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