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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Hyundai has unveiled the 2012 Hyundai Azera/Grandeur in South Korea

The wait has finally over and today Hyundai has finally unveiled the much anticipated large saloon model in its homeland of South Korea after numerous teases and also a very first 4D advertisement in Korea.

The 2012 Hyundai Azera to us here in Malaysia or Grandeur in some other markets has been significantly well engineered and this amazing piece of vehicles has took Hyundai three and half years and also 450 Billion won or RM 1.265 Billion that has been spend on research, development and also vehicles testing of the car. This new large saloon has been positioned in between the Hyundai Sonata YF that was sold here under Hyundai Sime Darby Malaysia and Hyundai Genesis sedan that has been launched in the United States. In terms of the stats, the Hyundai Azera thrums its competitor namely the Honda Legend in almost every dimension with the most noticeable would be the wheelbase where the Hyundai Azera was 45mm longer than the one in Honda Legend. Besides that the Azera was measured at 4,910mm long with a width of 1,860mm and 1,470mm of height.

The Hyundai Azera comes with a lot of kits with acronyms such as VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitor System), ESS (Emergency Stop Signal) and VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and also a nine airbags systems that includes a driver’s knee airbags. Besides that, Hyundai has add up a very nice features of Hyundai’s Advance Smart Cruise Control ala Mercedes Distronic where the car monitors a safe distance between the car ahead and automatically applies brake whenever necessary and resume the journey when the traffic has ease based on the software calculation.

Besides that, Hyundai also throws in a Smart Parking Assist System that combines all the round sensors to measure a parallel parking spaces take control of the steering wheel and let the car do the magic. What the driver only needs to do is control the throttle and also applies the brakes. This feature also has been implemented on the Hyundai Avante/Elantra for the top of the range model.

In terms of engines choices, for the Korean market, currently there are only two choices namely the 2.4 litre four cylinder Theta II GDI with 201hp and a new 3.0 litre V6 Lambda II GDI engine that produce a massive 270hp. Both of the engine are mated to a standard six speed auto tranny which probably the same tranny that has been soldiered on the current Hyundai Sonata.

Enjoy the pic gallery after the jump.

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