Hyundai Genesis EQ900L limo set to take on Maybach, S-Class, A8L
The Genesis brand has only been around for a couple of months, but it’s already taking aim at the Mercedes-Maybach, at least in its home market. Hyundai’s luxury spinoff unveiled the EQ900L, a stretched version of the Genesis G90.
Genesis went with a retro solution and added a windowless section at the B-pillar to buy the rear seat passengers a little extra legroom — essentially the same way BMW stretched the E38-generation 7-Series to create the L7 personal luxury sedan. Genesis added a few inches to the rear doors as well, with the sedan growing in length by 11.4 inches. The EQ900L boasts a 1.6-inch advantage over the Mercedes-Maybach S600 in overall length, probably a design goal from the outset.
On the inside the EQ900L features reclining rear seats, a high center console running front to rear and footrests for the rear-seat passengers. Wood veneers and special leathers add a touch of comfort, while the B-pillar section houses extra pockets and lights. The backs of the front seats feature relatively small infotainment screens, while the rear center console houses controls for the screens and seat articulation.
The revised interior features reclining rear seats and a center console, but not an interior partition.
But the Genesis limo is not equipped with a partition: it would have robbed the passengers of extra legroom, which is the whole point of these cars. Also, it’s easier to yell at the driver.
The EQ900L will keep the beefy 5.0-liter V8, good for 425 hp, but don’t expect these at Hyundai dealerships anytime soon. For now, the company plans to offer the EQ900L only in markets where there is actual demand for this sort of layout. With a price of around $125,000, it should be popular back in Korea.
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