Hyundai equips its European flagship with a diesel option

You can't expect to sell decent numbers of a sedan in Europe without a diesel engine. That's a law that most automarkes have learnt (Cadillac too). The biggest sedan Hyundai offers in Europe, the Grandeur (also known as Azera to Americans),has a diesel option.

The Grandeur's powertrain is a 2.2 liter CRDi engine (that's what Hyundai calls the brand's implementation of common-rail injection) which is good for 155 HP mated to an automatic 5-speed gearbox. Acceleration won't make you feel like you're on the Space Shuttle, taking 11.8 seconds from 0 to 60mph. Torque is impressive, at 343 Nm (253 lb-ft). Fuel consumption is about 33 mpg in the European combined cycle and CO2 emissions 208 g/km. This powertrain is also installed in the Santa Fe.

Pricing is quite high but the model comes with all equipment (including Navigation system) for about 41,000 EUR in Germany.

[Source: Hyundai via Auto-week]

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