Hyundai Grandeur EV with retro cues to release in 2023: Report [Update]

  • Hyundai reportedly future-proofing its flagship sedan with EV tech
  • Grandeur EV's design could hark back to the first generation car from 1986
  • Export potential looks limited as sedans give way to crossovers globally
  • 300-mile range & comfy rear seat should help the Grandeur stay healthy in S.Korea

Update: ‘New Hyundai Grandeur Design,’ ‘New Hyundai Grandeur Interior,’ and ‘Next-gen Hyundai Grandeur release date’ sections updated.

According to a report from The Korean Car Blog, the seventh-gen Hyundai Grandeur, introduced on October 19, 2022, will get an all-electric variant. The first-ever Hyundai Grandeur EV will have cues borrowed from the Heritage Series Grandeur, as evident in the donor model.

What we know about the Hyundai Grandeur EV

It will be interesting to note the specifications of the Hyundai Grandeur EV, especially if it will share platforms with the new Grandeur (codenamed GN7), and the Kia K8, which ride on the Hyundai-Kia N3 platform. Another route for Hyundai is to opt for its E-GMP electric-only architecture, which should have no trouble accommodating the 5-meter length of a sedan since a large SUV (Kia EV9) is planned on it anyway. However, the E-GMP seems unlikely for the immediate generation.

The Hyundai Grandeur EV could be impressive even if it turns out to be a conversion of the new Grandeur. In this case, the Grandeur EV may launch as an AWD model with two motors, one for each axle, similar to the Genesis derivative EVs. The motors could generate around 270 kW (362 hp) of combined power and approximately 700 Nm (516 lb.-ft.) of combined torque. An 87.2 kWh battery pack with a multi-charging system supporting ultra-fast charging could be standard. The range as per the South Korea certification method could fall between 400 and 450 km (249-280 miles).

New Hyundai Grandeur Design

The combustion-engined seventh-gen Hyundai Grandeur features a futuristic design with some hints of the original model that give it a classy retro touch. There’s a much higher level of sophistication, so high that many would fail to recognize it as a Hyundai without the “H” logo at the front and rear.

If you’ve been keeping an eye on Hyundai’s Asian market launches, the front-end of the Grandeur would look familiar. It has a space-age appearance with a ‘Parametric Jewel Grille’ featuring unique patterns, ‘Horizon Lamp’ (a thin horizontal light blade stretching across the width), and vertical headlamps positioned unusually lower. The spaceship-like look was introduced in the Staria, offered in select European countries like Germany and Turkey as well, and the Stargazer.

A single character line flows back from the headlamps to the rear combination lamp. Along with the frameless doors and auto flush-mounted door handles, it accentuates the car’s neat and contemporary style. The stretched wheelbase cements the status of a large sedan with a spacious cabin. The dropping roof line, sharply angled C-pillar, and opera window-like quarter glass give the car an old-school look. These retro touches are a throwback to the first-gen Grandeur.

The ‘Seamless Horizon’ design returns in a super-slim tail lamp spanning the car’s taut rear-end, underlining the width and confident stance of the sedan. Wide-spaced model inscription and a clean design for the boot lid and bumper add to the car’s polished look here.

New Hyundai Grandeur dimensions

According to a post dated September 27, 2022, on Autospy, the next-gen Hyundai Grandeur measures 5,035 mm in length, 1,880 mm in width, and 1,460 mm in height. It has a 2,895 mm wheelbase.

As shown in the table below, the redesigned Grandeur is reportedly longer, wider, and lower than the current model. The implication is more interior space, as the sedan appeals to chauffeur-driven markets in the Middle East, China, and its home market in South Korea. Hyundai has sold over 2 million units of the nameplate since its launch in 1986, and in 2020, it was the best-selling car in South Korea for the fifth consecutive year, appreciated for these strengths.

AspectSeventh-gen Grandeur DimensionSixth-gen Grandeur DimensionDifference
Length5,035 mm4,990 mm+45 mm
Width1,880 mm1,875 mm+5 mm
Height1,460 mm1,470 mm-10 mm
Wheelbase2,895 mm2,885 mm+10 mm
Seventh-gen Hyundai Grandeur dimensions (as reported by Autospy) compared with sixth-gen Hyundai Grandeur dimensions.

New Hyundai Grandeur Interior

The interior of the all-new Hyundai Grandeur looks modern with minimalist vibes, but just like its exterior, it harks back to the first generation model. Consider the three-spoke steering wheel, for instance, which is inspired by the single-spoke steering wheel of the 1986 Hyundai Grandeur. However, it’s a 21st century interpretation of that classic steering wheel, featuring backlighting (and maybe even touch-capacitive controls) for easier operation of various functions.

An ambient lighting strip, positioned behind gives the dual-screen panel passively illuminates the dashboard in style. Premium materials like real wood, aluminum, and naturally dyed Nappa leather would make customers forget they are sitting in a Hyundai, not a Genesis.

