The Equus, is Hyundai’s sedan flagship vehicle that pushed the automaker into a luxury segment that had never been occupied by them before. It is avery powerful and plush sedan. The Equus puts the Hyundai brand in the luxury big leagues with its features and design alike. It takes the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS and BMW 7-Series at a significant $10K smaller price tag. This is by large, the same path Toyota, Honda and Nissan took with their luxury sedans a few decades ago. The Equss will change its name in 2017, when it becomes folded into fledging Genesis luxury sub-brand. It will be called the G90. However, the Equus might as well been a sub-brand of its own. It’s design, compared to the rest of the Hyundai’s fleet, goes in a completely different direction. Its interior is very well-designed and roomy. The shorter wheelbase version available in the US isn’t right for chauffer duty, but adults have plenty space. In South Korea, the Equus is a common limo vehicle and it’s easy to understand why. The right seat includes massage functions and an extending footrest. When in the driver’s seat, the Equus feels more like a big, classic American sedan. The original 4.6 liter V8 that came with early Equus made 385hp connected to an 8-Speed automatic transmission that aided strong acceleration. Handling then may have not been as competitive with a floaty suspension that had a tendency to squat and dive under acceleration and braking. However, it provided a smooth ride for passengers. To really set a difference in ownership experience from that of those who purchased Elantra or Accent, Hyundai includes what it calls “Ultimate custumer Service” that comes with the highest trim model. The dealer will pick up the car from the owners home or office and will supply a loaner car while they service the Equus. When the model launched, each buyer received an iPad carrying the full owner’s manual and the instructions for the in-car tech. You can find in the Equus many of the comfort and safety features you find on other luxury models: adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera system, plush leather upholstery, ventilated seats and an impressive navigation system. Mostly unchanged, The Equus carried over into its 2015 year model. Next to the Genesis in Hyundai dealerships offers new luxury items. Longer than the Genesis, it offers other advantages to keep it viable. Kia has its own Equus-size sedan in the k9, which uses the Equus wheelbase with a lot of last-generation Genesis parts for a sportier look. For the Equus 2016 is the addition of the hands-free trunk opener. It is not sold much in the US, but for those that select it, The Equus is seeing as bargain.