2015 Hyundai Azera is a mid-size luxury sedan which was considered a flagship car in Hyundai’s lineup before Genesis started strutting its stuff. Now, Azera is threatened by smaller Sonata which got a facelift for next year and is considerably cheaper. However, even though Azera’s sales aren’t as good as they used to be, mid-cycle redesign should give it another chance, and news of refreshed Hyundai Grandeur (Korean market Azera) confirm this statement.
Still in two available grades, base Azera and Azera Limited, this sedan is moved by a 3.3L Lambda V6 engine which puts up 293 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. Azera is exclusively FWD and its powertrain is tied to a 6-speed automatic transmission which includes a Shiftronic manual mode.
2015 Hyundai Azera Design – Interior and Exterior
Redesigned Azera will get a new grille which can already be seen in Grandeur and Sonata models and instead of a chrome stripes, it’ll now feature chrome bars, thickly positioned close to each other. Headlights, hood, fenders and profile will remain the same, and so will rear end with tail-lights connected by a light bridge.
Interior, however, won’t be changed in its design, only in available color themes. Azera offers lot of room, even though center spot in the rear row isn’t as spacious as it is in competitor’s models. Black leather combines very well with metallic accents and carbon fiber cabin trim as Azera’s owners already know. Dashboard has contemporary design with wide instrument panel which falls down under an angle and grows into center stack with large storage compartment.
Base model has a 6-inch color LCD audio display, while Limited model offers upgraded Navigation system with 8-inch touch screen display. Top model also has standard InfinityLogic 7audio system with 14 speakers, external 550 watt amplifier and subwoofer, and HD Radio technology with multicasting. Both models include nine airbags, electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes, rearview camera and blind-spot monitors which add to the impressive set of safety features.
As far as fuel economy ratings are concerned, Azera returns more than solid figures of 20 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.
2015 Hyundai Azera Release date and Price
Next model should keep the same price tag, or even get a cut in order to continue to compete on the market. Expect base model to cost around $31,000 and Limited around $34,500.
2015 Hyundai Azera is best known for its impeccable handling and smooth ride. However, this, and interior refinement haven’t been enough to persuade people to look into it on a regular basis and Azera’s future in the US market hangs in the balance. We’ll see what decision Hyundai will make sometime next year.