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by Tim Beissmann

Hyundai Australia has released a mid-life update of the Hyundai Grandeur luxury sedan, with a range of cosmetic tweaks and specification enhancements among the key changes.

Most striking at the front is the new radiator grille which is stronger, sharper and more defined. Black-bezel headlamps, new fog lamps and the black mesh lower air dam round out the upgrades at the business end.

Side on, the black-finished B-pillars provide a more complete, seamless flow, as do the wing-mirror-mounted LED indicators. Seven-spoke alloys also enhance the car’s up-market appearance.

At the back the new Grandeur benefits from restyled combination lamps and a redesigned moulded bumper with chrome-housed twin exhausts.

Inside, the centre floor console now features a metallic finish for a more contemporary feel.

Other mid-life model upgrades include the single-unit key and remote, one-touch triple indicator signalling, and “puddle lamps” on the wing mirrors which illuminate the ground around the doors when the car is opened by remote.

Interior specifications include 10-way driver and four-way passenger electronically adjustable seats with two driver-side memory settings, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control air conditioning with rear passenger vents, and an eight-speaker, six-CD stacker, MP3/WMA/iPod compatible JBL audio system.

Safety remains a Grandeur strong suit with electronic stability control, traction control and eight airbags standard in both models.

Performance from the new model is unchanged from the vehicle it replaces, with power coming from either the 194kW/348Nm 3.8-litre V6 or the 114kW/343Nm 2.2-litre CRDi turbo diesel.

The V6 uses 10.8 litres/100km on the combined cycle and emits 255g/km CO2 while the diesel burns through 7.9 litres/100km and emits CO2 at a rate of 208g/km. Both carry over the five-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual mode.

Also carried over is the price, meaning new Hyundai Grandeur is available now from $39,990* for the V6 and $41,990* for the diesel.

*Manufacturer’s list price includes GST but does not include dealer delivery and statutory charges.




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