2020 Hyundai Equus Images – 2020 Hyundai Equus
It’s the car that no one saw coming: Korea’s auto industry has continued dabbled in the affluence car market, but its entries were about defective in style, if not in substance. Like its admirable band of ancestors, from the Korea-only Hyundai Dynasty and Centennial to the contempo Hyundai Equus, the pre-facelift Genesis G90 represented affluence at its best traditional. But the new model, admitting it is about a big facelift, fundamentally changes this perception, acknowledging the ability of above design.
The architectonics team, led by Hyundai Group arch artist Luc Donckerwolke, had to assignment with the architectonics and accommodation of the antecedent G90, but they were able to change every console of the car, with the barring of the greenhouse and the doors.
And appropriately the G90 accustomed a beginning advanced end, with a new and ample signature grille, a different adaptation of the cloister headlights aboriginal apparent on the GV80 and Essentia abstraction cars, and LED about-face signals that amplitude about all the way to the advanced doors. The rear end has been aerial with super-thin accumbent taillights, and the G90 stands on 19-inch dish-type auto that attending a lot beyond than they absolutely are.
While the advanced grille is dominant, the G90 is refreshingly bare of those aggressive, pseudo-sporty lower air intakes and ancillary skirts that beautify some competitors. All of this contributes to a attending of cold, above and affected elegance.
With alone a few changes, the new address carries over into the cabin: The centermost area of the dashboard has been bankrupt up, and the autogenous impresses with bristles colours and four copse trims to baddest from. Our favourite was the absolutely dejected covering interior, complete with a microfiber amateur and accentuated by the brownish speakers by Lexicon, Harman’s flush sub-brand. The hifi arrangement is great, and that’s a acceptable affair because it operates in an ideal environment: The G90’s NVH (noise, beating and harshness) characteristics, according to Genesis, are above to every competitor, including the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
The four-spoke council caster serves as a auspicious breach from the affected sportiness of the competition’s three-spoke wheels, and we like the new centermost screen, which can now be acclimated as a blow awning – although we ambition it would accept confused a bit afterpiece to the driver. If we had a few wishes open, the autogenous architectonics would abundantly account from a frameless rearview mirror. The accepted gauges in advanced of the disciplinarian assume somewhat anachronous as well, and the apartment of the head-up affectation is not decidedly able-bodied integrated.
Genesis has added a deluge of new and added features, including added abetment systems and self-driving functions. They assignment appreciably able-bodied on the freeway and crave beneath disciplinarian action than a BMW 7-series or a Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Remarkably, the 22-way ability seats serve up recommendations for the ideal basement position, based on the driver’s abstracts entry. Yet the seats are defective a beating function.
In Korea, Genesis offers a continued adaptation of the G90 with an added 30 cm of rear legroom, but alike the accepted anatomy offers an acutely acceptable rear alcove with abounding legroom and affected touches like vanity mirrors and a aggregation of acclimation options. The roof-mounted “mood” ablaze is a Korean trademark.
Yet there is acumen to backbiting the chauffeur, if not absolute blaze him like in the acclaimed Porsche bartering of yore. The G90 comes with the best of either a twin-turbocharged 370-horsepower 3.3-liter V-6 or a artlessly aspirated 425-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8. Their best torque is about identical, but the commitment is unique: The V-6 serves up 510 Nm from 1300 rpm to 4500 rpm, while the V-8’s 520 nm are delivered at a aerial 5000 rpm. Both engines are akin to a bland but not awfully quick eight-speed automatic, and they are both accessible with rear-wheel drive or the Hyundai Group’s H-Trac all-wheel drive system.
The Lambda V-6 is the aforementioned assemblage that turns the abate G70 into a actual sports sedan, and it is by no agency busy on the G90. Yet we adopt the Tau V-8, not aloof because there is built-in amount in a large, artlessly aspirated engine: Its silky-smooth ability commitment and cottony complete is unsurpassed, and back pushed to the limit, it emits is a abroad but ever-so-delicious wail.
While the G90 builds acceleration effortlessly, it doesn’t animate the disciplinarian to hustle through corners with disproportionate haste. It is accessible to abet burke oversteer and “Sport” approach keeps anatomy cycle to a minimum, but the somewhat broken council and the arduous admeasurement of the G90 abash advancing driving.
It remains, afterwards all, a accurate affluence sedan. But through the ability of design, it now represents comfortable appearance at its best contemporary. Sized like a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a BMW 7-series, it doesn’t absolutely bout them in agreement of performance, but it is priced abutting to far beneath aggressive cars like the four-cylinder Volvo S90. Give Genesis one added iteration, and we doubtable they will accept bent up with the Germans – and larboard anybody abroad behind.
Photos: Genesis / James Lipman