Hot News: New Hyundai Azera to Debut at LA Show 2011


If you’ve forgotten about the Hyundai Azera, we don’t blame you. The full-size sedan has been upstaged by almost every model the automaker’s line up including the Genesis, Sonata, and Elantra. Today, the automaker announced on Twitter that it’s in the final stages of tuning the ride and handling of the U.S.-spec 2012 Hyundai Azera and that the new Hyundai sedan will make its world debut at the 2011 Los Angeles auto show.

We first learned of the updated Azera last November when we got a hold of renderings of the Korean-spec model. The KDM version looks almost identical what we’re getting, but is instead called the Grandeur. A few months later, we got a better look of the Grandeur/Azera when Hyundai released a video of the new sedan. If you like the Sonata’s interpretation of Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design theme, then the Azera will not disappoint. It will sport the same waterfall-style grill along with dramatic character lines, especially at the rear. Interior shots are harder to come by, but we expect the plush Hyundai to follow the Sonata’s theme.

The bigger sedan will also get a bigger engine. In Korea, the Grandeur is offered with a 3.0-liter, direct-injected V-6 that puts out 270 hp, while other markets also have the option of a smaller 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. It’s rumored that the U.S. version will get an even bigger 3.5-liter V-6 with more than 300 hp. We’ll know closer to its debut.

Also unknown is its price, but should fall in line with its placement between the smaller Sonata and the larger, rear-drive Genesis sedan.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

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