Hyundai’s 7th generation flagship sedan is equipped with futuristic features, revives its 1986 moniker ‘square Grandeur’
Hyundai’s 7th generation
The “square Grandeur” is back. Hyundai Motor’s flagship sedan is now in its seventh generation, combining cutting-edge technology with classic aesthetics inspired by the first-generation Grandeur.
When Hyundai Motor’s renowned high-end sedan, the Grandeur, first appeared in 1986, CEOs of prestigious companies all around South Korea fell in love with the car right immediately, and it soon became a status symbol for successful businesspeople. Due to the sedan’s unusual front side design, people gave it the moniker “square Grandeur.”The Grandeur underwent six makeovers in the last three decades. The radiator grill and headlamps ended up looking like rounded trapezoids, and the front bumper became more rounded as a result.
Hyundai Motor has restored the moniker “square Grandeur,” which had seemed to be losing favor for the Grandeur, with its most recent model.
The return of the square front caught everyone’s attention during a media test drive of the “all-new Grandeur” last week. The car’s virtually rectangular radiator grill and narrow, linear headlamp gave the impression that it was screaming, “Look at me!” Grandeur Square has been reinstated.
The smoothness of the front exterior is continued by the frameless doors and auto-flush handles on either side of the streamlined body, which emphasise the new model’s futuristic appearance. The cabin of the car is tastefully decorated and designed reminiscent of Hyundai Motor’s premium luxury brand, Genesis.
More room is available in the console box region between the driver and passenger seats thanks to the gear knob’s relocation to the steering wheel’s right side. The newest Grandeur features additional rear legroom thanks to its 5,035 millimetre length, which exceeds 5 metres for the first time in the sedan’s series.
A test drive was conducted with the sedan’s 3.5-liter gasoline direct injection engine, which has a maximum power output of 300 horsepower and 36.6 kilogram-force metres. During a test drive of about 50 kilometres, it was sufficient to test out three of the five driving modes—eco, normal, sport, my drive, and snow.
The sedan’s power in eco mode was adequate for keeping up with other moving automobiles. The sport mode offered the driver access to the 300-horsepower engine’s maximum potential with its quick and forceful acceleration. Even in sport mode, the new Grandeur provided a relaxing driving experience.
The driver and passenger seats’ linear LED illumination LEDs, which change colour depending on the driving mode, set the mood for each riding style.
The autonomous handling function of the steering wheel worked flawlessly on both narrow, twisting routes and on interstates. Driving in the brand-new Grandeur was almost as silent as riding in an electric car thanks to technologies like road noise cancellation, noise-absorbing tyres, and noise-reducing doors and windows.
The gas-powered vehicle appeared to have enough space in the trunk to accommodate up to four golf bags.
The 184-centimeter-tall The Korea Herald reporter could not sit up completely straight because his head would rest on the ceiling, which was the only minor drawback. But this has been the case in almost every vehicle he has driven.