedback from its target customers, a class of busy leaders that need to be conscious about their social status while still requiring practical space and features. Various aspects of the first generation Equus, including design, performance and convenience features, were improved upon.

The new Equus boasts a more refined and modern look with less chrome on the front bumper, as well as redesigned wheels and LED rear combination lamps. In line with its exterior, the interior design also exudes a dignified look and feel in every detail, including the redesigned premium clock in the middle of the center fascia and double-stitched leather seats. Meanwhile, Equus maintains the exterior dimensions of the previous version.

In particular, the Equus facelift aims to offer maximum satisfaction to rear seat passengers, with fine-tuned suspension that ensures more riding comfort and balance on bumpy road conditions.

Drivers and passengers alike can enjoy a variety of newly applied advanced convenience and safety features such as the Head-Up Display (HUD), which projects speed and navigation information on the windshield so drivers can keep their eyes on the road. Blind Spot Detection (BSD), which detects and alerts drivers of vehicles and other objects in blind spots, also ensures safer driving. Haptic steering, an all-around view monitor, a full TFT-LCD cluster and improved smart cruise control are also featured in the new Equus.

The second generation Equus has played a central role in changing customers’ perception of the Hyundai brand with its perfect blend of style and performance. The Equus won many awards and accolades including the J.D. Power and Associates’ 2011 APEAL award. Its Tau V8 engine was among Ward’s 10 Best Engines for three consecutive years since 2009.

Equus, a symbol of success and prestige in Korea, is also showing promising sales performance in China, the U.S. and the Middle East. The facelifted Equus is expected to further elevate Hyundai’s entire brand image worldwide.

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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
The little fat kid with the bad haircut`s state limo?
Mar 13th, 2013 1:26pm
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majorsja majorsja
Dec 10th, 2012 9:36pm
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ertahaz_hossain ertahaz_hossain
Hyundai should really start a premium brand. I mean this is some serious $#!t coming from the Koreans! Start a premium brand, make this the S/7/A8/LS competitors and the Genesis as the E/5/A6/GS fighter, that should be among their main plans now!
Dec 9th, 2012 11:44pm
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majorsja majorsja
I agree
Dec 10th, 2012 9:36pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
Looks like a well built quality luxury car if you can look beyond the badge. Despite the copying from various cars - S Class headlamp DRLs, seat adjustment buttons and centre console clock, Lexus RX triple lamp headlight projectors & LS460 tailpipe trim, Lincoln grille, BMW joystick gear shifter, shark fin antenna, centre console and tail lamp design, Kia Optima-esque rear-hindquarters, Lorinser style wheels, Nissan-style satnav screen area, Range Rover style TFT dials, Audi MMI knob, Bentley Mulsanne style rear side profile & bonnet mascot. A mix of everything then.
Dec 9th, 2012 11:27pm
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majorsja majorsja
Those cars you have listed always copy off each other, Hyundai is just simpling joining the club.
Dec 10th, 2012 9:37pm
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nahidrahman nahidrahman
yeah ofcourse, I'm aware of that. once i spotted a few details that were copied, i just tried to find as many more as i could ;p (to name one example the Lexus LS always copies the S Class of the same generation!)
Dec 11th, 2012 10:58am
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
What i'm saying has nothing to do with the buyers of various brand. It's all about Hyundai. They recently upp'ed their game and pretend they are some sort of VW competitor. But with actions like this, what are treir true colours?! What? the pompous rich farts only buy something that resembles a merc, or rich wannabes?!
Dec 9th, 2012 7:31pm
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Freddy-YS Freddy-YS
True, some resemblance to the current S-class, and I also so a bit of Lexus LS in the front headlight design...
Dec 9th, 2012 5:36pm
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carbonblack carbonblack
Opinion is like an asshole, everybody's got one...And Hyunday is laughing all the way to the bank counting the billions it is making. HEHEHEHE!!!!!
Dec 9th, 2012 5:57am
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my550benz my550benz
Guys, the Japanese and Koreans have been copying the German styling for years, do you actuallly think it is going to stop ??? As mentioned, anyone that drives a BMW or a Mercedes could care less about Hyundai......
Dec 9th, 2012 5:37am
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SnakesInMyPants SnakesInMyPants
Once the new S class comes out, Hyundai should just take whatever unsold S classes that are left and rebadge them as Hyundais. It's not like people would be able to tell the difference.
Dec 9th, 2012 2:32am
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gooniz gooniz
too much hating on this blog. relax people. people who purchase BMW and mercedes will never ever purchase this car. it is simply made for people who cant afford (S550) or (740) and want to feel special about themselfs. when Lexus started making luxury sedans evey one was making fun of them and now they are on top of the car chain. best wishes to hyundai.
Dec 8th, 2012 9:42pm
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Its not hate, its disgust that comes from photocopied design. It pisses me off to see copies within the same brand, much more when it is pure "theft".
Dec 10th, 2012 7:30am
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TomitaBogdan TomitaBogdan
Really Hyundai?! REALLY!? This screams S-class copy in every detail. what is this crap?! wehere is the hyundai fascia design you\ve implemented on the other models.
Dec 8th, 2012 8:49pm
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cargogh cargogh
I see Buicks are selling well in Seoul.
Dec 8th, 2012 7:57pm
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autoficianado autoficianado
Ughhhh this looks more Frankensteinian than ever...A Lincoln grill, a shape copied from the MB E class and a Dodge Charger side view including rear fender haunches. If you wanted to make it less attractive you have succeeded.
Dec 8th, 2012 3:47pm
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BeezleBub BeezleBub
Another new Hyundai, another ripped off european design.
Dec 8th, 2012 3:30pm
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PaganiC9_pl0x PaganiC9_pl0x
S class much
Dec 8th, 2012 1:24pm
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MasterA MasterA
And what's with the Lincoln grill?
Dec 8th, 2012 10:18am
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ertahaz_hossain ertahaz_hossain
Haha! I was gonna say same thing! But it actually looks better on the Equus than the Lincolns, in my opinion.
Dec 8th, 2012 11:49am
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Well they couldn't steal everything from one brand.
Dec 10th, 2012 7:27am
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SorryMyBadEnglish SorryMyBadEnglish
Middle class people can now have Mercedes-Benz design half the price? Price it 35-45.000 euros and i buy one ***½
Dec 8th, 2012 6:42am
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Nice car with a not good looking BMW gear shifter.
Dec 8th, 2012 4:25am
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CatMayfair CatMayfair
Refining to look like Mercedes Benz with fake Lorinser rims. Who are you fooling???
Dec 8th, 2012 1:45am
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FilipeAlves FilipeAlves
Dec 8th, 2012 12:33am
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NYyanks NYyanks
Hyundai has done it again, very well done.
Dec 8th, 2012 12:16am
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