Shown for the first time in New York, the 2014 Hyundai Equus receives a series of focused revamps aimed at making it even more attractive to buyers in the market for a premium luxury 4-door. The subtle exterior changes are highlighted by a revamped front fascia that dispenses with several brightwork elements and now houses more elegantly rendered grille bars flanked by redesigned headlamps and new standard LED fog lamps. Other changes include new 19-inch turbine-blade alloy wheels, more aerodynamically contoured side mirrors and new LED taillamps.
The 2014 recasting is far more apparent inside, where a major makeover brings an all-new dash with upgraded instrument cluster as well as a remade center stack that features larger and more legible TFT-style displays. In addition to more user-friendly control layouts, leather and wood trim elements have been upgraded on both the Signature and Ultimate models, and both now feature tri-zone automatic climate control systems. Rear-seat passengers in Ultimate-spec cars also will have it better for 2014, thanks to a multifunction multimedia package that includes dual 9.2-inch high-res display screens and outboard perches that feature power lumbar support.
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One other highlight of the 2014 Equus mix is Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system with Assurance Connected Care, a three-year complimentary services suite that provides critical safety and ownership assistance features. This new Connected Care feature will become standard issue on all Hyundai vehicles equipped with Blue Link sold after May 16, and includes three years of no-charge and fully transferrable service.
While the 2014 Hyundai Equus will continue to use the existing 429-horsepower/5.0-liter Tau V8 to drive the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, the chassis has been revamped to make it more rewarding to actually use that power. For starters, all-new calibration of the air suspension system and new front bushings will add greater confidence and control to the basic mix. The Normal and Sport modes also have been remapped to create a greater degree of differentiation, and they're joined by a new Snow mode.
Safety features also have been enhanced for 2014, as Blind Spot detection and rear cross traffic alert have become standard on both Equus models, and the range of the smart cruise control expands to full 0-mph status for better functionality in stop-an-go traffic. The Ultimate also adds a new head-up display as well as a full 360-degree multiview camera.
The 2014 Hyundai Equus will go on sale later this year. Pricing will be announced closer to its actual arrival time.
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