The wide AC vents on the dashboard are in line with the sleek and low-profile theme of the car’s overall design. A slim control panel below these vents provides physical controls for the infotainment system’s basic functions like power on/off, volume, navigation, radio tuning, etc. The gear knob is on the steering wheel, which leads to a more spacious, neater, and more convenient storage area in the floor console.

Three large screens

The highlight of the all-new Hyundai Grandeur has to be the triple-screen layout, which is quite similar to what Audi and Land Rover drivers are used to. There’s be ample digital real estate in the car.

2024 Hyundai Grandeur dashboard side view
The next-gen Hyundai Grandeur has a triple-screen setup in the cockpit area, reminding us of luxury cars from Audi and Land Rover. Image Source: Hyundai

Two large screens—a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen infotainment system have been housed in a single black panel. The screen block looks upright and not canted towards the driver like we’ve seen on many modern cars. This panel doesn’t end at the screen abrubtly on either side. There is a vertical extension with a sensor or something else integrated into it on the driver side and a horizontal extension ending in a drop-down effect on the passenger side. The latter features vertical lines with blue backlighting for a premium look.

The biggest novelty factor is a third, floating touchscreen below the control panel, allowing the driver and front passenger to conveniently adjust comfort functions. USB Type-C ports can be seen under this screen. There’s an illuminated pocket under the ports, and it serves as a wireless charging deck.

Individual rear seats

The Korean Car Blog reports that Hyundai will offer an ultra-luxurious version with individual rear seats, which should get electric adjustments and leg rest. The middle seat could see foldable working tables, while the seatback could house a mini-fridge to accommodate a champagne bottle. The rear seats could be reclinable, like in the Ioniq 5.

On the 2023 Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid

The Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid is South Korea’s best-selling hybrid car and packs 2.4-liter petrol with a 38 kW (51 PS) electric motor. The 2023 Hyundai Grandeur Hybrid (codename: Hyundai GN7h), according to The Korean Car Blog, could use the Kia K8’s 1.6-liter turbo hybrid powertrain, which combines a 180 PS gasoline engine with a 44 kW (59 PS) electric motor. Hyundai is yet to confirm the specifications of the new Grandeur.

Next-gen Hyundai Grandeur release date

The next-gen Hyundai Grandeur should go on sale in South Korea in November 2022. The Hybrid variant could be available right from launch, while the rumored electric variant could follow next year.

According to a report Motorgraph published on August 26, 2022, Hyundai will start trial production of the next-gen Grandeur at its Asan (South Korea) plant by the end of October 2022 and begin mass production in November 2022. The company could launch the all-new sedan in the domestic market by the end of November 2022.

According to the information local publication Maekyung.com published on October 19, 2022, Hyundai has received 80,000 pre-orders for the Grandeur. There could be a waiting period of three to six months for the deliveries — about ten months if we talk about the Hybrid variant. It remains to be seen whether demand for the normal and/or hybrid variant(s) impacts the roll out of the Grandeur EV.

Hyundai Grandeur sales

The Grandeur is an automotive legend in the South Korean car market, and the launch of a Grandeur EV would be a banner moment. The best-selling Hyundai in the brand’s home market from the last five years (via mk.co.kr) saw a total sales of 89,084 units in 2021. While the car was once again the no. 1 Hyundai in terms of sales in 2021, the volume has fallen considerably since 2020. A full redesign should help sales recover to a six-digit figure in 2023.

YearHyundai Grandeur sales (S. Korea)
201668,409
2017131,950
2018113,101
2019103,349
2020145,463
202189,084
Hyundai Grandeur sales in South Korea (Source: Hyundai)

Hyundai EV strategy

Hyundai Motor Company aims to sell 1.87 million EVs annually and take a 7% market share in the global EV market by 2030, President and CEO Jaehoon Chang announced at the company’s 2022 CEO Investor Day on March 2, 2022. It plans to introduce 17 EVs by 2030, 11 with the Hyundai badge and 6 with the Genesis emblem. Three of the 11 upcoming Hyundai EVs will be sedans, one of which will likely be the Grandeur EV.

TopElectricSUV says

The Grandeur has been the undisputed champion among passenger cars in South Korea for half a decade, and with the country quickly shifting to the EV lane, understandably Hyundai wants an all-electric Grandeur in showrooms. Low-roof cars, particularly sedans, are still hot in this part of the world, and Hyundai will bank on that popularity for the success of its four-door EVs.

The Grandeur was exported also as the Azera to several countries. The original car was mostly discontinued due to low demand and the emergence of Genesis, but now with the clear advantage of an EV powertrain, Hyundai must be tempted to give Grandeur another go in the export markets!

Hyundai Grandeur EV FAQs

What is the Hyundai Grandeur EV release date?

2023 could see the market launch of the Hyundai Grandeur EV. Petrol & Hybrid variants will precede it this year.

What is the expected price of the Hyundai Grandeur EV?

The Grandeur EV should cost the equivalent of USD 50,000 when it launches.

Will Hyundai release the new Grandeur Hybrid/EV globally?

While there could be a small volume of exports earmarked, the focus of the new Grandeur should be on S.Korea where it is a best seller.

Featured Image: Hyundai