► 2012 Hyundai Azera [design]
Hyundai Motor America today introduced the all-new Azera in a North
American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Azera is the fifth vehicle to
adopt the company's signature Fluidic Sculpture design language.Tucson,
Accent, Elantra, Sonata and Azera now all have a modern, sleek,
sophisticated style, creating the illusion of constant motion. This
flagship Fluidic Sculpture sedan also features a more powerful Lambda II
3.3-liter GDI engine, six-speed transmission, best-in-class combined fuel
economy of 23 miles per gallon and a wide range of advanced safety
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.
This system eliminates the need for a large displacement V6 engine and
increases the compression ratio from 10.4 to 11.5 for greater thermal
efficiency and output. It also features all-aluminum construction, four
valves per cylinder, piston cooling jets, roller timing chain, CrN Physical
Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating on the top ring chamfer and Dual
Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) for a broad power spread. A
three-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) further broadens its power curve
to improve the vehicle's off-the-line acceleration and passing performance.
EPA fuel economy estimates for the Azera are 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway /
23 mpg combined.