Hyundai Azera discontinued in the United States

Article by Christian A., on July 7, 2017

Hyundai has officially announced what it will be offering for the 2018 model year. The lineup will include a refreshed Accent and Elantra GT, together with the brand new Kona compact crossover. The other models that were not mentioned will also be getting some upgrades for the next generation, except for one: the full-size Azera sedan. Well, in the United States at least. Nonetheless, the model will still be available in the Korean market, where it will be known as the Grandeur.

The main reason for the discontinuation is because the Azera has not been doing well in the U.S. for the past few years. The Azera first entered the western market in 2011, where it peaked in 2013 making just over 11,000 sales. Since then, it has just declined. Despite going through a makeover in 2015, it still did not raise its sales with just 5,539 units sold, and just under 5,000 units in 2016. That is a clear indication that the Azera is not seen as appealing in the market, especially if you consider that its rivals like the Chevrolet Impala and Toyota Avalon are selling the same number of cars, in just a month - making the Azera way behind in terms of sales.

Other than that, the Korean automaker also has its upscale company Genesis in the market. Despite the fact that the Azera comes off as an upscale model with a touch of luxury and a number of options, it was never considered a proper sport sedan. And when being compared to a Genesis G80 sedan, both cars offer similar features and performance. In terms of price, the Azera Limited costs almost the same as the base Genesis G80. I’m guessing that there may be so much competition in the segment that the 2018 Azera will just drown. But who knows, its Grandeur twin might still make it in the Asian market.

When the Azera finally gets phased out in the US market, it will be the Hyundai Sonata that will take the role of top sedan in the lineup. Though it may not be as big and luxurious, the 2018 model will be getting a refreshed look with a number of new options like an eight-speed automatic transmission. There will also be the Elantra Sport that a lot of people love to drive, except it is just a little smaller. Also a part of the lineup is the G80, so losing the Azera will not be such a big deal for consumers.

So if anyone might still be interested to get their hands on the Azera, might as well get one already before it becomes exclusive to the Asian market.

Press Release

HYUNDAI 2018 MODEL YEAR CHANGES

Below is a summary of changes to the Hyundai lineup for 2018 model year. This document will be updated regularly, creating a one-stop shop for the most up-to-date Hyundai vehicle lineup news. For additional product updates please subscribe to Hyundai News Alerts. You can also visit HyundaiNews.com for latest news on sales, pricing and technology. Please visit the product pages at HyundaiNews.com for more complete information. The models included in this guide are:

2018 Hyundai Accent – All New
2018 Hyundai Elantra – Carryover
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – All New
2018 Veloster – No 2018 model – long 2017 model year
2018 Hyundai Ioniq – Carryover with New Plug-in Hybrid Trim
2018 Hyundai Sonata – Redesigned
2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid – Redesigned
2018 Hyundai Azera – U.S. Market Availability Discontinued
2018 Hyundai Kona – All New
2018 Hyundai Tucson – Carryover
2018 Hyundai Santa Fe – Carryover
2018 Accent Product Overview

Sophisticated Sedan Styling
Hyundai’s new cascading grill, expressive & upscale design
Contemporary & Intuitive Interior design
Available premium exterior features: Projector headlight w/ LED DRL’s, Power sunroof and 17-inch alloy wheels, LED Taillights and fog lights
Performance and Improved Dynamics
Eco-efficient 1.6L GDI Dual-CVVT 4-cylinder engine with Standard 6-speed M/T or optional A/T
Improved noise, vibration, Harshness (NVH) control and ride quality
54.5% Advanced High strength steel and 323 ft. of structural adhesives
Improved Audio, Multimedia & Telematics
Standard 5-inch color touchscreen with rearview camera
Available 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
Available Blue Link® Connected Services 3-years with Standard complimentary service including Remote Start
Premium Comfort and Convenience
Available Segment 1st Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release & Dual charging USB (data x1 / power x2)
Available Heated front seats, Proximity Push Button start, Dual Automatic Temperature Control and Smart Trunk release
Exceptional Level of Safety Features
Standard Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines
Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)
Quality and Reliability backed by America’s Best Warranty

2018 Hyundai Elantra – Carryover
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan is a carryover from the all-new 2017 model. Changes are summarized in the below chart.

