A few weeks ago, Hyundai previewed the heavily facelifted Grandeur. From what we saw, they went far beyond the usual model update by actually giving it a totally new exterior and interior.
Now, the South Korean automaker has fully revealed the car, and it's still as dramatic as the day it was previewed. As you can see, you can mistake it for a full model change because of how different it looks from the current model.
The 2020 Grandeur, also known as the Azera in other markets, draws inspiration from the Le Fil Rouge concept from a few years back. The grill is much wider, and sports a diamond pattern to make it stand out from the usual slatted variety. Headlights, on the other hand, are geometric in shape, and the daytime running lights are a particularly cool touch. Instead of it being integrated into the lights, it's behind the grill, giving the impression that it's integrated on to the grill itself.
Hyundai went as far as giving the large sedan totally new panels. Fenders, doors and quarter panels are totally different from the soon to be outgoing model. Even the roof has been re-profiled to give it a sleeker, swoopier outline. As for the rear, it somewhat reminds us of an Audi A7 with its fastback design and full-width tail lights. Hyundai even went as far as extending the wheelbase and overall length with this 'facelift'.
Inside, it's a mix of minimalism and technology. It has a wide 12.3-inch screen in the center that serves as the infotainment system, and the climate control system is fully digital and uses a touch panel. The gear selector, meanwhile, is a push-button affair, freeing up space in the center stack. The dash meanwhile is wide with sweeping vertical lines to give it more of an upmarket feel. Leather and soft-touch materials dominate the cabin to further up the ante in terms of luxury.
The 2020 Grandeur also has what's called Forward Collision Avoidance – Junction Turning Assist. What it does is scan the corner you're about to take and warn you if there is oncoming traffic just around the bend. This feature is especially handy when you're about to take on a blind corner. It also has automatic emergency braking for reverse, just some of the few cars in the world market right now that offers it.
Four engine options are available. It starts with a 2.5-liter inline-four, followed by a 3.3-liter V6. A 2.4-liter hybrid can also be selected, and they even offer a 3.0-liter mill powered by LPG. No exact specs are listed at the moment.
What are the chances of it coming to the Philippines? For now, it looks pretty slim, although we did get the Azera here over a decade ago. Who knows? Hyundai might surprise us next year if they do release it here.