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Spied: 2017 Hyundai Equus, Kia K900

Both Hyundai and Kia are planning new versions of their flagship sedans.

Despite less than brisk sales, the Hyundai-Kia group doesn't look like it's giving up on the high-end sedan segment any time soon. The next-generation of the automaker's Hyundai Equus and Kia K900 were recently spotted by our spy photographers undergoing warm weather shakedown testing.

Hyundai's new Equus will be given a more German flair as its tries to lure buyers away from the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Audi A8. You can even see some Mercedes influence in the Equus' LED taillights. Other styling cues are expected to be drawn from the Genesis sedan.

Although not a ground up redesign, the new Equus will ride on a heavily revised version of the current car's BH rear-wheel drive architecture. Thanks to the use of more high-strength steel and aluminum, the next Equus will be quite a bit lighter than the car currently on sale today.

A revised version of Hyundai's 5.0L V8 is said to be on tap for the Equus. Improvement will be made to both performance and fuel economy. It's also rumored that the next Equus could get a twin-turbocharged version of Hyundai's 3.3L V6, but that engine may be held back until the car's mid-cycle refresh in 2019. A 10-speed auto is also rumored, but that transmission might not be ready for the Equus' initial market launch. Hyundai's current eight-speed auto will stand as a placeholder.

Helping its odds in cold weather states, the new Equus will be available with all-wheel drive.

Hyundai subsidiary Kia is also planning some changes to its flagship sedan. Those alterations won't go as deep as those planned for the Equus, but we can at least expect some new front- and rear-end styling. Judging by this prototype's hood ornament, the next K900 might even come equipped with some technology sourced from Wayne Enterprises.

Look for both luxury sedans to debut sometime next year for the 2017 model year.

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