The Azera has become something of an odd fit within the Hyundai lineup. It slots above the Sonata but below the Genesis sedan and utilizes front-wheel-drive architecture. Think of it as a sort of Toyota Avalon competitor, a larger, comfortable cruiser for more traditional buyers. Nevertheless, Hyundai is committed to offering the Azera here in the United States, and the automaker has just confirmed via Twitter that next-generation 2012 model will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.

It's probably safe to assume that the 2012 Azera will take a shape very similar to the Grandeur sedan seen here. The Grandeur has design elements of both the Sonata and Genesis, keeping in line with the automaker's "fluidic styling" language. As for powertrains, Hyundai hasn't said a peep, but our best guess is that the automaker's 333-hp 3.8-liter V6 will be found underhood, or perhaps a variant of its 274-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four. We'll have the full details later this year.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's about time. The Azura always reminded me of the Mazda 626 but with a really bland version of the 03-05 Accord's rear. Glancing on their current lineup, it's easily the most out-dated and boring car they have. I wonder what it'll compete against, the Toyota Avalon seems like a direct competitor.
      Prosper C. Loso
      • 3 Years Ago
      @michaelJ So???? All Mazdas look alike w/ that smiley face on them, All Bmw's, Lexus and Mercedes etc. have the same grille on them ---> Stop Hating.... Having a fluidic design for every class is GENIUS. That way, someone who likes the general Sonata look can have it in a smaller or larger package depending on money and/or space. Just because all Hyundais look alike does NOT make it boring. All car manufacturers have a general design language they all follow....otherwise they wouldnt look like they were produced by the same company IDIOT.
      TomTomBill
      • 3 Years Ago
      http://grandeur.hyundai.com/ Check out this gem of a site. Found it a couple months ago and have enjoyed showing people it.
      All Rights Reserved
      • 3 Years Ago
      If this is based on the Sonata, I sure Hope Hyundai has figured out the "pulling" problem and redesigned the entire front strut structure.
        Larry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @All Rights Reserved
        I heard they now had a fix for it
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        Rob
        • 3 Years Ago
        Your more than entitled to your opinion..if a bland Toyota is your choice then by all means go buy one. They will appreciate your business as they continue to lose market share :)
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's one nice looking car. :)
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      Tone
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm already tired of the "fluidic styling" execution. Sorry. :(
        All Rights Reserved
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tone
        Me too, I saw an Elantra yesterday. That design is already old and stale. Kinda clownish in fact.
      natron3030
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't get mad at me fanboys. I just don't like Hyundai front ends. They look off to me. I hear they are great cars.
      Raymond
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ok how many sedans about the same size are they going to make.
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      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 3 Years Ago
      That Hyundai Camry.....I mean Azera is nice.
        Jac Zobel de Ayala
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        It's the Hyundai Taurus
        jksss
        • 3 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CoolCent. com
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