2012 Hyundai Azera (Grandeur) First Look

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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.

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Comments (5)
  1. Having both the Sonata and the Azera seems cannibalistic at this point...

  2. Swing and a miss on styling, which is unusual for Hyundai recently, the Sonata, and upcoming new Elantra are much better looking.

  3. Kinda looks like a chrysler sebring from the front

  4. From the video, the car actually looks beautiful! The shape is very elegant and slick. From the front, I thought it was a MB E-class...Nice job Hyundai

  5. A 300hp FWD car? It looks hot, I love it. Just wish it was AWD at least.

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