Hyundai used the Chicago auto show 2010 for secretly ran out in 2011 Azera sedan and refreshed, a major driver in the front between the Sonata and the Genesis rear-drive in the brand lineup. Changes include tweaks appearance and a set of re-refined V-6 engine.
Hyundai launched a slightly improved version of the Azera sedan at the Chicago Auto Show this week. We first felt the changes made in the back of the Azera 2011 in December '09 when Hyundai launched its South Korean twin domestic sedan market, Grandeur, in the form of its facelifted.
The biggest changes competitor to vehicles such as Hyundai Lexus ES350, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Buick LaCrosse and Ford Taurus (or at least those are the cars that Hyundai claims that rival Azera), well hidden under the hood.
Both the 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter V6 engine 2011 Azera has been enhanced with the use of Dual Variable Valve Timing Continues (DCVVT) that increase the breathing machine in the intake and exhaust camshaft for the fuel economy is better and lower emissions.
Earlier versions of the V6 engine only has CVVT on the intake camshaft. Furthermore, the two engines benefit from the introduction of a new six-speed automatic transmission with manual control SHIFTRONIC
Unit 3.3-liter V6 now produces 250 horsepower is estimated at 6200 rpm and 233 lbs.-ft. torque at 4500 rpm, up from 234 hp and 226 lb-ft in the model 2010. With this machine, 2011 Azera returns an estimated 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway (2010MY: 18mpg and 26mpg respectively).
The 3.8-liter V6 churning out larger 272 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 262 lbs.-ft. torque at 4500 rpm, with returns 18 mpg city / 28 mpg highway. 263HP The 2010 Azera's 3.8-liter V6 engine returned 17mpg city and 26mpg highway.
As with Grandeur KDM, cosmetic tweaks in 2011 Azera is minimal. The most striking exterior updates concern reshaped front bumper, new headlights with LED lighting accents surround, new chrome grille and round foglights.
Redesigned LED taillights and restyled bumper with integrated chrome tailpipes and decklid fit in the back along with revised exterior mirrors and new designs for wheels complete the exterior updates list.
Inside, the changes limited to the newly completed metalgrain brush applied to the gear shift indicator area, cover the cup holders, ashtray lid and cover the center console.
While the Azera does not mean a big seller for Hyundai, auto refreshing show that the company wanted to offer front-drive large sedan for those who do not want to go to Genesis. 2011 Azera will be available starting this spring.