A new version of the Hyundai Equus luxury sedan is under development, and these spy photos suggest the car will continue to be based on Hyundai‘s smaller Genesis luxury model. The car was spotted testing with the BMW 7 Series, whereas prototypes for the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis routinely tested with the BMW 5 Series.
The Hyundai Equus should debut in 2016 or 2017. The original U.S.-market Hyundai Equus debuted at the 2010 New York auto show three years after the original Genesis sedan bowed in New York, so it stands to reason that the next-gen Equus would also arrive two to three years after the new Genesis. The all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis bowed at this year’s Detroit auto show, suggesting a 2016 or 2017 debut for the next generation Equus.
These spy photos show a Hyundai Genesis sedan that appears to ride on a longer wheelbase, as there’s a large piece of sheetmetal riveted behind the rear doors to stretch the body. That would give the new Hyundai Equus more rear legroom than a Genesis; the current 2015 Equus has a 119.9-inch wheelbase and offers 58.0 inches of rear legroom, compared to 118.5 and 35.0 inches, respectively, in the new 2015 Genesis.
The arrival of the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis provides several important hints as to other changes that could be in store for the Equus. As the larger model will almost certainly share its platform with the Genesis, except the new Equus to use a higher proportion of high-strength steels and aluminum to help keep weight in check. Hyundai also added all-wheel drive to the new Genesis to help the car’s sales in Snowbelt states, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see AWD offered on the new Equus for the same reason. Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz all offer all-wheel drive on their largest luxury sedans.
Given that this car is likely still two to three more years away from a public debut, we’ll have to wait some time to hear more about the next-generation Hyundai Equus.