The Hyundai Grandeur is a mid-size/full-size sedan manufactured and marketed globally by Hyundai Motor Company since 1986. The Grandeur has evolved through five generations with intermediate restylings, and is marketed under various nameplates worldwide — prominently as the Hyundai Azera. As the Azera, it was considered the flagship model of Hyundai’s United States lineup until the arrival of the Genesis sedan. Currently the Azera slots between the midsize Sonata and the Genesis sedan.
The Grandeur XG was a mid-size luxury car. In some other markets, namely North America, it was called the Hyundai XG. The first two generations were essentially rebadged Mitsubishi Debonairs, with the third generations developed entirely by Hyundai, with technical experience learned from the first two generations. It shared a platform and engines with the Kia Opirus (Amanti in North America). After their success with the Grandeur, Hyundai decided to develop the next generation Grandeur on their own from the ground up with the technology they have accumulated through the past Grandeur generations. This allowed Hyundai to export the XG outside South Korea without any possible legal issues.
The XG300 debuted in 2000 with a 3.0 L Sigma V6.
It was called the XG30 in Europe and in Asian countries. It was produced from 2001 to 2003. A 2.5 litre model, called XG25, was also sold in some countries such as France. The XG30 boasted many options available to only high-end luxury models at the time such as the Mercedes E-class and BMW 5-series. The XG30 is also longer and wider than most of its rivals, and it is just a fraction smaller than the Audi A6.
Acceleration: 0–60 mph in 8.5 seconds
Top speed: 225 km/h (140 mph)
Power: 193 bhp (144 kW)
The XG350 name was used as of 2002 to reflect the new 3.5 L version of the Sigma V6. The model received a mild facelift two years later.
The XG350 L featured more options such as heated seats, 210 watt Infinity sound system with 6 speakers and a trunk mounted 8 disk CD changer, wood and leather steering wheel, moon roof, 10 spoke alloy rims. It featured 200 hp (150 kW) and 216LB torque.
2.0 and 2.5 Delta engines were available in South Korea.