With the L.A. Auto Show launch of the 2012 Azera, Hyundai continues to transform itself from a brand focused on cheap and cheerful products into one putting much more emphasis on design, value and features.
The 2012 Hyundai Azera targets the large, near-luxury segment dominated by the likes of the Toyota Avalon – though the Korean maker is ambitious enough to include even more highline models such as the Lexus ES and Acura TL on its list. The second-generation Azera serves to round out the expanding line-up of upscale models that also include the Hyundai Genesis and Equus.
Like many recent Hyundai offerings, the Azera has gone through a visually dramatic transformation, adopting the Korean carmaker’s new Fluidic Design language, which translates into a look that will be very familiar to those who’ve already seen the Hyundai Genesis, notably including the coupe-like curve to the Azera’s roofline.
With a 112-inch wheelbase and 193.3-inch overall length, the width at 73.2 inches, the 2012 Hyundai Azera is sized between the Genesis and the more mainstream Sonata.