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 |  Feb 14 2012, 2:12 PM

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The new 2012 Hyundai Azera has quite a list of new standard features, which makes the base model 2012 a better outfitted car than the outgoing 2011 fully loaded Azera limited.

The 2012 Azera will have a base MSRP of $32,000 and top out at $36,000 when loaded with the technology package. New standard features on the Azera include push button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlight accents, a 3.3L GDI DOHC V6 with 293 horsepower, heated front and rear seats and Blue Link telematics system.

While the lengthy list of standard features on this car is noteworthy, you must also consider that the base MSRP of the outgoing Azera sat at $29,495,which means standard equipment got a boost, but so did the starting price.

The Azera will get 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined for fuel economy, which is best in class according to Hyundai. Hyundai’s Active Eco system is equipped on the new model and helps to improve fuel economy by five percent.

The Azera will be available with one upgrade – the technology package, which adds xenon headlights, sunroof, infinity premium audio package, a power adjustable steering column, side window shades, interior ambient lighting and rear parking assistance sensors.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera

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 |  Nov 16 2011, 8:56 PM

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Slotting in above the Sonata and below the Genesis sedan, the Azera is Hyundai‘s highest front-drive offering, sitting as a rival to cars like the Toyota Avalon and Nissan Maxima.

It looks like a larger Sonata, and in many ways that’s just what it is, offering the best leg and headroom in its segment. Power comes from a 3.3-liter V6 engine making 293-hp and delivering a class-leading 20-mpg city and 29-mpg highway.

The real selling feature of the new Azera is how well equipped it is, with an extensive list of standard features, and some incredible options too. Interested? Find out more by watching the video below.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera

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 |  Nov 16 2011, 1:30 PM

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If you’re into plus-size models, then you’re sure to appreciate the the all-new Hyundai Azera. Looking like a curvy Sonata but with some more meat on its bones, the Azera is all-new for 2012 and sports a more powerful 3.3-liter V6 engine making 293-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Using a six-speed automatic transmission Hyundai boasts it can achieve 20-mpg in the city and 29-mpg highway for a combined 23-mpg rating, which matches the Acura TL and Toyota Avalon and tops all other rivals (if you don’t include the rear-drive Chrysler 300). Hyundai also touts the car’s power-to-weight ratio, at just 3,600 lbs it’s quite light for a full size car and weighs 200 lbs less than a Buick LaCross and 400 less than a Taurus.

Back to the car’s design, along with a large chrome grille it gets plenty of chrome detailing (perhaps too much), as well as LED taillights and accent lighting, integrated exhaust tips and 18-inch wheels standard (19s are optional).

Fitting between the Sonata and rear-drive Genesis Sedan in the Hyundai lineup, few might remember the old Azera but that’s likely to change now. It stretches 193.3-inches and is 73.2 inches wide. (For perspective, that’s 5-inches shorter and one inch less wide than a Chrysler 300). With all that size, the Azera boasts more front headroom and legroom than any of its front-drive rivals.

Perhaps the Azera’s best selling feature is its extensive list of standard equipment. Included on even base models is leather, dual automatic climate control, a 7-inch display screen with navigation and a back-up camera, a power driver’s seat, proximity key, nine airbags, second row air vents, a cooled glove box, plus heated front and rear seats. Those looking for all the goodies can upgrade to the Tech Package with 19-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, HID lights, a power rear sunshade and manual side rear shades, a 12-speaker 550-watt Infiniti audio system, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, an extendable driver’s seat cushion, vented front seats and rear parking sensors.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera

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 |  Nov 15 2011, 9:45 AM

Hyundai will reveal its new 2012 Azera sedan at this year’s LA Auto Show, but has decided to tease us with a video showcasing some of the Azera’s highlights. The 293-hp V6 sedan boasts a spacious interior, leather seating surfaces, 19-inch wheels, nine airbags and an impressive 29-mpg highway as its standard features.

