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Hyundai Grandeur (XG Grandeur)

XG Grandeur

Make: Hyundai

Model: Grandeur

Released: Jan 1970

Discontinued: Jan 2004

Hyundai logo1 Sep 1999

By CHRIS HARRIS

The South Korean company's first crack at the luxury segment was an unmitigated flop in more ways than one.

Based on the 1998 front-wheel drive EF Sonata platform, the '99 XG Grandeur arrived straight from the factory with roly-poly American-market suspension settings for a sick-inducing, tyre-squealing experience.

Add strange styling and a chintzy interior and it's not hard to see why Australians kept away in their thousands - although around 4200 finally found homes here.

Under the engine bay lurked a 141kW/260Nm 3.0-litre V6 mated to a slick five-speed automatic gearbox.

There were two models available – the base model and the XG, with the XG adding powered front seats, leather trim and climate control to a wide range of standard items such as dual airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control.

Hyundai discontinued the model when the South Korean factory took over distribution from the Singaporean-based Astre Automotive in late 2003, waiting until the next-generation model appeared in early ’06.

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