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Hyundai has introduced the Genesis EQ900L limo for its domestic South Korean market. The ‘L’ in the name marks the length extension given to the EQ900 – the Equus replacement which is Hyundai’s flagship luxury sedan, the new Genesis brand’s flag bearer, and South Korea’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7 Series and Audi A8.

The EQ900 – also known as the Genesis G90 in the US – is already a very large car, measuring 5,205 mm long and 1,915 mm wide, with a wheelbase of 3,160 mm. The EQ900L has been stretched at the B pillars and rear doors, giving chaebol bosses at the back extra legroom to lounge in.

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It’s 290 mm longer than the standard car (5,495 mm), which makes the EQ900L 42 mm longer than the X222 Mercedes-Maybach. All of the L’s extra length goes into the wheelbase, which is now 3,450 mm long, 85 mm longer than the S-Class-based Maybach.

The standard EQ900 already has the option of a full-length centre console, and this is the chosen layout for the L. The two individual rear seats have four way adjustable ottomans for business class-style seating on the road, plus one-touch adjustment for a couple of preset seat positions, airplane-style.

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A large cluster of switches between the seats control the entertainment system, which front seat-mounted screens must feel very far away. The expanded B pillars fit in extra mood lighting, map pockets and air vents, which are also located behind the front armrests. The black semi-aniline leather and dark wood theme is very business-like.

While the EQ900 can be had with a variety of engines – 3.8 GDi V6 (315 PS), 3.3T-GDi V6 (370 PS) and 5.0 GDi V8 – the EQ900L is exclusively available with the big V8, which makes 425 PS and is paired to all-wheel drive. Besides the obvious stretch in the middle, the L is further distinguished by unique 19-inch wheels and chrome-plated wing mirror stalks.

The Genesis EQ900L is priced at 150.2 million won (RM522,859), which is significantly pricier than the 114.9 million won (RM400,079) asked for the standard EQ900 with the same drivetrain.

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