Hyundai Grandeur

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Hyundai Grandeur
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Overview
Manufacturer Hyundai
Production 1986–present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury car (1986–1998)
Mid-size luxury car (1998–present)
Body style 4-door sedan
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Chronology
Predecessor Hyundai Granada

The Hyundai Grandeur (Korean: 현대 그랜저) is a mid-size luxury car (initially full-size car) produced by the South Korean manufacturer Hyundai since 1986. The Grandeur has evolved through five generations with intermediate restylings, and is marketed under various nameplates worldwide — prominently as the Hyundai Azera (현대 아제라). As the Azera, it was considered the flagship model of Hyundai's United States lineup until the arrival of the Genesis sedan. Currently the Azera slots between the midsize Sonata and the Genesis sedan.

As of January 2014, the sedan is available in South Korea, China, the Middle East, and the Americas (except Mexico).

First generation (1986–1992)[edit]

First generation
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Overview
Also called Mitsubishi Debonair
Production 1986–1992
Assembly Ulsan, Korea
Body and chassis
Related Mitsubishi Debonair
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L 4G63 I4
2.4 L 4G64 I4
3.0 L 6G72 V6
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,735 mm (107.7 in)
Length 4,865 mm (191.5 in)
Width 1,725 mm (67.9 in)
Height 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
1,450 mm (57.1 in)

The first Grandeur was a rebadged Mitsubishi Debonair produced by Hyundai. Initially launched with Mitsubishi-sourced 2.0L SOHC MPI version of the engine used in the first generation Sonata, a 2.4 L SOHC MPI engine was added in 1987. A V6 3.0 L engined model was launched in 1991 to better compete with the Daewoo Imperial.

Background[edit]

Before the 1988 Seoul Olympics, most of the luxury car market of South Korea was held by Daewoo Motors and its Royale Series. From October 1978, Hyundai built its luxury car, Ford Granada Mark II, in Korea but the competition with Daewoo Royale seemed that it already had ended. As Hyundai was looking to enter the luxury car market, it tried to make its own luxury car. In the face of tough competition from Daewoo Motors' much more powerful brand, Hyundai abandoned the attempt to design its own luxury car, and instead borrowed an platform, technology, and internal configuration from Mitsubishi Motors to create the first Hyundai Grandeur.

In the early eighties, Mitsubishi Motors also wanted to renew its aging Debonair model, which had not been substantially updated since its market launch in 1964. Given the existing relationship of sharing technologies and innovations, Mitsubishi accepted Hyundai's request to share a platform, internal configuration, and most importantly, an engine. As Hyundai was an official sponsor of 1988 Seoul Olympics, it used this opportunity to notify all the executives and important people about their new car, the Grandeur. Because of its Mitsubishi basis and good quality, it became very popular in Korea.

1986–1989 Grandeur, rear view

Also called "Gak (angle)-Grandeur", it succeeded Ford Granada Mark II. Before the 1988 Summer Olympics, the official sponsor Hyundai Motor co-developed it with Mitsubishi Motors of Japan, and launched it in July, 1986. The design was done by Hyundai Motors, but the internal configuration was done by Mitsubishi. It was the second FF layout model in Korea after Hyundai Excel. Originally, only a four-cylinder 2,000 cc engine and manual transmission were offered, but later a 2,400 cc engine, a V6 3,000 cc engine, and automatic transmission were equipped. By the change, Grandeur buyers were extended from normal CEOs and businessmen to even gangsters, and it became Korea's bestselling large car by a considerable margin.[1] It was also sold in Japan as the Mitsubishi Debonair V, but the demanding class was already absorbed by the Toyota Crown and Honda Legend and the Debonair was not competitive. Taillight design was changed in 1989, and ABS first became available in 1991. It had 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual transmission. It was discontinued in September 1992, after 122,074 had been built.[1]

Second generation (1992–1998)[edit]

Second generation
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Overview
Also called Mitsubishi Debonair
Production 1992–1998
Assembly Ulsan, South Korea
Body and chassis
Related Mitsubishi Debonair
Hyundai Dynasty
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L 6G71 V6
2.5 L 6G73 V6
3.0 L 6G72 V6
3.5 L 6G74 V6
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,745 mm (108.1 in)
Length 4,980 mm (196.1 in)
Width 1,810 mm (71.3 in)
Height 1,445 mm (56.9 in)
Chronology
Successor Hyundai Grandeur
Hyundai Equus

The New Grandeur and the third generation of the Mitsubishi Debonair were the products of a joint development between Hyundai and Mitsubishi Motors. Mitsubishi was responsible for the powertrain, and Hyundai was responsible for the body and trim design. Production of the car began in September 1992 and ended in 1998.

