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Hyundai introduced the redesigned 2014 Hyundai Equus premium luxury sedan at the 2013 New York Auto Show with enhancements to exterior and interior design, vehicle dynamics, material selection and tech. Hyundai cites big names like S-Class, 7-Series, A8, LS and XJ as the Equus’ rivals, so this has to be something special.

Exterior changes include new 19-inch turbine-blade alloys, slimmer chrome bars on the front grille, rearranged elements on the face, less chrome, new headlamps, LED fog lamps and redesigned wing mirrors, among other things.

Inside, the 2014 Equus gets a new instrument panel and centre stack, redesigned with more premium materials and an “ergonomically-correct layout” with new button iconography for quicker/easier feature recognition. The Ultimate variant shown here gets a large 12.3-inch TFT LCD centre cluster display.

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Similarly, rear passengers will enjoy a new rear console and button layout, with available dual 9.2-inch adjustable seatback video screens. Those at the back can even search restaurant locations and provide navigation system directions directly to the driver’s navigation screen. Like a boss.

ICE is courtesy of a Lexicon audio system featuring Logic 7 tech. This surround sound system includes a 13-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing 598 watts of power in 7.1 discrete surround sound audio. There’s also digital HD Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio and iPod/USB integration.

In the driving department, Normal and Sport modes are now more differentiated thanks to recalibration of the air suspension. The front suspension bushings were also revised, and there’s a new Snow mode for both safety and ease of control in challenging road conditions.

The rear-wheel drive Equus is powered by a 5.0 litre Tau V8 engine – with 429 hp and 510 Nm, Hyundai says that the Tau has higher specific output (85.8 hp/litre) than its normally-aspirated limo competitors. The direct injection, Dual CVVT equipped V8 is paired to a Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic with Shiftronic.