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2018 Hyundai Azera: Returning to the US as the Grandeur?

With the Grandeur name trademarked in the US, Hyundai could be getting back into the large-sedan game.

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Following the 2017 model year, Hyundai dropped the Azera from its US lineup due to slow sales.

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In other markets, an all-new Azera was recently launched.

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Depending on the market, Hyundai's large sedan is known as either the Azera or the Grandeur.

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In the US, Hyundai has just trademarked the Grandeur name.

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Hyundai locking up the Grandeur name could signal its return to the large-sedan segment.

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The launch of the Genesis luxury brand saw Hyundai lose the Genesis sedan, which made the Sonata the flagship of the sedan lineup.

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The new Azera/Grandeur is available with a 2.4-liter four-cylinder or a range of V6 engines.

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The 3.5-liter V6 works with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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For safety, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control are available on the new Azera/Grandeur.     

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If the Grandeur does surface in the US, it would become Hyundai's new flagship sedan.  

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