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