• Dec 17th 2009 at 1:29PM
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KDM Hyundai Grandeur - click for high-res gallery

The Hyundai Azera is a perfectly nice car in a background-supporting-role kind of way. While the slow-selling model might seem to be something of a moot point now that the Genesis sedan is on U.S. soil, a refreshed version of the sedan has just debuted in its home country – albeit under the Grandeur nameplate. It's still unclear whether this version of the Grandeur will come to our market as an update for the Azera, but its mere existence signals that Hyundai believes that there's a place for a offering above the swanky new YF Sonata.

The new Grandeur is still conservatively styled and attractive. There's some more angularity up front, a bolder grille and restyled headlamps, but the car is still not in danger of grabbing you by the eye lashes and making you pay attention. LED taillights and a reshaped bumper define the rear view, and a new package brings Alcantara seats to the interior.

No word yet on any further refinements to the interior or any mechanical changes to the 3.3-liter V6 powertrain, but we'll keep hunting for more information.

In any case, being that the Grandeur/Azera is a front-wheel-drive car with more cylinders and more traditional styling than the new Sonata, Hyundai may yet be holding a spot for this vehicle in America – right in the narrow niche between Sonata and Genesis.

[Source: Hyundai]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Look. It comes with bumper guard stickers that you can get at a car wash.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That looks really nice.

      The front end looks better than that of the Genesis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think that the sonata should have replaced this car to me there was no need for this car
      • 5 Years Ago
      The front end is a huge improvement--and those headlights did remind me somewhat of a Phaeton, though think this front-end is better. The lower fascia of the USDM one looks too scrunched, whereas this has a larger, more stately presence. Still, it's a lot of scratch pay for FWD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like Hyundai but this grill revision is reminiscent of the updates Lexus has done on the LS460 and ES350 for 2010--squared off grills!


      • 5 Years Ago
      I would go for a Genesis instead, if I have the money.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like an Avalon
      • 5 Years Ago
      Considering that the 2010 Hyundai Azera is already being sold (unchanged from previous years), in the US, this restyle probably won't make it over (thought I wish it did - the interior is really looking dated now); the US market will probably have to wait for the full redesign.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At least the girls on the car look good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai is really closing their gaps.

      Sonata to Azera to Genesis is pretty tight grouping.

      Not to mention the Kia K7 Cadenza/Amanti-replacement, from the other side of that coin.

      The Kia K7 is the styling winner, so far... I just wish it, as a "sportier" variant would offer a good robotic clutch gearbox, and AWD... to differentiate it a bit more from the entry-luxury segment of this Azera and Genesis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We have had the 2010 Azera brochures at my Hyundai dealership for a couple months now (but no actual cars yet), and the photos don't show these changes.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dealers in my area have had the 2010 for months. The 2010 is basically the 2009 KDM version sans the updated 3.3L and 6AT. I'd expect this car will be coming to the US in late June or July, hopefully with the 6AT and updated 255 HP 3.3L and 3.8L somewhere around the 290 HP it makes in the Genesis or either the 3.5L QOHC V6 that will be in the Kia Cadenza. The new one on the same plaform as the K7/Cadenza would I assume come out around Jan 2011 for the KDM and we'd see it as a '12 in July/Aug of '11.
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