Packed with even more luxury and safety features, the Azera returns in 2007 to further define how consumers think about premium sedans by offering additional value. With its enhanced interior, added convenience features and standard safety technologies, the 2007 Azera is a luxurious, yet practical alternative for consumers in the market for other premium vehicles like the Lexus ES 350, Mercedes Benz E-Class and BMW 760i.
NEW FOR 2007
- Sideview mirrors with side marker indicators added to Ultimate Package
- Enchanced electroluminescent cluster display standard on all Limited models
- Steering wheel audio controls with seek up/down standard on all models
- Black leather interior receives light gray contrasting stitching
First unveiled for the 2006 model year, the Azera has quickly proven itself as a strong seller and competitor to the Toyota Avalon. For example, it ranked higher than Avalon and earned second place in its segment in the 2006 Initial Quality Study issued by J.D. Power and Associates - an uncommon feat for a car in its first year on the market. It is also the Most Appealing Large Car in the 2006 J.D. Power and Associates Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study and has received the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s (IIHS) top crash test rating for frontal offset impacts.
STRIKING FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Hyundai appreciates the power of first impressions, and one look at its premium flagship sedan - the Azera - is proof. The proportions are graceful, purposeful and aerodynamically efficient, offering a minimum of wind noise, maximum stability on the highway and a spacious cabin. With the perfect combination of comfort, room and power, the 2007 Azera delivers on Hyundai’s promise of superior safety and value.
Maintaining Hyundai’s emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, the 2007 Azera boasts impressive active and passive safety features to protect its occupants in the event of a collision - helping it earn the IIHS’s top crash test ratings for frontal offset impacts. The Azera continues to set new standards by making key life-saving active safety technology such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with a Traction Control System (TCS) standard. Also standard are independent double-wishbone front and multi-link rear suspension, large four-wheel disc brakes, and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).
Additionally, the Azera offers impressive passive safety features, including eight standard airbags, active front head restraints to help prevent whiplash, a child seat Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system, and three-point seatbelts for all positions. Shingle-style rear seat head restraints provide drivers with improved visibility. Security is further advanced with an anti-theft engine immobilizer and remote keyless entry.
The 2007 Azera offers luxurious appointments and spaciousness that rivals the finest premium competitor brands. It offers a roomy ride, with nearly 44 inches of legroom and more than 38 inches of legroom for rear-seat passengers. Hyundai engineers have created efficient packaging to maximize interior volume - with the 2007 Azera offering more interior volume (123.5 cubic-ft.) than the Avalon, Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedans and the BMW 760i.
Special attention has been paid to other interior details, such as the enhanced electroluminescent cluster display and new steering wheel audio control functions, new for 2007. Other unexpected luxury appointments include rain-sensing wipers, power adjustable foot pedals and power folding exterior sideview mirrors with turn signal indicators.
The Azera comes standard with dual front automatic climate controls, electrochromic auto-dimming mirror with HomeLinkâ, power driver and passenger seats, and woodgrain and metalgrain interior accents. The Azera is also now available in beige or gray premium cloth (SE) and beige, gray and black leather (Limited) interior.
An AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system that includes a four-channel, 172-watt internal amplifier and six speakers, comes standard in the Azera. Audiophiles with even more demanding tastes will be impressed by the available Infinity™ audio system that includes a 7-channel, 315-watt amplifier with an in-dash six-disc CD changer and 10 speakers, optional on both the SE and Limited trim levels.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE
The Azera delivers a powerful performance thanks to its clean and efficient all-aluminum 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine, which delivers 263 horsepower and 257 lb-ft. of torque. To maximize the power spread, the engine utilizes Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and a Variable Intake System to help cylinders breathe efficiently at both low and high rpm.
Compared to its primary competitors, the Azera offers more standard horsepower than the Ford Five Hundred, Buick LaCrosse and even the BMW 530i. Even with its impressive output, the Azera remains environmentally friendly, achieving Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) certification levels.
The 3.8-liter engine is matched to Hyundai’s five-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control. This transmission offers smooth shifts and a wide spread of ratios that ideally suit the engine’s characteristics. The transmission is fully adaptive to add to driver control.
COMFORTABLE AND CONTROLLED SUSPENSION
Hyundai engineers benchmarked some of the best cars in the category before designing the Azera’s unibody and four-wheel independent suspension system. Utilizing high-tensile steel in critical areas in the unibody increases stiffness and ensures formidable resistance to flexing, enhancing ride and handling qualities and lowering noise levels inside the vehicle. To this rigid structure is attached a double-wishbone front suspension and multi-link rear suspension system complete with specially tuned twin-tube gas-charged dampers and front and rear stabilizer bars. The stiff body allowed Hyundai engineers to deliver a driving dynamics package that offered both a comfortable, quiet ride, as well as precise steering and handling.
The Azera is available in two tire sizes: the SE uses 16-inch alloy wheels with 225/60VR16 tires, while the Limited gets 17-inch wheels and 235/55VR17 tires.
The Azera SE is an upscale, stylish large sedan designed for consumers who are interested in a unique combination of spaciousness, performance, and safety technologies. It includes an impressive range of standard features that give it a competitive edge. A partial list of features includes a powerful 3.8-liter DOHC V6 engine with 263 horsepower, a smooth-shifting five-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual control, standard Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, and eight airbags. Upscale features include LED tail and brake lamps, electrochromatic mirror with compass and HomeLinkâ, power driver and passenger seats, and active dual front head restraints. The optional premium package offers a power sunroof and a powerful 315-watt Infinity™ audio system.
An extraordinary array of standard features and amenities define the prestigious Azera Limited, Hyundai’s ultimate flagship sedan. Standard features include 17-inch alloy wheels with 235/55VR17 tires, leather seating, heated front seats, and an all-new electroluminescent instrument cluster. The Limited also has steering-wheel and door pull wood trim, a power rear sunshade, and bumper moldings with chrome-inserts. The Infinity™ audio system, power adjustable tilt-and-telescopic steering column, integrated memory system, power-adjustable foot pedals and rain-sensing wipers are among the available, highly desirable upgrades. Azera Limited with Ultimate Package also receives power-folding exterior mirrors with turn signal indicators.