LOS ANGELES -- The new-product blitz at Hyundai continued today when the Korean brand introduced a redesigned 2012 Azera near-luxury sedan that boasts leather seats and a navigation system as standard features and a more powerful V-6 engine than its predecessor.
The Azera slots between the Hyundai Sonata mid-sized sedan and flagship Genesis sedan. The Azera has a more-refined interior and an improved powerplant, and its exterior was redesigned to adopt Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design language.
Hyundai revealed the Azera today at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The 2012 Azera is the car's first major redesign since the nameplate debuted in the U.S. market in 2005 as a replacement for the Hyundai XG350.
Until the Genesis debuted in 2008, the Azera was Hyundai's flagship sedan. U.S. sales of the Azera and XG350 overlapped from 2005 to 2008 and peaked in 2006 at 26,833 units combined.
The 2012 Azera has a longer wheelbase and sits lower and wider than the outgoing version of the vehicle. The Azera is also longer and wider than the Sonata mid-sized sedan.