1992–1998 Hyundai Grandeur, rear view

The "New Grandeur" came in various trim levels and only V6 engine combinations (2.0L, 2.5L, 3.0L, and 3.5L). The new Korea based Grandeur became a huge success following the first generation Grandeur it replaced. However, the reception of the same model marketed by Mitsubishi in Japan was perfunctory eventually leading Mitsubishi to discontinue it earlier than expected.

The 3-liter and 3.5-liter engines developed by Mitsubishi were substantial legacies to Hyundai, which at the time did not have the ability to manufacture engines of that size on its own. Following the Debonair's discontinuation in Japan, the Hyundai-Mitsubishi partnership lead to the production of the Hyundai Equus and Mitsubishi Dignity premium flagship sedans, and the slightly smaller Hyundai Dynasty and Mitsubishi Proudia. Since the production of Hyundai Equus, Hyundai develops all engines in its product line on its own, such as the industry-acclaimed 4.6-liter Tau Engine featured on the Hyundai Genesis.

Although it was not exported outside the home market, the second generation Grandeur was success in Korean domestic market as the flagship sedan of Hyundai lineup. This model became a status symbol in Korea, which many politicians and wealthy business executives have used.

Third generation (1998–2005)[edit]

Third generation (XG)
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Overview
Also called Hyundai XG25
Hyundai XG30
Hyundai XG300
Hyundai XG350
Hyundai Grandeur XG (South Korea)
Production 1998–2005
Assembly Asan, South Korea
İzmit, Turkey (Hyundai Assan)
Body and chassis
Related Kia Amanti
Hyundai Equus
Hyundai Dynasty
Powertrain
Engine 2.0 L Δdelta V6
2.5 L Δdelta V6
3.0 L ΣSigma V6
3.5 L ΣSigma V6
Transmission H-Matic 5-speed automatic & shiftronic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,750 mm (108.3 in)
Length 1998–2002:4,865 mm (191.5 in)
2002–2005:4,875 mm (191.9 in)
Width 1,825 mm (71.9 in)
Height 1,420 mm (55.9 in)

The Grandeur XG was a mid-size luxury car. In some other markets, namely North America, it was called the Hyundai XG. The first two generations were essentially rebadged Mitsubishi Debonairs, with the third generations developed entirely by Hyundai, with technical experience learned from the first two generations. It shared a platform and engines with the Kia Opirus (Amanti in North America). After their success with the Grandeur, Hyundai decided to develop the next generation Grandeur on their own from the ground up with the technology they have accumulated through the past Grandeur generations. This allowed Hyundai to export the XG outside South Korea without any possible legal issues.

XG250[edit]

2003 Hyundai Grandeur XG250 in Malaysia

The XG250 was debuted in 1999 with a 2.5 L Delta V6. It was also called the XG25 in some markets. It was produced until 2005. There was also a two-litre model called the XG20 for some markets, including the domestic South Korean one.

  • Performance
    • Acceleration: 0–60 mph in 10.6 seconds
    • Top speed: 204 km/h (127 mph)
    • Power: 165 bhp (123 kW)


XG300[edit]

2004 Hyundai Grandeur XG300 in Malaysia

The XG300 debuted in 1999 with a 3.0 L Sigma V6.

It was called the XG30 in Europe and in Asian countries. It was produced from 2001 to 2003. A 2.5 litre model, called XG25, was also sold in some countries such as France. The XG30 boasted many options available to only high-end luxury models at the time such as the Mercedes E-class and BMW 5-series. The XG30 is also longer and wider than most of its rivals, and it is just a fraction smaller than the Audi A6.

  • Performance
    • Acceleration: 0–60 mph in 9.8 seconds
    • Top speed: 214 km/h (133 mph)
    • Power: 181 bhp (135 kW)

XG350[edit]

2004–2005 Hyundai XG350L (US)

The XG350 name was used as of 2002 to reflect the new 3.5 L version of the Sigma V6. The model received a mild facelift two years later.

