Rabu, 18 Desember 2013

New Car: 2014 Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid

The Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid has just been launched in South Korea, making it the company’s third hybrid model in its local market. It slots neatly above the electric motor-assisted Sonata and Elantra models, and is the largest hybrid-powered Korean car yet.

Called the Azera in other markets (Malaysia has seen both nameplates before – the third-generation Grandeur XG and fourth-generation Azera TG), the new variant uses the same in-house-developed parallel electric hybrid drivetrain already in use in the Sonata Hybrid.

Here, a 159 hp 2.4 litre MPI works alongside a 35 kW electric motor to develop a combined output of 204 hp. Fuel economy jumps to 16.0 km/L, a healthy gain over the standard Grandeur 2.4’s 11.3 km/L claim. In Korea, the hybrid model is covered by a 10-year or 200,000 km warranty, including a 30-day vehicle exchange programme.

Size wise, it fits between the Sonata and Genesis within Hyundai’s Korean/American model range. Think the Toyota Avalon, the Lexus ES’ platform donor. If the Grandeur/Azera Hybrid were to be introduced here in Malaysia, do you reckon there would be a market for it? As a cut-price alternative to the RM 353,000 Lexus ES 300h, perhaps?

Thanks to: Paultan

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