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MT Poll: Should the Hyundai Equus Be Offered in Long-Wheelbase Form?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/7/2013 Jason Udy

During the last decade, Hyundai has moved its vehicles upmarket and entered rear-drive sports car and premium sedan segments. At the Seoul auto show last week, the Korean automaker showed an extended-length Equus sedan customized by Hermes of Paris, and after seeing the refreshed 2014 Equus, we’re wondering if Hyundai should consider offering a long-wheelbase version to really get the attention of American flagship luxury sedan buyers.

Currently, the Equus rides on a 119.9-inch wheelbase and measures 203.1 inches overall; dimensions that put it on par with the standard-wheelbase versions of its European bogies, such as the Audi A8 (117.8/202.2), BMW 7 Series (120.9/199.8), Jaguar XJ (119.4/201.9), and Mercedes-Benz S-Class (124.6/206.5 – S-Class is LWB-only in the U.S.). Each of the European models offers a long-wheelbase version that averages just over 5 inches more wheelbase and overall length. MotorTrend Image© Provided by MotorTrend MotorTrend Image

Although Hyundai didn’t share the dimensions of the extended-length Equus by Hermes, that car appeared to have a stretch around the B-pillar – like a small limousine. Hyundai says the Equus is a strong seller in South Korea, where the new President Park Geun Hye chose the Equus to ride to her inauguration last month.

Should Hyundai offer the Equus in long-wheelbase form for the U.S. market? Vote in our poll and share your thoughts below.

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