By David Undercoffler
6:58 PM PDT, March 27, 2013
You may not know that Hyundai sells a $60,000 full-size luxury car, but there are about 7,200 people who do.
That’s how many Equus sedans Hyundai has sold in the U.S. since it debuted in 2010. To put that into perspective, Lexus sold more of its full-size LS sedans in 2012 alone.
Looking to juice its sales of the Equus, Hyundai on Wednesday announced a midlife refresh of the car at the 2013 New York Auto Show.
The biggest changes to the car are to the interior. Hyundai gave the center stack a much-needed redesign that’s more worthy of the stratosphere the Equus is trying to operate in. The instrument panel also gets upgraded; on the base models it now features a 7-inch LCD screen, while the premium Ultimate models get a fully digital 12.3-inch display.
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Other interior changes include upgrades to the wood trim, steering wheel design and rear-seat controls. Hyundai says the standard adaptive cruise control system has been updated to allow the car to come to a full stop with the system still engaged.
Meanwhile, exterior changes are limited to a new style of 19-inch wheel, updated bumper and grille, and LED foglights.
Hyundai also made minor changes to the Equus’ air suspension for crisper handling. A "snow" setting has been added to the car’s drive mode options, while the "sport" setting has been tightened up.
The drivetrain on the 2014 Equus remains the same. A 5.0-liter V-8 makes 429 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque. This power is pushed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Hyundai didn’t announce pricing on the 2014 Equus, but don’t expect any big changes. The current model starts at $60,170 including destination charge. A fully loaded Equus Ultimate tops out at $67,170.
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