You may think the 2011 Hyundai Azera is starting to look a bit dated. The current Azera has been rolling off the production line since 2006, but Hyundai America CEO, John Krafcik, recently announced that there’ll be big changes for Hyundai’s affordable large car in 2012. “We're in the final stages of ride/handling tuning for the 2012 Azera, and it's dialing in nicely,” says Krafcik via Hyundai’s Twitter account. “Look out for it at the LA Auto Show.”
Official photos of the 2012 Azera have not been released, but the automotive press is fairly confident that the new Azera will closely resemble the Hyundai Grandeur, which is currently on sale in South Korea. Car and Driver surmises, “The last-gen Azera was marketed as the Grandeur there, and we see no reason that will change with this generation of Azera and Grandeur.”
The restyled Azera is also expected to take many of its styling cues from the Hyundai Sonata. “If you like the Sonata’s interpretation of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design theme, then the Azera will not disappoint,” says Motor Trend. “It will sport the same waterfall-style grill along with dramatic character lines, especially at the rear.”
Powertrain, specs and pricing information has not yet been released by Hyundai. “But a new 3.3-liter direct injection V6 engine is expected to power the redesigned Azera,” says Autoweek. “Dealers who have seen the car have said the engine will produce around 300 hp.”
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