2018 Elantra Summary of Changes

ITEM
CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

CHANGE TO
(’18MY)
NOTES
SAFETY
Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
Not offered on SE w/ Pop Equip Package
>
Standard on new SEL trim
18MY SEL trim replaces 17MY SE w/ Pop Package
Rear disc brakes
Available on Limited Trim & Sport

Now on New SEL trim and Value Trim
Tied w/ 16” alloy wheel
EXTERIOR
Power sunroof
Available on Sport Trim w/ Premium package
>
Now Standard on Sport Trim

INTERIOR
Auto-dimming rearview mirror w/ Blue Link & HomeLink
Available on Limited with Tech package
>
Standard on Limited Trim

3.5” TFT LCD display
Not available on SE w/ Pop Pkg
>
Now on New SEL trim

COLOR
Color Change
Shale Gray Metallic (V8S)
>
Machine Gray (2C)
Starting May Production
PACKAGING
New SEL trim
Replaces SE w/ Popular Equipment Package
>
Newly added SEL trim (Base A/T plus):
Rear disc brakes
Hood insulator
Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist
16” alloy wheels w/ 205/55 R16 tires
Heated outside mirrors
Auto headlamp control
3.5” TFT mono cluster display
Rear cup holders (mounted rear of center console)
7” Display Audio AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM w/ 6-speakers
Rearview camera w/ dynamic guidelines
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
Popular Package
Available
>
Replaced by SEL trim
Limited w/ Tech Package
Dropped
>
Combined with Limited Standard Equipment and Limited w/ Ultimate Package

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – All New
The Elantra GT is an all-new model for 2018.

2018 Elantra GT Product Overview

Bold and Dynamic Design
Evolution of fluidic sculpture exterior design, stable and dynamic
Hyundai’s new cascading grille design
Exceptional Roominess
More cargo volume than Civic, Cruze, Golf, Mazda3 and Focus hatchbacks (rear seats folded)
Sporty Driving Character
Standard 2.0L GDI 4-cylinder engine
Available Elantra GT Sport w/ 1.6L T-GDI and 7-speed DCT with 201 HP and 195 lb.-ft. torque (estimated)
Available Multi-link independent rear suspension with larger front and rear brake rotors on Elantra GT Sport
Technology
Available AVN 5.0 8-inch Multimedia Navigation System and 8-inch Display Audio with Android Auto & Apple CarPlay and available Blue Link
Available Infinity premium audio w/ 7 speakers inc. subwoofer with Segment 1st Clari-Fi Music restoration technology
Premium Comfort and Convenience
Available segment exclusive ventilated front seats and panoramic sunroof
Class-leading Advanced Safety
Available Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert
Available Automatic Emergency Braking w/ Pedestrian Detection
Available Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control w/ stop/start capability
Available High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Alert
7 standard airbags including driver’s knee airbag
Quality and Reliability backed by America’s Best Warranty

2018 Hyundai Veloster
There will be a 2018 Veloster due to a long 2017 model year.

2018 Hyundai Ioniq – Carryover with New Plug-in Hybrid Trim
The 2018 Hyundai Ioniq is available in three trims: Hybrid, Electric, and Plug-in hybrid. The Hybrid and Electric are carryovers from the all-new 2017 models. The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid is all new for 2018.

2018 Ioniq Summary of Changes

ITEM
CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

CHANGE TO
(’18MY)
NOTES
Mechanical
All New (Plug-in Hybrid)
Not Available
>
Available
Rounds out the launch of Ioniq’s three electrified powertrains
Paddle Shifters
Not Available
>
Available on Hybrid
Standard on Plug-in Hybrid
Electric continues to apply Regenerative Brake Level Control Paddles
Safety
Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
>
Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
LDW adds Lane Keep Assist function

