Marcus De Guzman / Hyundai | November 30, 2016 09:10
Hyundai combines luxury and high-tech features in all-new Azera
The Hyundai Azera lives on after the company recently revealed the next-gen model of the nameplate. First teased via digital renderings several weeks ago, the 2017 Azera sports a sleeker shape and is packed with the latest tech to deliver a safe and comfortable ride.
“The All-new Azera is born with Hyundai Motor’s ceaseless endeavor to innovate toward utter perfection, while inheriting 30 years of brand heritage from its predecessors,” said Woong Chul Yang, vice chairman and head of R&D Center at Hyundai Motor Company.
Starting with the exterior, the 2017 Azera (also called Grandeur in Korea) gets a curvaceous design that is dominated by long flowing lines. Up front, the all-new luxury sedan features the brand's signature cascading grill that is accented by sleek LED headlights. Also present is the sporty front bumper that features air ducts and LED daytime running lights (DRLs).
Around the back, Hyundai was able to incorporate sport and elegant styling thanks to the relatively short deck. Also seen are the heritage-inspired LED taillights, rectangular exhaust pipe finishers and distinct trunk. All of these is then topped by five-spoke two-tone alloy wheels.
Exact dimensions were not revealed yet but Hyundai did mention the 2017 Azera has a 2,845mm wheelbase. This translates to a very spacious interior that offers ample cabin space and well-placed erogonomics according to Hyundai. Three interior colors can be specified for the Nappa leather seats which can be tailored to nine exterior finishes.
As far as features are concerned, the all-new Azera gets a 7.0-inch infotainment display that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. It also comes with a premium audio system, as well as an Around View monitor. Other features present on the 2017 Azera include: multi-information display, navigation, power trunk, cruise control, memory seats, panoramic sunroof and wireless charging for smartphones or similar devices.
An array of engines will be available for the 2017 Azera. There's the 2.4 GDi gasoline-powered inline-four, the 3.0-liter GDi gasoline V6 and a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel. Hyundai also said that there will be 3.0-liter LPi engine which will be available for fleet / rental models. The 3.0 GDi and 2.2 turbo-diesel are mated to an 8-speed automatic while the 2.4 GDi and 3.0 LPi are exclusively connected to a 6-speed automatic.
Pre-order sales for the 2017 Hyundai Azera have already begun in Korea. It will soon be available in select markets around the world.