The XG350 L featured more options such as heated seats, 210 watt Infinity sound system with 6 speakers and a trunk mounted 8 disk CD changer, wood and leather steering wheel, moon roof, 10 spoke alloy rims. It featured 200 hp (150 kW) and 216LB torque.

2.0 and 2.5 Delta engines were available in South Korea.

  • Performance
    • Acceleration: 0–60 mph in 8.6 seconds
    • Top speed: 215 km/h (134 mph)
    • Power: 194 bhp (145 kW)

Fourth generation (2005–2011)[edit]

Fourth generation (TG)
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Overview
Also called Hyundai Azera
Hyundai The Luxury Grandeur (KDM Facelift)
Production 2005–2011
Assembly Asan, South Korea
Nošovice, Czech Republic
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Related Hyundai Sonata
Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Veracruz/ix55
Kia Optima/Magentis/Lotze
Kia Carens/Rondo
Kia Sorento
Powertrain
Engine 2.4 L ΘTheta II I4 (175 hp)
2.7 L μ Mu V6 (192 hp)
3.3 L ΛLambda V6 (237 hp-260 hp)
3.8 L ΛLambda V6 (265 hp-283 hp)
2.2 L CRDI VGT diesel I4 (155 hp)
Transmission 5-speed H-Matic automatic
6-speed Shiftronic automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,780 mm (109.4 in)
Length 4,895–4,910 mm (192.7–193.3 in)
Width 1,850–1,865 mm (72.8–73.4 in)
Height 1,490–1,495 mm (58.7–58.9 in)
Chronology
Successor Hyundai Genesis (Canada)

The Grandeur TG is a mid-size sedan introduced for the 2006 model year. A redesigned XG350, it shares a platform with the Sonata. It is sold as the Hyundai Azera in North America, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Iran, Malaysia, The GCC (Persian Gulf states), South Africa, Singapore, Peru, Chile and Brazil. In Europe is sold like "Hyundai Grandeur"; in Spain with the diesel 2.2 crdi engine 155 hp and also in Canary Islands in this case with the 3.3 V6 engine.

The Azera had been the most expensive Hyundai model outside of Korea, China, and the Middle East — until the 2008 introduction of the Genesis.

The Azera has a four-wheel independent suspension (multi-link in the rear) and uses the company's new 3.8 L Lambda V6, which produces 265 hp (196 kW). The power is sent to the front wheels through a five or six-speed automatic transmission with a "Shiftronic" manual gear selection. Hyundai claims 6.0 s to accelerate to 60 mph (97 km/h) and a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h). Fuel economy of 19 mpg (12.4 L/100 km) in the city and 28 mpg (8.4 L/100 km) on the highway is expected.

The 2.2 VGT CRDI diesel engine from the Santa Fe is also available, with the addition of the 2.4 Theta and 2.7 Mu diesel engines in South Korea

The Limited trim level adds 17 inch alloy wheels, heated front seats, leather seat-upholstery, and a power sun shade in the rear window. The Ultimate Package includes an enhanced audio system with 10 Infinity speakers and a 6 CD changer, a power sunroof, powered tilt-telescopic steering wheel, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

The 2007 model featured a revised gauge pattern and steering wheel controls.

The 2008 model introduced the optional LG Navigation system. The SE models are removed in favor of a GLS model that shares the same 17 inch wheels as the Limited models, and the Aubergine color is no longer available. A wood-trimmed steering wheel is now only available with the Ultimate Package.

2009 Hyundai Azera (US)

The 2009 model featured a new grille, new 17 inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, blue back lit gauges and dashboard lighting (vs. the previous green), dark brown wood grain accents and available hands free Bluetooth phone capability. The audio player display takes the same design as the 2009 Hyundai Sonata, and the controls for the audio player have been redesigned. An auxiliary input jack and iPod integration system is now standard, though deleted in the case of the LG Navigation system on the Limited trim level. A wood-trimmed steering wheel is once again standard for the Limited, and Limited models receive special hyper-silver finished alloy wheels.

The Korean Grandeur offers more features not available in North American version, such as Proximity Key with Push Button Start and Bluetooth hands-free capability. A refreshened 2010 model was released on December 16, 2009 that incorporated new 7 split-spoke alloy wheels, LED taillights, rectangular exhaust pipe designs, new side mirrors, redesigned headlights, and new front fascia and grille. New interior amenities include Alcantara leather seats and rear passenger audio and climate controls.

