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Photographs of the new Genesis G90 have been making several appearances on various social media sites ahead of the model’s Korean debut set for December 9 (2015). The flagship limousine photographed here is the first model to come from the recently established Hyundai sub-brand, and will replace the Equus at the helm of the Hyundai Motor Company’s entire line-up.

While the majority of the world will know the car as the G90, in its native Korea, the limousine will be badged as the EQ900. If you look closely at the rear end of the vehicles here, you can spot its EQ900 badging.

Elsewhere, the car looks very similar to the design sketches that Genesis revealed some weeks ago. The signature hexagonal front grille, elaborately-designed LED headlamps, multi-spoke “spinning” wheels and distinctly elongated body shape amongst other key items are all accounted for in these images.

The photos also depict the production G90 to appear as massive as its official figures suggest. Previously, Hyundai revealed that the flagship sedan has a 3,106 mm-long wheelbase, while the overall body measures 5,205 mm long, 1,915 mm wide and 1,495 mm tall. A long-wheelbase model has also been confirmed, increasing the G90’s overall length to 5,495 mm and its wheelbase to 3,450 mm.

The numbers confirm that the G90 is larger than the W222 Mercedes-Benz S-Class — even the G90 LWB trumps the Benz V222 long-wheelbase “Sonderklasse.” It’s no secret that the Hyundai sub-brand is out to steal a few customers from the German trio of brands that make the Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8.

But to cause any sort of threat to German hotshot limousines, the G90 will have to offer a certain level of luxury and performance (among other elements) that many perceive Korean models typically lack. That said, Hyundai has maintained an air of expected confidence when describing its new Genesis brand’s offerings.

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When design sketches of the G90 first appeared, Woong-Chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai Motor, said, “the Genesis G90 will deliver a concept of ‘New Luxury’ to our customers. The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centred values to give our customer true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience.”

For power, it has been rumoured that the G90 will offer three engine options — a 334 PS 3.8 litre V8 GDI, a 370 PS 3.3 litre V6 twin-turbo, and a 425 PS 5.0 litre V8. An eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission will be available for each of these engines, sending power to the rear wheels. An all-wheel drive system is also said to be on the cards.

As mentioned, the Genesis EQ900 will make its market debut in Korea next month, while other markets will have to wait a little longer into 2016 before seeing G90-badged versions of the car become available.

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