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Hyundai Equus Spied Testing on Stretched Genesis Platform

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/11/2014 Karla Sanchez

Hyundai worked its magic on the new and improved 2015 Genesis sedan, and now it looks like it's trying to do the same on the next-gen Equus. Spy photographers snapped photos of the flagship sedan testing out in the desert, looking like a 2015 Genesis with more junk in the trunk.

The current Equus launched in late 2010, which is ages ago in car years. To solve that problem, Hyundai is switching to the 2015 Genesis' new architecture. The dead giveaway that this Equus mule is sitting on a stretched version of the Genesis platform is the thick band of sheetmetal riveted just in front of the rear wheel, which continues upward around the rear quarter window before tapering off into the roofline. The updated platform should help the Equus better compete in its segment, since rivals like Mercedes-Benz have stepped up their flagship game. 2017 Hyundai Equus Mule Spied Rear Quarter Panel Up Close© Provided by MotorTrend 2017 Hyundai Equus Mule Spied Rear Quarter Panel Up Close

Since it's still in the early stages of testing, the mule hasn't undergone any major styling changes, though we can expect it to boast the automaker’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language that first debuted on the 2015 Genesis sedan. We can also expect it to boast even more luxurious features, especially now that it needs to compete with the new S-Class and its active perfuming system. It's too early to speculate what will be under the hood, though the current Equus comes with a 429-hp 5.0-liter V-8 mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.The next-gen Equus is expected to debut as a 2017 model sometime in 2016.

Photo Source: KGP Photography

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