Looks as if they are keeping to cls style lines that the i45 has. The boot line looks high and the side appears to have much stronger shoulder lines than the current model. If the rest of the new “i” models are anything to go buy, this should be a drastic improvement, if they give it a decent engine it might actually stand a chance
Don’t bother testing, bring this out already!
I know the opinion of fellow bloggers is that Hyundai can do no wrong, but I think they have made a mistake by developing a second Grandeur. Not only did the original sell dismally (what class was it actually competing in?), it didn’t know what it’s real purpose was.
It was competing in a price segment with cars such as the C-class, 3-series, IS250, but was a size larger, and had none of the brand cachet. Was it a successor to the long gone Korean Ssangyong Chairman?
We’ll never know. I genuinely think Hyundai can compete with Audi, Lexus etc, IF they create a Lexus style second brand dedicated to luxury cars. As a buyer, I don’t want my car/second-mortgage to share the same badge as an Accent!
Firstly the actual price was closer to around 45-49K which is well below C-Class, BMW 3, Lexus IS territory. I believe it sold dismally well because no one knew it existed. There was never a single ad for it and it was always obscured by brand sellers.
Actually Hyundai did publish several advertisements in various lifesyle magazines (albeit dismal, boring ones), and if the car was good enough, good reviews would have become commonplace. And saying it was obscured by brand sellers is a poor excuse, as a good car should shine in it’s own right. As it was, it was average at best, and the Nissan Maxima far better value. The V6 was nice and fast, but the suspension and steering let it down a common fault in Hyundais.
Current Grandeur is not bad car.. just it is not taste for me..
Hopefully its RWD like the Genesis
Unfortunately, its FWD. Only Genesis and Equus are RWD
no surprise it has not sold well… no ads anywhere, the grandeur section on the hyundai australia webpage is just crap, a review on here has no interior photos and is only a quick review in the shceme of things, i think they were hoping to kill it off and make hyundai have another think about importing their RWD vehicles. Glad there is another one though, with the sonata being 4 cylinder only, at least they have a larger V6 car, not just a simple copy like the camaurion. this should be a good car anyway.
Actually, the main real reason it hasn’t sold here is because when introduced, Hyundai made the decision to only sell it at a limited number of dealers. Hyundai themselves CHOSE to limit it’s sales, which was a stupid decision because unless cars get out there on the road for people to see, nobody will know about them. The price should have also been better at launch – $42,990 was too expensive 4 years ago for a Hyundai. They adjusted the price about a year ago but it was too late.
Current model didn’t look that bad. Hopefully this new model will improve sales alot. It looks promising…
Everyone knew Channel Ten bought “Ten” Grandeur for master chef program.
And Channel 9 was forced buy 6 of them to get Winter Olympic sponsor early this year.
So who bought last one?
CEO of Hyundai Australia? Did you buy it?
If so, well done you.
Even you drive your wife’s Lexus most of time.
This is a car with god-awful name and absolutely no advertising. Is it any wonder it did not sell many? Add to that Hyundai limiting the number of dealers to sell it one has to wonder why they brought it here at all.
The name will change with the new model. Keep in mind the previous Grandeur (99-02) sold over 4,800 in 3 years. The current model, now out for over 4 years, has barely sold over 1,000!
I’ve owned a 2000 XG Grandeur and now have a 2007 TG Grandeur Limited so I’m in a good position to comment on them. Both have been very satisfying to own. Motoring writers get paranoid about suspension and steering issues that the average driver will probably never experience and I’ve certainly never had any complaints about the 2 I’ve owned in these regards. Writers seem to expect every car to be a purist’s delight such as some exotic racer or similar. Both of my Grandeurs have done high kilometrage in both city and rural work. Both have been very comfortable, quiet, very well appointed, reliable and reasonable to service too.They’ve both had a lot of room and been ideal to take my family on holidays also! I’ll never understand Hyundai’s bizarre lack of adverising support for this great car or even the presence of the car on showroom floors for people to make up their own minds. If people don’t know about the car, of course it won’t sell. Wake up, Hyundai and promote this car. It deserves it!!!