2018 Hyundai Sonata – Redesigned
The Sonata is redesigned for 2018.

2018 Sonata Summary of Changes

ITEM
CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

CHANGE TO
(’18MY)
NOTES
Mechanical
Transmission (2.0T only)
6-speed Automatic Transmission
>
8-speed A/T on 2.0T models
Adds ratio range at top and bottom of output speeds
Steering System
Improved ride & handling
>
Torsion bar stiffness increased by 12 percent
Improves steering response and feel
Steering System
Improved ride & handling
>
New steering calibration
Improves responsiveness and on-center steering feel
Rear Suspension
Improved ride & handling
>
Trailing arms thickness increased by 21 percent
Improves ability to manage heavy suspension loads
Rear Suspension
Improved ride & handling
>
New bushings
Improves ride compliance w/ quicker response times
Exterior
Sheet metal changes
Significant styling refresh
>
New sheet metal:
Hood
Front Fenders
Trunk
Bold, distinctive & advanced redesign
Design changes
Significant styling refresh
>
New non-sheet metal:
Front & Rear Fascia
Headlights
Taillights
Front Grille
Bold, distinctive & advanced redesign
Wheels
Significant styling refresh
>
New 16, 17 & 18-inch wheel designs
Bold, distinctive & advanced redesign
Sunroof
Panoramic Sunroof
Standard on Limited 2.0T
>
Conventional Sunroof
Improves weight and real world fuel economy
Headlights
HID Xenon Headlights
Avail. Limited; Std. Limited 2.0T
>
LED Headlights
Std. Limited & Limited 2.0T
HID headlights replaced with LED headlights
Interior
Center Stack Design
Significant styling refresh
>
New center stack design
Adds dimension & visual appeal
Steering Wheel
Four-spoke steering wheel
>
Three-spoke S/W
More modern design
Heated Steering Wheel
Not available
>
Available
Available on Limited;
Standard on Limited 2.0T

Multimedia
Navigation System
AVN 4.0 (800 MHz single core)
>
AVN 5.0 (1GHz dual core)
Available on Limited;
Standard on Limited 2.0T
Improved processor;
AM/FM/XM mixed presets;
New Bird’s Eye View (tilted perspective navigation)
Navigation System
Not available
>
HERE HD Traffic (Real-time Traffic Service)
In addition to SiriusXM® Travel Link® (3-month trial)
Does not require paid subscription
Wireless phone charging
Not available
>
Available
Available on Limited;
Standard on Limited 2.0T
Combined with AVN- equipped models for more charging options
Rear USB Charge Port
Not available
>
Available
Std. on SEL trim & higher

Blue Link Connected Care
1-year trial
>
3-year period
On models equipped w/ BL
Blue Link Remote Package
3-month trial w/ credit card (CC)
>
3-year period w/o CC
On models equipped w/ BL
Blue Link Guidance Package
3-month trial w/ credit card (CC)
>
3-year period w/o CC
On models equipped w/ BL & navigation
Safety
Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert & Lane Change Assist
Std. on Limited & Limited 2.0T
>
Standard
High demand feature
Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
Avail. Limited; Std. Limited 2.0T
>
Lane Keep Assist (LKAS)
Avail. on SEL & Limited;
Standard on Limited 2.0T
LDW adds Keep Assist function
Colors
Gray Exterior Color
Shale Gray Metallic
>
Machine Gray
All-new for 18MY
Blue Exterior Color
Nouveau Blue
>
Electric Blue

Black Interior Color (Cloth + Leather)
Not available on non-Sport trims
>
Available on all trims

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid – Redesigned
The 2018 Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid are still under development. Stay tuned for more information.

2018 Hyundai Azera – U.S. Market Availability Discontinued
The Azera premium sedan has been a successful model in the Hyundai line-up for a number of years, with great style, comfort and generous amenities, all at a very appealing price point.

Over the last few years, however, the Hyundai and Genesis line-ups have continued to increase the appeal of their models. 2018 Sonata has increased its comfort, technology, dynamics, design and performance. In addition, though distinct from the Hyundai brand, the Genesis brand continues to broaden the appeal of its mid-luxury G80 and premium luxury G90 models with attributes appealing to buyers holding the Azera on the periphery of purchase consideration.

As a result, for the 2018 model year, Hyundai Motor America will no longer offer the Azera for the U.S. market, simplifying its model line-up and broadening the appeal of its core models.

