2012 Hyundai All New Azera, Grandeur (HG) (It's not spy shot)
We have just gotten a hold of the latest spy pictures of the next-generation Hyundai Azera/Grandeur, code-named "HG". Due to be launched later this year (though word is that unveiling might occur within a month), the new Grandeur is gearing up for a significant redesign for the 2012 model year.
As of this posting, details on the new Grandeur are relatively slim. We do know that it will share the front-drive configuration platform with the Kia K7/Cadenza sedan. Powertrain details are ballpark guesses at this point, but judging by the new Grandeur's position in the Hyundai line-up - slotting between the Sonata and the Genesis - we can definitely expect the 3.5L or 3.8L Lambda II V6 (280-300 hp) powerplants as plausible options. With Hyundai's efforts for better fuel economy, the turbocharged gasoline direct-injected (GDI) 4-cylinder found in the Sonata is also a possible candidate.
In addition to the new Azera/Grandeur, we have a lone spy photo (found after the jump) of a Hyundai prototype that we can't quite put a finger on as to what it is. The subcompact test car is a near dead-ringer of the already-unveiled 2012 Accent/Verna, yet the front fascia sporting a new design arouses questions as to what the prototype is really. Leave us your guesses as to what it might be in the comments below!
2012 Hyundai Azera
Quick look at the new 2012 Hyundai Azera luxury car.
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► 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 equipment.
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.
All New 5G GRANDEUR(HG), AZERA 2012 promo & making of film(Behind the scenes)
Hyundai Takes Wraps Off 2012 Grandeur (Azera)
Back in November, Hyundai revealed a sketch of its upcoming 2012 Grandeur, known as the Azera in the U.S. Now, we can bring you the first look of the real thing thanks to a Hyundai promotional video and prelaunch site.
Rather unsurprisingly given Hyundai's recent design sketches, the production 2012 Hyundai Grandeur is a dead-ringer for the sketches revealed in November. And this is no bad thing as the Grandeur renderings were rather striking, giving the Grandeur/Azera an upscale look befitting a car far above the current Azera's starting price of just over $25,000.
The only notable changes we see are a slight redesign of the grille, toning the styling down by making the edges slightly softer and the taillights. Changes to the taillights are extremely minimal as the central portion is now clear with wraparound brake lights rather than a u-shaped, clear, central insert sandwiched by red brake lights.
In the video, Hyundai also reveals the interior for the first time, showing what looks to be an extremely upscale cabin. We'll have to wait and see it in person for ourselves to make a final judgment on materials, but given our experiences with the new Sonata, we have high hopes.
Although the car shown here is technically the Korean market Grandeur, it should be nearly identical to the U.S.-spec Azera. We'll reportedly see the new Azera at the Chicago Auto Show in February. We're also curious about exactly how Hyundai will position the Azera between the Sonata and Genesis sedans.
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2011 Hyundai Azera Limited Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2011 Hyundai Azera Limited. Last generation for this body style and being redesigned for the 2012 model year. I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall appreciation of the vehicle.
Hyundai i Flow Hyundai i40 2011
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