Known as the Hyundai Grandeur in other parts of the world, the Azera was introduced in 1986 as the company’s flagship model. Initially a boxy, rebadged Mitsubishi Debonair, the Azera became a model entirely developed by Hyundai in 1998, when the third-generation car, now downgraded to a midsize, was launched. The fourth-gen model debuted in North America in 2006 and remained Hyundai’s flagship offering until 2009, when the full-size Genesis took over. The Azera was significantly redesigned for 2012, when it received the company’s "fluidic sculpture" styling language and an updated, 3.3-liter V-6 that generates 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. As we venture into the 2015 model year, Hyundai is introducing a revised version of the fifth-gen Azera in an attempt to keep its sedan fresh.
Changes are far from massive, but I can understand not going too far with this facelift. The Azera is only three years old and Hyundai is likely already working on the next-gen model, which should be a far cry from the current sedan if the company’s current strategy is any indication of the future. Meanwhile, let’s have a look at the updates Hyundai has prepared for its midsize four-door.
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Hyundai is doing well these days. Its sedan lineup includes classy models ranging from bargain transportation to Lexus- and Mercedes-rivaling luxury. With a total of five separate, true-sedan designs, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about the middle-child Azera.
Flanked by the Elantra and Sonata below, and the Genesis and Equus above, the Azera hangs precariously somewhere in no-man’s-land looking for buyers craving just the right about of options, luxury, and price. Never mind it shares those same options and levels of luxury with the Sonata and Genesis – all packaged within a design that share nearly identical exterior and interior dimensions.
Perhaps that is why Hyundai has lowered the Azera’s asking price in 2014 while bumping up its standard features. Nevertheless, the Azera soldiers on another year with Hyundai’s second slowest sales numbers (only the $61,000 Equus sold fewer) in hopes of building a market for itself. Don’t hear it wrong, the Azera is a great car with plenty of features and standard equipment making it competitive within its class. Its only major downfall is obscurity within its own lineup.
With that said, clicking past the jump will give an in-depth view of the 2014 Azera and the options and amenities that make it the competitive sedan you’ve never heard about.
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Hyundai has unveiled the second generation Azera at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. This is the fifth vehicle to adopt the company’s signature Fluidic Sculpture design language next to the Tucson, Accent, Elantra, and Sonata models. The Hyundai Azera will go on sale in February 2012.
The new Fluidic Sculpture design language the Azera has adopted allows the luxury sedan to be longer, lighter, and lower. With these changes, the model will offer more than 45 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom for front-seat passengers.
Under the hood, the new Azera will offer a new 3.3-liter V6 engine with direct injection that will deliver 293 HP and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission and will deliver a fuel economy of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
UPDATE 11/16/11: This review has been updated with the official details and images for the Hyundai Azera.
UPDATE 02/15/12: Hyundai has officially released the official price for the 2012 Azera that is now officially on sale. Prices will start from $32,000 for the extraordinarily well-equipped Azera and $36,000 for the range-topping Azera with Technology Package.
Before the Genesis was flying the flag of affordable luxury, the Hyundai Azera was the up and coming Korean automaker’s upscale model, and although it is no longer their top rung offering, Hyundai is still working hard for the cause as is evident by the new 2011 Azera sedan that was unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show with sales slated to begin this spring. Exterior upgrades for the new car include redesigned headlights, tail lamps and fog lights and a new grill as well as revised more aggressive bumper fascias. The side mirrors, window trim, trunk lid and alloy wheels are all new as well.
The 2011 model benefits from two new versions of the Lambda V6 engine with improved power and fuel economy combined with an all new six speed automatic transmission. The 3.3 Liter DOHC Lambda six cylinder produces a total of 260 HP and 233 lb-ft of torque while the larger 3.8 Liter version delivers an estimated 283 HP and 263 lb-ft of twist. Thus adding an extra element of oomph to the and efficiency to the high end Azera.
Press release after the jump.
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.
Available in dealerships from Fall 2005, the new 2006 Hyundai Azera is destined to redefine the way people think about premium sedans. That’s because the terms “premium” and “attainable” have been exclusive until now. With segment-leading standard safety technology (including Electronic Stability Control) and upscale convenience features, the Azera proves that impressive content and affordability can happily coexist.