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Tony O'Kane | Dec, 10 2015 | 0 Comments

Just a month after announcing the impending roll-out of six new models under its newly-minted Genesis luxury sub-brand, Hyundai has revealed the Korean-market EQ900 - or as the rest of the world will know it, the Genesis G90.

It's Korea's answer to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, and will sit above the current Hyundai Genesis (which will be renamed the Genesis G80) as the brand's super long-wheelbase luxury sedan.

And long it will be. At 5205mm in length and sitting atop a 3160mm wheelbase, the G90 is just a smidge shorter than Benz's LWB version of the S-Class. Width comes in at 1915mm, and it 'stands' 1495mm tall.

Under the bonnet will be Hyundai's familiar 231kW/397Nm 3.8-litre direct-injection V6 and 312kW/520Nm 5.0 litre "Tau" V8, both of which currently see service in the soon-to-be-renamed G80.

A new addition, however, is a twin-turbo 272kW/510Nm 3.3 litre petrol V6, the G90 being the first application for this engine. At full pelt, it will take the 2.4-tonne G90 to 100km/h in 6.2 seconds - just half a second slower than the V8.

All G90 models take power to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic, with an AWD driveline optional in some markets. Suspension is multi-link at both front and rear, and electronically adjustable adaptive suspension will be offered.

Inside the G90 will be a bevy of luxe features, with individual rear seats separated by a full-length centre console containing controls for the tri-zone climate control, powered 14-way adjustable rear seats and rear infotainment screens.

A high-end Lexicon surround sound system pipes tunes, wireless charging pads keep devices juiced up, retractable shades keep prying eyes away from the rear seats and the wood trim is real and polished to a high gloss.

Hyundai also claims that cabin quietness is "best in class" thanks to extensive efforts in reducing noise, vibration and harshness.

But alas, it's unlikely to be offered in Australia. While theHyundai Australia has confirmed the current Genesis will be renamed G80 and continue to be sold here, its bigger brother is likely to be restricted to left-hand drive markets like the USA, Russia, Middle East and China.

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