2018 Hyundai Kona – All New Model
The Hyundai Kona is an all-new CUV joining the Hyundai lineup in 2018.

2018 Kona Product Overview

Differentiated Styling – Stylish exterior with two-tone interior
Kona carves a unique place in the Hyundai CUV lineup with a distinctly fresh design and animated color
Nimble and Efficient Performance
Fuel Efficient with Sporty Handling
A spirited 1.6L turbo 4-cylinder engine enhances Kona’s sporty driving character delivering an efficient “fun to drive” CUV
Future-Oriented Technology
Advanced Safety and Multimedia
A set of safety and convenience features sure to wow segment shoppers with not just more but BETTER
Unique Design
Distinctly Fresh Design, Urban Smart Armor
Stylish Exterior with Animated Color Palette
LED Headlights, Taillights & DRLs
Practical Interior with Two-Tone Color Options
Driving Dynamics
Light & Rigid Body Structure with 51.8% HSS
Suspension Delivers Ride Quality & Secure Handling
Efficient 2.0L Atkinson Cycle with 6-speed A/T
Capable 1.6L Turbo with 7-speed DCT
Advanced Safety
Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
Lane Keeping Assist
Driver Attention Warning
Blind-Spot Collision Warning
High Beam Assist
Thoughtful features
Heads-up Display
Wireless Charging
Rain-sensing Wipers
Power tilt-and-slide Sunroof
Android Auto
Apple CarPlay

2018 Hyundai Tucson – Carryover
2018 Tucson Summary of Changes

SE Popular Equipment Package renamed SEL
New for 18MY SEL is the addition of a 7” display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. As such, over 90% of 18MY Tucsons will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay included.
SE Plus, introduced mid-17MY, is renamed SEL Plus
Value Trim was introduced late in 17MY, replacing Sport trim.
Contents include highly attractive features previously included in the Sport trim, such as Proximity Key Entry with Push Button Start and Hands-free Smart Liftgate with auto open, and now adds:
Panoramic Sunroof
Dual Automatic Temperature Control w/ CleanAir Ionizer and Auto Defogger
Auto-dimming Inside Rearview Mirror & HomeLink
Rear parking sensors
Individual features
Heated Steering Wheel included with Limited AWD models
SiriusXM Satellite Radio moves from SE to SEL
HD Radio added to SEL level & up.
CD Player dropped from all trims except SE
Exterior color updates

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe – Carryover
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe is a carryover from 2017.

2018 Santa Fe Summary of Changes

ITEM
CHANGE FROM (’17MY)

CHANGE TO
(’18MY)
NOTES
Exterior
Premium Lower front fascia
Standard gloss black
>
Gloss black available w/ Value pkg. & up (Black Matte standard)

Interior
Front windows with auto-up
Heated side mirrors
SiriusXM
Standard in Sport

Available starting with
Sport Value Package

Side mirrors w/ turn signals
Prox key with push button start
Heated front seats
Available starting with
Premium Package

Available starting with
Value Package
Expanded feature set to Value Package
Safety and Technology
Blue Link
Limited Trial Periods
>
Complimentary 3-year trial period

Packaging
Limited trim (base)
Available
>
Discontinued

Santa Fe Sport w/ Pop Package
Available
>
Pop Pkg. renamed Value Package with updated feature set:
Heated dual power side mirrors w/ turn signal indicators
Power windows with front auto-up/down
Proximity key with push button start
7” display audio w/ Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™ & SiriusXM
Dual automatic temperature control w/ CleanAir ionizer
Hyundai Blue Link® Connected Car System
Power driver seat w/ lumbar support
Heated front seats
LED daytime running lights (DRL)
Front fog lights & roof side rails
Premium front fascia
Exterior Color
Canyon Copper (RR7) &
Marling Blue (W7U)
Available
>
Starting May 2017:
Canyon Copper à Discontinued

Exterior Color
Premium Wood Finish Interior Trim
Standard on Santa Fe with leather seating surfaces
>
Premium Wood Finish Interior Trim
Standard on Santa Fe with leather seating surfaces

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through 835 dealerships nationwide. All new Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes a 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

Source: Hyundai

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