Hyundai said on August 24 that it has decided to name the new full-size sedan as “Aslan,” the model to fill the slot between the Grandeur and the Genesis. The company will launch the model early next month at the earliest. Aslan is “lion” in Turkish.
[ads id=”0″ style=”float:left;padding:9px;”]A Hyundai Motor official said, “We came to a conclusion to name the new car Aslan as it connotes charisma and strength. The Aslan is bigger than the Grandeur but smaller than the Genesis. As it shares the platform with the Grandeur, its height and width are identical to those of the Grandeur. The length of 4.96 meters is about 5 centimeters longer than the Grandeur but 3 centimeters shorter than the Genesis.”
The engines are in two sizes at 3.0 and 3.3 liters V6 GDi, bigger than those of the Grandeur which are 2.4 and 3.0 liters. The price range will be set between the early and mid-40 million level. The model had been unveiled in the Busan Motor Show in May this year. According to the company, the model is for domestic consumers only, with no plan for overseas markets.
The company expects the new model to defend its turf from import models such as the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Audi A6. The company official said, “To target customers who prefer German luxury sedans, we focused our effort to minimize the noise and vibration as much as possible.”