Hyundai has pulled off the wraps of the revised Grandeur sedan (Azera for the North American markets) and the AG premium large sedan at the 2014 Busan International Show that commenced in Korea today. The new AG premium sedan slots in between the Grandeur and the Genesis sedan and will be launched later this year in the States to compete against the German auto makers Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi.
Starting with the revised Grandeur premium sedan, the front-wheel drive model get cosmetic revisions to the front fascia featuring a redesigned front bumper that gets LED fog lamps, new chrome induced grille and mildly tweaked rear fascia that is reminiscent of Dodge models. Inside the cabin, the Grandeur gets a redesigned centre console featuring the latest HVAC controls and a new 8-inch navigation screen available as standard. The new Grandeur is 10 mm longer than its predecessor and also gets added safety equipment which includes Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Front Collision Warning System (FCWS), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and a Smart Trunk.
Powering the 2015 Hyundai Grandeur is a new 2.2-litre R diesel engine from the Santa Fe that produces 202 PS of power and 441 Nm of torque. The engine features a Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) and meets Euro VI emission norms. The 2.4-litre Theta II GDI petrol mill from the current model is also on offer and has been re-tuned to offer 190 PS and 241 Nm of torque. The premium sedan also gets an improved steering system for better responsiveness and stability.
The newly unveiled Hyundai AG will help strengthen the brand’s position as a maker of premium vehicles in its home market. The premium sedan features the Fluidic Sculpture V2.0 design language with the front fascia taking inspiration from Buick cars. Hyundai hasn’t revealed though the interiors of the car or what powertrains to expect under the hood. The company says that the AG will provide quiet and sophisticated driving comfort, while adopting a series of advanced convenience features. The 2014 Hyundai AG will be launched in the Korean market within this calendar year.
Hyundai is showcasing a total of 25 cars, including its commercial vehicles at the 2014 Busan International Show. The pavilion showcases the company’s new cars and technologies which includes the next generation fuel-cell concept, Intrado; the i20 WRC rally car and the Sonata and Grandeur hybrid models along with the world’s first mass-produced fuel cell vehicle, the ix35 Fuel Cell.