For the 2010 model year the Hyundai Azera was dropped in Canada due to slow sales.

2011 Hyundai Azera (US)

For model year 2011, Hyundai restyled the Azera with new front and rear fascias, new alloy wheels, and new fog lamps. The engines have been updated with dual variable valve timing and the transmission has one more forward for a total of 6. The 3.3L V6 is now rated at 260 hp and 3.8L V6 now makes with 283 hp. The fuel economy has also been improved with 20/28 for 3.3 and 19/27 for 3.8 (EPA rating pending).

In November 2010, Hyundai sued Avera Motors, a start-up automaker based in Rockledge, Florida, over the use of the name "Avera," claiming it was too close to the Azera name.[2] As a result, Avera changed its name in March 2011 to Rivian Automotive.[2] 2011 Facelift

Safety[edit]

The Azera comes standard with front and rear head curtain airbags and front and rear seat-mounted torso airbags.

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety the Azera received a Good overall score in the frontal crash test and an Acceptable overall score in the side impact test. The driver's pelvis/leg in the side impact category was given a Poor score and the structure/safety category rated Marginal.[3][4]

NHTSA Azera[5]

Frontal Driver: 4/5 stars

Frontal Passenger: 4/5 stars

Side Driver: 5/5 stars

Side Rear Passenger (earlier models): 4/5 stars

Side Rear Passenger (later models): 5/5 stars

Rollover: 4/5 stars

Awards[edit]

  • 2006 Canadian Car of the Year awards: named "Best New Family Car (over CAN$35,000)"
  • Strategic Vision, 2007, named the "Winner Strategic Vision’s 2007 Total Quality Index (TQI) for the large car segment"
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance “Best in Class” in the $25,000 to $30,000 category, 2007 Azera:
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance 2007 Car Buyer’s "Best of 2007 Cars" March 2007.
  • Edmunds.com Editors Most Wanted – 2007
  • Edmunds.com Editor's Most Wanted Sedan Under $30,000
  • Consumer's Digest, 2007, named "A Consumer's Digest Best Buy"
  • J.D. Power and Associates – 2006: named "Most Appealing Large Car"
  • IIHS, 2006, earned an overall “good” rating in the crash test, frontal offset impacts.
  • AutoPacific, 2006, named "Best in Class Vehicle Satisfaction, Large Luxury Car
  • Strategic Vision, 2006, named the "Winner Strategic Vision’s 2006 Total Value Award for Best Large Car Ownership Experience"

Fifth generation (2011–present)[edit]

Fifth generation (HG)
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Overview
Also called Hyundai Azera
Production 2011–
Assembly Asan, South Korea
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door sedan
Related Kia Cadenza
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Powertrain
Engine 2.4 L ΘTheta II I4 (178 hp)
2.4 L ΘTheta II I4 GDI (198 hp)
3.0 L ΛLambda II V6 (247 hp)
3.0 L ΛLambda II V6 GDI (266 hp)
3.3 L ΛLambda II V6 GDI (293 hp)
Transmission 6-speed automatic & shiftronic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,845 mm (112.0 in)
Length 4,910 mm (193.3 in)
Width 1,860 mm (73.2 in)
Height 1,470 mm (57.9 in)
Curb weight 1,500–1,635 kg (3,307–3,605 lb)

Initial release[edit]

The Grandeur HG was released by Hyundai as a 2012 model with an all new appearance and an engine which followed the "fluidic sculpture" design of modern Hyundai vehicles. This design is dubbed as the "Grand Glide" concept.[6][7]

The fifth generation Azera (unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show) was developed over a period of three and half years with a cost of 450 million dollars. The four-cylinder has a fuel economy of 12.8 km/L (36 mpg-imp; 30 mpg-US) (7.8 l/100 km) and the V6 is rated at 11.8 km/L (33 mpg-imp; 28 mpg-US) (8.5 l/100 km). The Premium model features adaptive cruise control and a semi-automatic parking assist system.[8]

In terms of dimensions, the Azera slots between the midsize Sonata and the rear-wheel drive Genesis.[6]

The Azera's competitors include cars such as the Ford Taurus, Dodge Charger, Chevrolet Impala, and entry-level luxury (or near-luxury) cars such as the Buick LaCrosse, Acura TL and Lexus ES350, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Chrysler 300. [7][9]

