Hyundai pays tribute to OG Grandeur through Heritage Series EV 'resto-mod'


Hyundai is celebrating the 35th anniversary of its flagship sedan, the 1986 Grandeur. The South Korean automotive company has reimagined the OG saloon as an electric vehicle that would make Daft Punk proud.


  • From what model was the Heritage Series Grandeur based?

    The Heritage Series Grandeur was based on the 1986 Grandeur.
  • Where can people see the Heritage Series Grandeur?

    Fans of the Hyundai Grandeur can still check it out at the Seoul Motorstudio from November 16 to 21.
  • Outside is Hyundai’s Parametric Pixel headlamps and taillamps, new side mirrors, covered wheels, and slide cladding. The front grille is reminiscent of the brand’s pixel-style lighting setup which gives the Heritage Series Grandeur a modern retro charm.


    The cabin showcases Hyundai’s Newtro (newness + retro) concept that features bronze-colored lighting. The light beam that begins at the left and right ends of the dashboard extends around the cabin, penetrating the B-pillars, casting a flattering hue across the well-appointed interior.

    Hyundai fitted the Heritage Series Grandeur with an Infinity Mirror that reflects the light and gives the interior a mid-'80s vibe.

    Hyundai’s designers were eager to incorporate modern technology with retro-cool hardware. That said, the Heritage Series Grandeur comes with an ultra-wide, touch-enabled flat-screen display that echoes the style of the ‘80s.


    Audio is delivered via the 4way4 sound system developed by South Korean sound designer Guk-il Yu that controls the 18-speakers. The soundbar even has a piano function that can be played through the audio system when the vehicle is in park.


    Its two front seats are fitted with burgundy velvet, inspired by the original Grandeur, with the unexpected twist of elegantly stitched and laced auburn Napa leather on the back.


    Alongside the infotainment system is a single-spoke steering wheel and jet airplane-style gear selector.

    The center console armrest contains a hidden pop-out compartment for storing valuables.


    “As our designers conceive the future, it’s important to look back on what we’ve created in the past and find inspiration in it. With the Heritage Series Grandeur, our designers have reinterpreted an important part of Hyundai’s history as a wonderfully unique blend of vintage and contemporary that reflects the boundless possibilities of our EV era,” commented Hyundai Design Center Head of Interior Group Hak-soo Ha.

    The Hyundai Heritage Series Grandeur was on display at Hyundai Motorstudio Goyang through November 14. It moves to the Seoul Motorstudio from November 16 to 21.

    Photos from Hyundai

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