The affordable large car segment is starting to get just a little overcrowded, and in a time where customers all around the world are downsizing to smaller, mid-size models, performance, fuel-economy and overall value is now more important than ever.
South Korea’s entrants in this field have been winning plenty of accolades lately, especially cars like the Hyundai Genesis and the recently revealed Kia Optima, and now Hyundai looks set to continue this trend with a replacement for its aging Azera sedan, designed to meet the Germans on their own ground with a dramatic new look and packed with technology and features inside.
Positioned between the Sonata and the Genesis, the 2012 Hyundai Azera is expected to come onto the market next summer and feature the automaker’s latest take on the `fluidic sculpture’ design philosophy. The new video shows a very stylish sedan, with the best elements of the Sonata and even some influences from Hyundai’s Equus flagship featuring in the design for the new Azera.
The car is expected to be launched with two different V-6 engines: a 3.8-liter Lambda unit with 305 horsepower on tap and a smaller 3.3-liter mill already sold overseas. Hyundai’s new six-speed automatic transmission with pseudo manual mode will likely be standard across the range.