Early Korean models of Grandeur include Theta II 2.4 GDI, Lambda II 3.0 GDI.[10]

Engines[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Type/code Power@rpm, Torque@rpm
Theta 2.4 MPi Hybrid 2013- 2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) I4 (2.4 Theta II MPi) 159 PS (117 kW; 157 hp)@5500, 21 kg·m (206 N·m; 152 lbf·ft)@4500
electric motor 47 PS (35 kW; 46 hp)@?, 20.9 kg·m (205 N·m; 151 lbf·ft)@?
combined 204 PS (150 kW; 201 hp)@?
Theta 2.4 MPi 2013- 2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) I4 (2.4 Theta MPi) 180 PS (132 kW; 178 hp)@6000, 23.6 kg·m (231 N·m; 171 lbf·ft)@4000
Theta 2.4 GDi 2011- 2,359 cc (144.0 cu in) I4 (2.4 Theta GDi) 201 PS (148 kW; 198 hp)@6300, 25.5 kg·m (250 N·m; 184 lbf·ft)@4250
Lambda 3.0 MPi 2013- 2,999 cc (183.0 cu in) V6 (3.0 Lambda II MPi) 250 PS (184 kW; 247 hp)@6400, 29 kg·m (284 N·m; 210 lbf·ft)@5300
Lambda 3.0 GDi 2011- 2,999 cc (183.0 cu in) V6 (3.0 Lambda II GDi) 270 PS (199 kW; 266 hp)@6400, 31.6 kg·m (310 N·m; 229 lbf·ft)@5300
Lambda 3.3 GDi 2011- 3,342 cc (203.9 cu in) V6 (3.3 Lambda II GDi/G6DH) 297 PS (218 kW; 293 hp)@6400, 35.3 kg·m (346 N·m; 255 lbf·ft)@5200

Transmissions[edit]

Petrol engines
Model Years Types
Theta 2.4 MPi Hybrid 2013- 6-speed automatic
Theta 2.4 MPi 2013- 6-speed automatic
Lambda 3.0 MPi 2013- 6-speed automatic
Lambda 3.0 MPi 2012- 6-speed automatic
Lambda 3.3 GDi 2013- 6-speed automatic

Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid (2013-)[edit]

2014 Hyundai Grandeur Hydrid.

It is a version of Hyundai Grandeur for South Korea market, with 2.4-litre Theta II MPi (159PS) engine, 47PS electric motor, projector beam headlights, LED taillights, a dual exhaust system, 17-inch aluminum wheels, Nappa leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and wood grain trim, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated seats, a rearview camera, a USB charging system, an infotainment system with a 6-inch display. Options include a panoramic sunroof, a premium audio system and GPS navigation.

The vehicle went on sale in 2013-12-17.[11]

2014 model year update[edit]

Changes to US models of Hyundai Azera include lower starting price of $31,000 ($1,250 reduction from 2013), refined steering feel and precision, standard 6-inch color LCD audio display with rearview camera, standard driver blind-spot mirror, new electroluminescent gauge cluster with color LCD trip computer, new 8-inch navigation system standard on Limited, power-folding side mirrors standard on Limited, Hyundai Assurance Connected Care telematics services standard for three years.[12]

U.S. sales[edit]

Since its introduction to the U.S. market in late-2000, the XG/Azera had been a consistent seller until late-2008, when it suffered a significant drop in sales. Although there are several possible explanations for this decline, it’s worth pointing out that the Hyundai Genesis sedan was introduced to the U.S. market in late-2008, suggesting that the more sophisticated rear-wheel drive Genesis may have cannibalized sales of the Azera.[9] It is also noteworthy that the Hyundai Genesis sedan is considered by auto journalists to be a rival to the aforementioned full-size and near luxury vehicles that the 2012 Azera is positioned against, such as the Ford Taurus, Toyota Avalon, and Buick LaCrosse.[6][13][14]

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
 2,004 17,884 16,666 17,928 16,630 17,645 26,833 21,948 14,461  3,808
2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
 3,051  1,524  8,431 11,221

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Hyundai unveils new Grandeur in Korea
  11. ^ Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid introduced, features a combined output of 204 HP
  12. ^ 2014 Hyundai Azera gives you more for less
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