Even grander Grandeur

Hyundai has plans for a car that’s been ig­nored by Aussies, writes Paul Gover

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE biggest thing in the Hyundai world, the Grandeur, has never been very big in Aus­tralia. Only a hand­ful of buy­ers have been en­ticed to the full­sized, full-ser­vice, full-lux­ury flag­ship, de­spite an af­ford­able start­ing price of $39,990 with a V6 en­gine.

But Hyundai has plans to make the Grandeur big­ger and even more lux­u­ri­ous as it con­tin­ues its global new-model at­tack. The new re­place­ment for the Grandeur is test­ing in north­ern Scan­di­navia, where Carparazzi caught a car that — de­spite plenty of ar­moured cam­ou­flage to de­flect cam­era attacks— is clearly big­ger than the cur­rent model.

The Grandeur sits glob­ally above the Sonata — now the i45 in Aus­tralia — and the left-hand-drive Ge­n­e­sis, and sources be­lieve it will be­come much more like the i45 in a makeover that will make it far less South Korean-cen­tric in de­sign.

The new model is ex­pected on sale late next year, prob­a­bly af­ter a Korean mo­tor show pre­view early in 2011, with a choice of 3.3 and 3.8-litre V6 en­gines. The en­gine for Aus­tralia is not set yet, but the 3.8-litre is cur­rently used and will be up­graded

with a six-speed au­to­matic gear­box.

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