The 2012 Hyundai Azera has been out for pretty much all of 2011--in its home market of South Korea, under the name Grandeur. We'll be getting the U.S. version of the car at this fall's 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, the company announced today via Twitter.
The announcement is unsurprising--for a U.S. 2012 model-year launch, Los Angeles is the last stop before the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. All the same, the Azera looks poised to help bolster Hyundai's climb up the mainstream ranks to near-luxury status, or, in the case of the Genesis and Equus, full luxury status.
Though sold overseas with two engines, a 3.8-liter V-6 used in several other Hyundai cars in the U.S., and a smaller 3.0-liter V-6 we don't see here, we expect only the larger of the two to be offered here. A four-cylinder option is also a possibility.
As a front-driver, the Azera fosters no real sporting pretensions, but that's already covered elsewhere in the Hyundai lineup anyway. It does look to be aiming further up-market than the last-generation Azera, with a crisply modern look and--we expect--top-rate interior for its price range as well.
All of the official details and images will come this fall, and we'll be live on hand to bring it to you.