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New Hyundai Azera to Debut in LA

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author photo by Jeffrey Archer July 2011

An all-new version of Hyundai's premium Azera midsize sedan will debut in November at the Los Angeles Auto Show. So says Hyundai America chief executive John Krafcik, who announced the car is in its final development stages in a Tweet sent earlier this week from Hyundai USA's Twitter account.

According to Krafcik's Tweet, which was signed "-jfk" to indicate he had sent it, Hyundai is in the final stages of ride and handling tuning for the Azera, "and it's dialing in nicely." A redesigned Azera would mark the model's second generation. It would also mark the third generation of a front-wheel drive premium sedan in Hyundai's lineup, which began in 2001 with the release of the XG300.

The new Azera will likely be heavily based on the Korean-market Hyundai Grandeur, which went on sale there earlier this year. In South Korea, the Grandeur is sold with a 3.0-liter V6, but we'd expect that engine to be swapped out for the Genesis's 333-horsepower 3.8-liter V6, or the 274-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder found in the Sonata.

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While Hyundai hasn't released pricing for the new Azera, we expect the sedan to start in the high-$20,000 range. That means the Azera may steal sales from high-end versions of Hyundai's own Sonata - but a higher price may push it into competition with the critically-acclaimed Genesis. While that leaves some industry observers wondering if Hyundai even has room for the Azera in its lineup, the automaker remains committed to the premium sedan despite just 3,051 sales in 2010.

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