Ever since Hyundai decided to spin-off the luxury arm - Genesis from its portfolio and present it as a different sub-brand, people are looking upto what they present next. Reason being, Genesis pitched itself against Mercedes and likes in terms of luxury, yet with reasonable pricing. And the latest variant to compete directly against the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the EQ900L.
Quitly introduced in South Korea, the EQ900L is essentially the long wheelbase version of the recently launched EQ900 or G90, as it is known in many regions. The long wheelbase version carries the same design from the EQ900, albeit with an extended length and thick B-Pillar. The elongation results in increase of length by 11.4 inches, which is 1.6 inches longer than the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.
Meant for the rear passengers, the extra length frees up a lot of leg room and hence a lot of goodies are added for the people sitting in the back. An assortment of high-end tech stuff is added to increase the comfort and riding pleasure of the passengers. Some of the noted features include a rear seat entertainment system, a full length centre console separating the rear seats which are adjustable and gets power footrests.
Then there's premium leather upholstery, wood trim and piano black accents to enhance the cabin experience. Power to the machine will be delivered by the same engine that does its duties on the regular EQ900. The 5.0-litre Tau V8 engine is capable of producing 425 horses and 520 Nm of torque.
While one may think that the luxury will cost a bomb, and more so when it is competing against the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, Genesis EQ900L is a bit of bargain model. Rumors are that the EQ900L will set you back by $125,000, which is a whopping $60,000 less than the S-Class. For your reference, the Mercedes-Maybach S600 starts at $189,350.