Hyundai is really learning the luxury ropes very, very convincingly.
The speed of the Hyundai Evolution is so quick that this new Azera totally shames the flagship Equus in classiness of design, materials and touchability.
Outside, the style is still pretty blah, but the LEDs are extremely striking. Not quite sure if the impact the nose delivers is a good thing or a bad thing for the retiree target clientele — but we love the gatling-gun look on any headlamp.
Complementing these striking LED lights up top as DRLs are the primary HID projector low-beams and halogen reflector high-beams. The look is also enhanced for most driving with five individual LED pods as each foglamp. That, frankly, is a lot of LED light.
The benefits of this new tech are very real: street signs and dark fog will glow like sunny daytime from the Azera’s driver seat.
2015 HYUNDAI AZERA
First look today at the refreshed Hyundai Azera — which brings more power, refreshed fascias and new LED foglights on the Limited model. Those headlamps also have an angel eye of LED light to go along with the white LED element in the top of the lamp.
Stay tuned for more images of the new Azera!
THE 2015 HYUNDAI AZERA MAKES ITS NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT AT THE MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW
Refreshed Azera Arrives Offering Exterior and Interior Design Enhancements Along with State-of-the-art Safety Technologies to Increase Premium Sedan’s Appeal
MIAMI, Nov. 7, 2014 – Hyundai Motor America introduced the 2015 Hyundai Azera in a North American debut at the 44th annual Miami International Auto Show today. The Azera will be showcased front and center starting November 7, 2014 where media member and public alike can catch a glimpse of Hyundai’s latest installment of new thinking and new possibilities.
“Other than our home market, Azera shines brightest in Florida with the second most sales by state per year,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai is committed in creating, developing and delivering products that offer costumers best-in-class features. For 2015, Azera returns with the highest levels of luxury, performance, efficiency, safety and technology, all brought together in an innovative design.”
The new Azera now comes equipped with standard Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic alert and Lane Change Assist, a segment-first safety feature. Other new standard features include illuminated door sill plates, a hands-free Smart Trunk opener, an eight-inch color LCD navigation display, and a new center stack design.
On the exterior, new LED fog lights have been added to the Limited model, and the standard 18-inch alloy wheels have been redesigned. The front grille, bumper fascia, and rear bumper fascia have also been restyled, improving appearance from virtually every angle. The Limited model now also receives features from the 2014 Azera Limited model Premium package as standard equipment, along with all-new safety features.
Under the hood, the sophisticated Lambda II 3.3-liter direct-injected V6 engine motivates the Azera. It produces best-in-class specific output of 88.8 horsepower per liter, while also boasting the smallest displacement V6 in its class. The engine’s high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), increases power and torque (293 HP and 255 lb-ft), while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption and emissions.
The 2015 Hyundai Azera is also equipped with the next generation Blue Link system which includes the Vehicle Safeguards Alerts In-Vehicle App. This app allows parents to coach teen drivers by monitoring their Hyundai’s speed, hours of operation and movements via text message, e-mail or both. The brilliance of the in-vehicle app is now these alerts can be set and modified from inside the vehicle.
The new Azera continues to offer superior level of comfort and quietness, along with advanced standard safety technologies. It represents a state-of-the-art approach to the traditional premium sedan segment by also delivering a powerful yet efficient powertrain, modern design, and luxury features combined with Hyundai’s consistently strong value proposition.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 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. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.
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