The Hyundai XG300 displaced the Sonata as the Korean brands flagship in 2001. Known in South Korea as the Grandeur or Grandeur XG, the 2001 Hyundai XG300 featured a healthy amount of refinement and standard equipment. Targeted as a competitor to the entry-level sedans produced by Acura, Lexus and Buick, the XG300s advantage was value. The front-wheel drive sedans exterior equipment included standard 15-inch aluminum wheels, four-wheel disc brakes and traction control.
Inside the five-passenger interior of the base 2001 Hyundai XG300, occupants will find automatic climate control, CF player, front and side airbags and keyless entry included as high-end comforts. The top-trimmed 2001 Hyundai XG300 L model added heated seats, power sunroof as well as a steering wheel appointed in wood and leather. Other imaginative features found inside the XG300s cabin consists of concealed front cupholders and a coin drawer. Powered through a 3.0-liter V-6 from Hyundai Sigma engine family, the 2001 XG300 sedans motion was influenced by 192 horsepower and 178 pound-feet of torque.
A five-speed automatic transmission featuring Shiftronic manual control provides a smooth transition of power. With 0 to 60-mile per hour acceleration times measured in 9.8 seconds, the XG300 also performed well in regards to fuel efficiency. Overall fuel mileage for combined city/highway driving is 23 miles per gallon of gasoline. The premium sedans name changed to the XG350 in 2002 reflecting on the increased engine displacement size.