HYUNDAI Grandeur / Azera
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Hyundai is using the La Auto Show to offer us the 2012 Azera, with the vehicle, which used Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpturedesign language, being slotted between the Sonata and the Genesis.
We’ll start the presentation under the hood, where we have a direct-injected 3.3-liter V6 unit that delivers 297 hp and a peak torque of 255 lb-ft (345 Nm) and is mated t a six-speed automatic gearbox. The vehicle comes with an estimated efficiency of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
The interior treats us with standard heated leather seats, GPS navigation and a long list of other goodies, while the optional extras include a 12-speaker Infinity audio system, ventilated front seats and a panoramic sunroof.
Customers can choose to have the car dressed in one of the following colors: Black Onyx Pearl, Porcelain White Pearl, Silver Frost Metallic, Smoke Gray Metallic, Hyper Silver Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, Bronze Mist Metallic and Midnight Blue Pearl. AS for the cabin, this can be finished in Camel, Graphite Black or Chestnut Brown.
Hyundai was the fastest-growing carmaker in modern history and its flagship model, the Sonata, gained high scores in satisfaction surveys.
The Korean carmaker introduced the Azera/Grandeur lineup on the market in 2006 as an upper version of the Sonata. Even though both vehicles were built on the same platform, the Azera received more luxurious items and was treated with more attention to detail by Hyundai.
Hyundai’s design department burned the midnight oil to make the car looks like a premium vehicle, with sleek lines and a sloped rear window. At the front, the chromed details around the grille and the rectangular headlights featured a timeless design. Its long red strip over the trunk lid and wide taillights offered a European-inspired look that attracted more customers in the back.
Inside, Hyundai offered the Azera a luxurious-looking interior, but it lacked in the technology department. It offered a simple audio system, and there was no navigation unit on the options list. But that didn’t stop its buyers from getting their hands on the Azera since it offered more than enough room for five adult passengers.
Under the hood, Hyundai installed a choice of two gasoline and one turbo-diesel engine, depending on the market. In Europe, it offered the car with a five-speed manual, and an option for a five-speed automatic, while in the U.S., it included the latter as a standard feature.