At first glance you may mistake it for a new Lexus ES, but pictured above is the brand new 2012 Hyundai Azera, which comes on the market with a premium look, a fuel efficient engine, and a roomy cabin.

Like Hyundai’s other recent model launches, the Azera now features the brand’s “fluidic sculpture” design, which has helped the automaker sell a significant number of cars since it was first introduced on the 2010 Hyundai Sonata.

Under the hood is a 3.3-liter Lambda II engine developing 293 horsepower, all of which is then channeled to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai claims the new Azera will deliver a best-in-class combined fuel economy of 23 mpg.

From what we can tell, Hyundai will offer the 2012 Azera in base and Premium models. Base models are expected to start at $32,000, with Premium models selling for $36,000 (although Hyundai hasn’t set the final price just yet).

For more details on the 2012 Hyundai Azera, click here for our previous post.

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