• Aug 6th 2010 at 12:59PM
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2012 Hyundai Azera – Click above for high-res image gallery

The current Hyundai Azera is not a bad looking car, but compared to the glut of new models that already are or will soon be populating Hyundai showrooms in the next year, it's starting to look long in the tooth. Hyundai appears to be on the case, as an all-new Azera has just been spotted testing in Europe. Like the current sedan, the new model will slot in between the front-wheel-drive Sonata and rear-wheel-drive Genesis. It will also feature Hyundai's new "fluid sculpture" design language, as evidenced by the characteristic rising crease along the doors that's visible through the camouflage.

The grille and mirrors of this camo'd Azera, which is called the Grandeur in its home market of South Korea, look similar to the new Sonata, but the lower edge of the side glass rises at the back giving the car a more pronounced shoulder. Power is expected to come solely from a V6 like the current model, but we'd be surprised if its displacement doesn't drop to the 3.0-3.3-liter range with direct injection and possibly a turbocharged version. Given CEO John Krafcik's commitment to 50 mpg by 2025, a version of the new hybrid system seen in the Sonata Hybrid seems like a smart bet as well.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or does that look like a Sebring?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Sonata is not offered with V6 , so the car made sense. problem is Sonata
      and this car will compete with basically the same cars Accord 4 & 6, Camry 4 & 6
      Altima 4 & 6 so what to choice Azera or Sonata.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There's always going to be a little overlap in this segment, but I'd say that the Azera competes more with the Toyota Avalon, the entry-level Buick Lacrosse, and the top trim Accord V6. Let's just say it's aiming at the same demographic that Buick used to own a decade or two back.

        It's a little bigger, a little more powerful, and a little more luxurious than a Sonata. The current one looks a little dated, perhaps, but it was the nicest-looking car in their line a few years ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Sonata competes with the Camry,Accord,Altima,Fusion etc. This will compete with the Taurus,Maxima,Avalon,LaCrosse etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy front overhang, Batman!
      • 5 Years Ago
      wow. 4 door coupe again.
      • 5 Years Ago
      beautiful, Hyundai can do no wrong in my book with their designs...Hyundai has come so far, it is amazing how far they have come. I am not sure where this car fits in, but non the less its kool

      maybe this car, the genesis and the equus would be the core cars for a Hyundai lux division
        • 5 Years Ago
        lol at Excel comment.

        Excel happened almost 25 years ago. you need to move on.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't Luis is old enough to realize just how pathetic Toyotas were for the first 20 years or so they were in the US.
        • 5 Years Ago
        wow. did you cash your H-marked check yet? if I say something nice will I get one too?

        • 5 Years Ago
        The Excel was a long, long time ago. Do you recall the Ford Pinto? If so, I doubt it would influence your decision to buy or not buy a current Ford product. Almost every automaker has a few skeletons in the closet, no pun intended.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Between a new sonata and the genesis...that's not a bad place to be, really. Years ago the only place that would happen is in a vodka bar with Phil Collins.
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats an awkward looking rear half.
      • 5 Years Ago
      An odd thing to notice but those wing mirrors look really good - like an expensive golf driver or something...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the rising window line, but please, Hyundai, can you build this one without the Klingon forehead?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hyundai misscalculated the market for the Genesis. Im not saying its a bad car,
      its a great car but the low sales is a signal that Hyundai cant compete with cars
      in the $ 30,000.00- $ 50,000.00 range. Its a market crowned with Benz, BMWS,
      Audis, even Lexus and Acuras. If these cars are the halo for Hyundai, they need to be
      sucessfull , not just in magazines but in sales charts.
      So this car along with the Genesis, and the eqqus is a big risk for Hyundai.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, Hyundai is following Nissan's lead.
        The Infiniti G35 was absolutely terrible the first 1/2 model year, terrible for the remainder of the model year, improved for the second year, big refinements for the 3rd year, and small refinements the last year of the first generation.

        The economic depression is killing car sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      this is between the sonata and the genesis?

      this would make sense as a fleet vehicle for black cars maybe depending on rear head and leg room.
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