It appears that Hyundai got pumped up with all the positive responses it got for recreating the Pony hatchback, or maybe someone at Hyundai loves classics just as much as some of us. Either way, what we’re seeing here is an all-electric restomod of the original (1st gen) Hyundai Grandeur sedan—which interestingly was a rebadged Mitsubishi Debonair. It was only from the 3rd generation the Grandeur was a full Hyundai.
But anyway, enough of the history lesson, let’s take a look at the Grandeur restomod. Speaking of which, the exterior gets the Parametric Pixel elements—such as the headlights, taillights and the front grille. The retro-themed wheels also remind us of the aforementioned Pony hatchback. Notice the new mirrors that match the wheels and door cladding.
For the cabin, the designers applied a “Newtro” (newness + retro) theme—combining bronze-colored lighting that is reminiscent of period audio equipment, and a modern sound system—an 18-speaker sound system tuned by South Korean sound designer Guk-il Yu. There’s also a piano function that can be enjoyed when the vehicle is parked. The front seats are upholstered with burgundy velvet—inspired by the original Grandeur, combined with Nappa leather on the back with shoe-like laces—which is my personal favorite design element inside. There are, of course, digital displays at the front, and also, notice an aircraft thrust lever-like gear selector.
The Hyundai Heritage Series Grandeur will be on display at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang till November 14 and then moves to Seoul Motorstudio where it’ll be on display till Nov 21, 2021.
Hyundai didn’t share any technical details of this electric Grandeur restomod, but come on, does it really matter?