Hyundai’s Azera nameplate has lost much of its shine since the Korean brand's more upmarket Genesis and Equus models arrived on the scene, with the Genesis in particular outselling the Azera as much as three to one last year. Nevertheless, the Azera remains on the market and for the 2015 model year will be receiving a few updates. These are the first updates for the current-generation Azera, which was all-new for the 2012 model year.
The updated 2015 Azera made its debut over the weekend at the 2014 Miami Auto Show, bringing with it some new styling and more standard tech features. On the outside, the grille and bumpers have been revised and new LED fog lights made available on certain trims. The standard 18-inch wheels also receive a new pattern and the color palette has been expanded.
Inside, the center stack design has been revamped and plenty of tech features made standard. These include an eight-inch display, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane change assist, illuminated treadplates and a hands-free trunk opener.
The 2015 Azera has also been equipped with Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link interface which includes a vehicle monitoring app. This allows owners to monitor a driver’s behavior behind the wheel (usually a parent monitoring their teen) by getting information on speed, hours of operation and movements sent directly via text message, e-mail or both.
The sole powertrain is a 3.3-liter V-6 that delivers 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. It’s unchanged from the previous year; a standard six-speed automatic transmission also carries over.