In the video, Hyundai focuses on the new Fluidic Sculpture design, HID headlights with LED accents, chrome-tipped dual exhaust, LED taillights, 7-inch touchscreen navigation, and panoramic sunroof in the all-new Azera. Clearly Hyundai has another winner here and it looks like with the release of the new Genesis, they’ll be climbing up the ladder of most sought-after vehicle brands.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera Sketches

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 |  Jan 13 2011, 5:08 PM

In the hubub surrounding the Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Genesis, the Hyundai Azera gets overlooked as neither fish nor fowl. The full-size front driver has fallen off the map.

Evidently, there is still a market for the Azera, and the latest generation has just been launched in Korea as the (appropriately named) Grandeur. The new Azera is two inches longer than the outgoing model, and receives the new 3.8L Lambda V6 to replace the current car’s 3.3L unit that’s become antiquated after spending far too long on the market.

The Azera’s sharp new styling could make it a pretty potent competitor to cars like the Ford Taurus and the Toyota Avalon, which may put driving enthusiasts to sleep, but have a substantial following among people looking for something to eat up highway miles during long-distance driving. Look for the new Azera sometime in 2012.

 |  Dec 22 2010, 2:46 PM

Hyundai is preparing to launch its all new Grandeur (sold as the Azera in North America) in its home-market of South Korea and has given us the first glimpse at the new luxury car though an innovative commercial.

While 3D is all the rage these days, Hyundai refers to its two-minute long ad as being 4D and is designed to make you feel like you’re behind the wheel. The ad will be shown in movie theaters throughout the country in the coming months.

While the exterior looks very much like a stretched Sonata (not that there’s anything wrong with that) the interior looks to be a big step up-market. Notable features include a panoramic moonroof and radar cruise control.

Hyundai hasn’t said when the 2012 Azera will go on sale here, but it’s not expected until later this year.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera/Grandeur

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 |  Dec 02 2010, 9:08 AM

Several renderings of the next-generation Hyundai Azera have already been revealed, but thanks to some new amateur spy video it’s obvious that Hyundai is well beyond the drawing stage.

Video of the 2012 Azera (known as the Grandeur in its home market of South Korea) has appeared online, showing the larger front-drive sedan sporting much of Hyundai’s Sonata-esque ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language.

Since the arrival of the Genesis sedan rumors suggest Hyundai would drop the large front-drive Azera from the U.S. market, but the Korean automaker has confirmed it is committed to bringing the next generation of the car here.

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera/Grandeur

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 |  Nov 22 2010, 10:58 AM

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Several design sketches of the next-generation Hyundai Azera (sold as the Grandeur in Korea) surfaced last week raising speculation about whether the car would in fact live on in the U.S. Never a hot seller, sales have dipped further at the end of the cars production cycle – especially with it representing more of the old Hyundai. And with the Genesis sedan on the market, sporting many of the same dimensions, the Azera now seems obsolete.

Not so, says Hyundai Motor America boss John Krafcik who recently confirmed plans to bring the next-gen model of the Azera to the U.S. Krafcik said more than that, however, commenting on how the car will be moved more up-market. This won’t take away from Genesis sales he believes because the car will be focused more on comfortable luxury than on RWD performance. Also, the front-drive layout in this size category is still important in the snow-belt.

From the sketches its obvious that the Azera will continue Hyundai’s fluidic design language, following after the Sonata and Elantra. No information on powertrains was given and the jury is still out. While the new 2.0T 4-cylinder from the Sonata Turbo is an option in terms of power, it might be a bit too rough for the Azera’s luxury image. That being said, we’re likely to see a lineup of V6 engines.

“We have changed everything, it’s a remarkable car,” said Krafic in a recent interview with Automotive News. No launch date was given, but with a projected 2012 model year he would say its, “not that far away.”

GALLERY: 2012 Hyundai Azera Design Sketches

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[Source: Automotive News]