A heavily camouflaged prototype of the 2016 Hyundai Equus has been spied undergoing winter testing.

A heavily camouflaged prototype of the 2016 Hyundai Equus has been spied undergoing winter testing.

Hyundai's flagship model is about to get a third generation as the Equus full-size sedan is expected to go on sale sometime next year and as noticeable in the attached spy video it will look substantially different than the current model. It's one of the first models fully designed by Peter Schreyer who seems went for a flatter roofline and a bigger front grille. The third side windows have been enlarged which could mean the interior cabin is more spacious as a result of extending the wheelbase.

The attached spy video shows Hyundai was also testing an autonomous emergency braking system which at that stage wasn't working very well as the prototype went through the barrier. The camouflaged Equus appeared to have full LED headlights and taillights while the rear end hosted two large exhaust tips.

Rear-wheel drive is going to be standard on the all-new Hyundai Equus, but several reports are indicating the availability of an optional AWD arrangement to better compete with the A8, 7-Series and S-Class. Little else is known about Hyundai's range-topper, but the model is expected to get a ten-speed automatic transmission along with a newly developed multi-link rear suspension.

An official reveal of the third generation Hyundai Equus is expected towards the end of this year.

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