• Feb 8, 2010
2012 Hyundai Azera – Click above for high-res image gallery

UPDATE: We mistakenly called this the 2010 Hyundai Azera. It's in fact the 2012 Kia Optima. Please click here to read the full update.

In its current form, the Hyundai Azera (known as the Grandeur outside the U.S.) has been around since 2005, and despite the new Sonata's push upmarket, Hyundai apparently still sees the need for another model to slot in between its new Camcord competitor and the Genesis Sedan.

Although a refreshed Grandeur was revealed for other markets late last year, judging by these latest spy shots, Hyundai is hard at work on a more thorough makeover, complete with an even more coupe-like roofline, Sonata-inspired fascia and chrome strip extending its way atop the front fender.

The four-wheel independent suspension is sure to remain, and Hyundai is likely to continue offering a choice of V6s – a 263-hp 3.8-liter or a 234-hp 3.3-liter – each mated to a six-speed automatic. We'd expect a small bump in output when the all-new Azera debuts late next year as a 2012 model.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Azera also sells well in the in the Middle East, and though Azera sells low here, its American owners are fanatical as hell, and are responsible for keeping its American sale alive.

      This is surely an Azera, and the old guys that buy these Azeras will be very happy when they seem em. Then again, like everything HKAG has been making lately, ill be happy to see it too. From what I see, this will be what the Azera needs to really get noticed.

      This will be Hyundais true 300 C Competitor.

      Azera and Accent come out at the nearly the same time. This should be an 2011 model, not 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This car needed an update yesterday. Also, I expect the engine lineup to be more reflective of Hyundai's emphasis on direct injection and lowering displacement.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised to see a DI 4cyl in there as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Futurama, youll see. This also will get AWD eventually, like the Cadenza will as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Its sister KIA Cadenza will get 2.4 GDI featured in Sonata, so it wouldnt be a shock to see that happen in Azera too.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like it has good proportions..and also the same chrome accent that stems from the head lamps as the new sonata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's not an Azera, it's a last generation Chrysler vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I was right there with you Urchin, Since proportions is all we have to work with, the first thing I thought "cab forward". Not a bad thing in my opinion. I was disappointed by Chrysler's change in direction, and has been looking forward to viewing their next generation of cab forward. Not that the cars themselves were that great. My dad's Concorde was disappointing and was most memorable for having the worse headlights ever.
        Kreator
        • 4 Years Ago
        pathetic pictures.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Actually, someone posted at Motor Authority that this is the 2011 Sonata. And it certainly does look like it. I don't think this is the Azera at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      oops...wrong thread. the proper reply..

      @Hyundaismoke

      In product planning sense, there is absolutely no reason to to big ol V8 4.0 into this front wheel drive large sedan. With focus on fuel efficiency and down-sizing accross the industry, the best you can bet is direct-injection V6 with turbo option for performance model, similar to Ford and GM. Also for Hyundai's line up, with Genesis sitting on top, putting V8 into Azera is absolutely unnecessary. It will NOT happen.

      Not sure where you are trying to source that info, but you really are smoking some crack!! (once again...!)

      BTW, from these photos, it's not so promising in terms of looks. Proportion is very awkward and looks imbalanced. I hope it will be different once the wraps are off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jessica, hes only being a smart ass about it. As a Hyundai guy, I will confirm this. Yes, its a 2011 Azera, not 2012.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks more like Next gen Accent's big brother, than Sonatas big brother.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Azera is never going anywhere because of Korean domestic market, where Grandeur(Azera) is Hyundai's best seller and the primary profit generator that fuels its global expansion.

        Kreator
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's doing well in S. America specially in Brazil.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Grandeur is not a hyundai's best seller..

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