Next-gen 2022 Hyundai Azera/Grandeur hybrid confirmed, could be 5m+ long

According to a Korean Car Blog report, the next generation 2022 Hyundai Azera (called Hyundai Grandeur in its home market of South Korea) will be a significant step up from the current-gen model to maintain its positioning as the flagship Hyundai model on sale.

Hyundai Grandeur or Hyundai Azera front
The current sixth-generation Hyundai Azera, given a facelift in 2019, is the best-selling car in South Korea for the past four years. Image: Hyundai

While the Hyundai Azera/Grandeur is currently the flagship, its past has been overshadowed by the Genesis G80 from 2016. The Azera occupied an in-between position of a high-end Hyundai, slotting between the Sonata and G80. With Genesis products being woven into their brand and getting dedicated dealerships, Hyundai can refocus on the Azera now. There is a significant pricing gap between the Genesis and Sonata (the most expensive Hyundai sedan on sale in the USA) of nearly USD 10,000, which is a wide enough opening for the Azera nameplate to make a comeback, as per reports.

The upcoming seventh-generation Hyundai Azera (codenamed Hyundai GN7) will reportedly exceed the 5-meter mark in length, a first in the nameplate’s 35-year history. The Azera is currently sold in chauffeur-driven markets like China, the Middle East, and in its home market in South Korea and select South East Asian countries. Sales have been on the uptick, with over 2 million units sold since its launch in 1986, and for 2020, the Azera (Grandeur) was the best selling car in South Korea for the fourth consecutive year. The car is standing firm despite the heavy incoming fire from crossovers that have literally conquered every segment.

ElectricVehicleWeb accessed an official document of Hyundai Motor Company of March, which confirms the new Grandeur and Grandeur Hybrid in the model plan for 2022.

The 2022 Hyundai Azera Hybrid or Grandeur Hybrid confirmation
Hyundai Motor Company’s official presentation from March confirms the launch of the all-new Grandeur and Grandeur Hybrid for 2022. The Grandeur is marketed as the Azera overseas.

With every redesign, the Azera’s appeal has been broadened, and the target age group gets younger. We don’t see this changing in the next-generation Azera, which is expected to pack some of the Palisade’s features. These include the VIP package with wing-type headrests with built-in Harmon Kardon speakers for the rear occupants, rear entertainment screen, temperature-controlled cupholders, a 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, air purifier, a color head-up display, and the Safe Exit Assist which uses radar to detect traffic approaching from the rear and alerts the passenger opening the rear door.

Hyundai Grandeur interior
Expect an improved SmartSense packet and features from the high-end Palisade to make their way to the 2022 Hyundai Azera. Pictured here is the cabin of the current gen model. Image: Hyundai

The Hyundai Azera Hybrid (S.Korea’s best-selling hybrid car) is a certainty in the 2022 model. However, the powertrain details are yet to surface. Where the outgoing model packs a 2.4-liter petrol engine with a 38 kW electric motor, the GN7 could use a more powerful version of the Sonata Hybrid’s 2.0-liter hybrid powertrain or even see a turbocharged PHEV variant.

We’ll keep an eye on the progress of the Grandeur/Azera in this page, so be sure to check back later.

2022 Hyundai Azera FAQs

What are the rivals to the Hyundai Azera/Hyundai Grandeur?

If launched in the U.S., main rivals to-be are the Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima.

What is the release date of the new Hyundai Azera?

The next-gen Azera/Grandeur will be launched in 2022, a few months after its unveiling.

What is the expected price of the 2022 Hyundai Azera?

Prices for the 2022 Azera (2022 Grandeur) are expected from 33 million Won (around USD 28,500) in S.Korea.