2018 Hyundai Azera revealed with handsome new look

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A new generation of the Hyundai Azera is set to go on sale in Korea in November, where it is known as the Grandeur.

The automaker on Thursday released the first photos of the car which has adopted a handsome exterior complete with the “cascading” grille that made its debut on the latest i30 hatchback. The interior, meanwhile, has an upmarket look thanks to two-tone, stitched leather surfaces.

Underpinning the car is a platform shared with the latest Kia Cadenza. No specs have been released but we can expect a front-wheel-drive layout and a V-6 engine matching the outgoing Azera’s 293 horsepower. Look for Hyundai’s new front-wheel-drive-specific 8-speed automatic transmission to be fitted as standard.

The new Azera’s availability in the United States is yet to be confirmed but we’ll likely see it here in the second half of 2017, as a 2018 model. Pricing should lie close to the outgoing model’s $34k starting figure.

It’s possible we’ll see the car in mid-November at the 2016 Los Angeles auto show.

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