The Hyundai Equus is known as the Centennial in other markets, and in three official videos, the automaker previews the refreshed luxury sedan in detail. In advance of the 2014 Hyundai Equus’ debut at the New York auto show, these videos give us a much better idea of what to expect.
How much the U.S.-spec 2014 Hyundai Equus will share with the Centennial sedan in the videos remains to be seen, but we’re guessing many of the features shown will be offered, starting with the adaptive LED headlights. The revised front grille with vertical chrome slats is likely to head our way, though don’t count on that hood ornament. At least on the Centennial, Hyundai shows what it calls a “card-type smart key,” a unique detail that could help distinguish the Equus from far more expensive competitors.
The revised gear shift lever reminds us of that in the BMW 7 Series. Like that car, the Equus will probably continue to use an eight-speed automatic transmission. Interestingly, one video points out the Hyundai’s 3.8-liter V-6 engine. The 3.8-liter V-6 in the 2013 Genesis sedan is good for 333 hp and 291 lb-ft, and since the Equus is a value-oriented full-size luxury sedan alternative, don’t count out a 2014 Equus V-6 in the U.S.
If the 2014 Hyundai Equus has the same interior upgrades as in the revised Centennial, it’s inside where the biggest changes appear to have been made. A 9.2-inch screen better fills the dash, which has a revised layout of buttons and a different analogue clock than on the pre-refresh car. The fully digital instrument cluster display is an eye-catching upgrade, and the rear entertainment system on the Centennial now has one screen for each rear-seat passenger. Another official Hyundai Centennial video shows a blind spot monitoring system, a head-up display, and a multi-camera Around View Monitoring system.
It’s still unclear how many updates on this Centennial will appear on the revised 2014 Hyundai Equus, but it won’t be long before we find out.
Source: Hyundai via YouTube