Hyundai may no longer offer the Azera in North America, but in Korea, the facelifted 2020 Grandeur appears to be a huge hit only days after pre-orders opened.
In 11 business days, Hyundai has racked up no fewer than 32,179 pre-orders for the executive sedan, an all-time record for the nameplate. The national launch took place on November 19 when the automaker announced full specs and pricing information.
We won’t talk about the design in this article since the photo gallery does that much better. We will say, however, that the facelifted Grandeur is 60 mm (2.3 in) longer at 4,990 mm (196.5 in) and 10 mm (0.4 in) wider, with the wheelbase alone growing by 40 mm (1.6 in). This ensures a roomier cabin, especially for passengers riding in the back.
As the photos can attest, the interior is much more luxurious and high-tech than before, featuring a duo of 12.3-inch displays for the infotainment system, redesigned steering wheel and shift controls, leather-trimmed center console featuring touch-operated controls for the new air conditioning system, 64-color ambient lighting system, and much more.
Safety-wise, the 2020 Grandeur offers many safety assist features including Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist-Reverse (PCA-R), Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist-Junction Turning (FCA-JT), Blind-spot View Monitor (BVM), Safe Exit Assist, Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), and Highway Driving Assistance (HDA) semi-autonomous tech. The passengers’ well-being is also ensured by a new fine dust sensor and a micro air filter, as well as additional noise insulation.
Korean customers can choose between four powertrains at launch, starting with a new SmartStream G2.5-liter four-cylinder unit rated at 198 PS (196 HP) and 248 Nm (183 lb-ft) of torque. Replacing the outgoing 2.4-liter engine, the new one is more economical, with Hyundai quoting a combined fuel economy of 11.9 km/L (28 mpg US or 8.4 l/100 km).
The lineup also includes a 3.3-liter V6 producing 294 PS (290 HP) and 343 Nm (253 lb-ft) of torque, as well as an updated 2.4 hybrid powertrain said to offer a combined fuel consumption of 16.2 km/L (38.1 mpg US or 6.2 l/100 km). The fourth and final choice is a 3.0-liter LPi running on LPG.
Prices for the 2020 Hyundai Grandeur range from 32.94 million won (around $28,150) for the base 2.5-liter model and 44.89 million won ($38,360) for the most expensive hybrid version.