The pricing information for Hyundai’s totally redesigned 2012 Azera has been announced. The well-equipped Azera has a starting price of $32,000 while the top-of-the-line Azera with Technology Package is priced at $36,000. The all-new 2012 Azera offers a ton of standard features that are better than those used on the fully loaded 2011 Azera Limited.
The second-generation Azera is a bold version of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language. It has a sleek, sophisticated style that offers the illusion of constant motion. Azera stands for a modern approach to the traditional, large sedan segment by providing an advanced powertrain, bold design, premium features and top-of-the-class safety features.
2012 Azera is available with just two simple equipment levels. The 2012 Azera will start selling in April. Powering the 2012 Azera is a new, more efficient Lambda II 3.3L Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) engine, partnered to a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC.
The powertrain has a rating of 293hp, while it offers best-in-class fuel economy of 20 mpg city, 29 mpg highway and 23 mpg combined. In addition, Azera’s powertrain has an Active Eco system, which modifies engine and transmission control for enhanced fuel economy that results to a more than 5% improvement in real-world fuel economy.
When it comes to technology, this premium sedan comes with the standard Bluetooth hands-free phone system and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system, which offers safety, service and infotainment. The new Azera also highlights Hyundai’s commitment to safety. It offers best-in-class standard safety features such as nine airbags and impact-absorbing front seats. The Vehicle Stability Management system combines safety features like the ESC, TCS, EBD, and Brake Assist to optimize their effectiveness in the event of collisions.
Technology Package ($4,000 MSRP): 19-inch alloy wheels and tires(P245/40VR); Panoramic Sunroof; HID Xenon headlights; Power rear sunshade; Manual side window sunshades Infinity premium speakers with subwoofer and external amplifier; Power adjustable tilt and telescopic steering column; Integrated Memory System (IMS): Power driver's seat, exterior mirrors, and steering column; Driver’s seat cushion extension; Ventilated front seats; Rear parking assistance sensors; Interior ambient lighting.
When it comes to safety features fitted as standard, there is no doubt that the Hyundai Azera offers one of the most exceptional there is. For the brand, it is important to focus on the seats. This is why the engineers at Hyundai made sure to create a seat system that lowers the effect of impacts. This system does not only remove the need for any active head restraints on the front but the brand hopes that by having it, neck and head related injuries will be reduced by as much as 17% compared to the previous models that had active front head restraints.
Firstly, the seat back structure has been optimized to absorb any additional impacts. Clearly, air bags are fitted as standard and there is a total of 9 located in the dual front, seat mounted on the front and rear to lower side impact, side curtain air bags on the front and rear, and a knee airbag for the driver. Braking package is excellent given the two 12.6-inch disc brakes on the front and the two 11.2-inch disc brakes on the rear.
The addition of the Anti-Lock Braking System with the Brake Assist ensures braking force is maximized especially when the system detects a panic stop. Meanwhile, the Electronic Brake-force Distribution allows for the braking force on both the front and the rear axles to adjust to match the loading conditions of the vehicle. Other systems equipped in the Hyundai Azera are the Vehicle Stability Management, or VSM, that can manage the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS) and Electronic Stability Control (ESC).
The VSM works in two ways. The first is when the driver brakes or accelerates on what is known as a split-mu surface, meaning one side is slippery while the other is dry. Once the system determines that the vehicle is being pulled in one direction, the MDPS is activated to help with the steering. The VSM itself counters this pulls and immediately gives counter-steering worth 8 Nm.
This system is activated as well during fast cornering or when making unexpected lane changes. There are also a number of excellent passive safety features like the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children system, or LATCH, which is utilized for children's seats and which provides the three-point seatbelts no matter where one is seated.