2012 Hyundai Azera
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Details Announced on 2012 Hyundai Azera at Los Angeles Auto Show

Just hours before its announcement at the Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai has released complete details on the 2012 Hyundai Azera. It is the last of Hyundai's products to receive a major makeover in the last 24 months.

The Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI engine is the heart of the 2012 Azera. It produces a best-in-class specific output of 88.8 horsepower per liter, while having the smallest displacement V6 in the segment. This engine has a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. It is rated at 293 horsepower and 255 lb. ft. of torque.

The engine is mated to Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission with shifttronic manual control. Azera's powertrain also has an Active Eco mode, which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy that translates into more than a 5 percent improvement in real-world fuel economy.

Safety in the Azera is being enhanced by structurally improved seats. Hyundai engineers have developed an impact-reducing seat system for the Azera that eliminates the need for active front head restraints and is expected to reduce head and neck injuries by 17 percent over the front seats in the previous generation, which had active front head restraints. This result is achieved through optimization of seat back structure to further absorb impacts.

Hyundai is comparing the Azera to the Buick LaCrosse, Nissan Maxima, Toyota Avalon, Ford Taurus, Lexus ES 350 and Acura TL. The Azera has estimated fuel economy of 20-mpg city and 29-mpg highway for a combined fuel economy of 23 mpg. That puts it on par with the TL and Avalon for best-in-class fuel economy.

Other highlights of the 2012 Hyundai Azera include:

  • • Nine standard airbags – includes knee airbag
  • • Impact-reducing front seat system
  • • Standard VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS with Brake Assist and EBD
  • • Best-in-class head and leg room for front-seat passengers
  • • Standard 18-inch alloy wheels and optional 19-inch alloy wheels
  • • HID Xenon headlights with LED accents
  • • Segment-exclusive standard navigation system with rearview camera
  • • Standard leather interior with heated front and rear seats
  • • Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition
  • • Standard Blue Link telematics platform
  • • Segment-first manual side window sunshades
  • • Ventilated front seats

The exterior of the all-new Azera is long, light and low. The unique, undulating beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by the third window and wraparound LED taillights. A monoform side profile includes flowing lines. The face is masculine with a large powerful chrome grille and HID headlamps that integrate precise details. The stance is completed by available 19-inch multi-spoke wheels.

Leather seating surfaces are standard. A ten-way power driver and eight-way front passenger's seats are standard equipment. The driver's seat has an optional cushion extension and an integrated memory system for the seat, steering wheel and side mirrors.

The Azera rides on a 112-inch wheelbase, with an overall length of 193.3 inches and width of 73.2 inches. These exterior dimensions size Azera between the Sonata and Genesis models. It also has best-in-class front head and leg room.

Touch-screen navigation with backup camera is standard on all Azeras. No other car in the segment offers navigation with a backup camera as standard equipment. This easy-to-use unit can be controlled via seven-inch WVGA touchscreen or voice-activation by a headliner-mounted microphone. The system features 8GB of flash memory and comes matched with a sound system that plays compact discs, accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and passengers to access their personal listening devices through the iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs.

Azera is available with two audio systems. Standard is a Dimension AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with seven-speakers and iPod®/USB/auxiliary input jacks. An Infinity 550-watt, Logic 7 audio system with 12 speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer and external amplifier is available.

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