2011 Hyundai Equus revealed in NY, packs Apple iPad instead of manual | Rpmgo.com

While the announcements of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata, in all its forms, normal, Turbo and Hybrid, have certainly pleased many Hyundai fans, those with a taste for luxury were eagerly awaiting this week, at the 2010 New York Auto Show, the announcement of the US-spec 2011 Hyundai Equus luxury saloon.

Those of you who remember last year’s NY Show, know that the Equus was presented at that time in global market form. Now, after a few alterations, the US-spec version is ready to hit dealerships this fall. What was changed? Well, first off the Rolls-Royce-like emblem on the hood was replaced with a regular logo, while the grille received a new treatment. The rest of the styling is almost unchanged, and many Mercedes-Benz or Lexus fans won’t find anything to complain about it.

Under the bonnet you’ll find the same 4.6-liter Tau V8 engine as in the Genesis sedan, which will output a respectable 385 HP. Besides the adequate amounts of power and the attractive styling, you can be sure that Hyundai is throwing all sorts of luxury features and systems onto the new sedan. Besides them, in a rather novel way, the South Korean company promises that it will supply instead of an owner’s manual a “multimedia tablet”, in order to contain the manual and to make getting in touch with the dealership or company representatives that much easier. No word on just what that tablet might be, but a safe bet is the upcoming Apple iPad.

While some of you may snub Hyundai because it isn’t a part of the luxury carmaker group, the mid-$50,000 base price of the Equus will certainly make you change your mind about the South Korean premium sedan.

Source: Hyundai

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