The Hyundai Azera was one of the first cars that proved the South Korean manufacturer was making a worthy effort to move up market. However, the brand’s other well-received models such as the Genesis, the Sonata and the new Veloster overshadowed its sales and awareness. Despite this, Hyundai continued to sell the Azera so in order to keep up with the times, Hyundai has just revealed the all-new 2012 Azera today at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Captivating much of the same “Fluidic Sculpture” design language, the new Azera gives up its anonymous looks of the previous generation for something that looks like a larger Sonata, and that’s a good thing.
Powering the all-new 2012 Azera is Hyundai’s Lambda II 3.3L GDI V6. With the help of direct injection, extraordinarily high-pressure fuel injection and Hyundai embracing the classic saying, “there’s no replacement for displacement,” the Azera churns out 293-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque.
Mated to Hyundai’s in-house six-speed automatic that now comes with an “Active Eco” mode, allowing it to achieve a projected 20/29 mpgs city/highway, a 5% boost over the outgoing model.
The 2012 Hyundai Azera is set to launch in February of 2012 with pricing to follow closer to that date.