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There's an old saying "there is no replacement for displacement." Well, gasoline
direct injection technology has changed the game. The Lambda II 3.3-liter GDI
engine is the heart of the 2012 Azera. It produces a best-in-class specific
output of 88.8 horsepower per liter, while having the smallest displacement V6
in the segment. This engine has a high-pressure direct injection system (over
2,200 psi), which dramatically increases power and torque, while reducing fuel
consumption and emissions. This system eliminates the need for a large
displacement V6 engine and increases the compression ratio from 10.4 to 11.5 for
greater thermal efficiency and output. It also features all-aluminum
construction, four valves per cylinder, piston cooling jets, roller timing
chain, CrN Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) coating on the top ring chamfer and
Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) for a broad power spread. A
three-stage Variable Intake System (VIS) further broadens its power curve to
improve the vehicle's off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. EPA
fuel economy estimates for the Azera are 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway / 23 mpg
The engine is mated to Hyundai's six-speed automatic transmission with
SHIFTRONIC manual control. This transmission offers smooth shifts and a wide
ratio spread that ideally suits the engine's characteristics.
Azera's powertrain also has an Active Eco mode, which modifies engine and
transmission control for improved fuel economy that translates into more than a
five percent improvement in real-world fuel economy.
Advanced Connectivity and Standard Navigation
Touch-screen navigation with backup camera is standard on all Azeras. No other
car in the segment offers navigation with a backup camera as standard equipment.
This easy-to-use unit can be controlled via seven-inch WVGA touchscreen or
voice-activation by a headliner-mounted microphone. The system features 8GB of
flash memory and comes matched with a sound system that plays compact discs,
accesses digital music files via Bluetooth streaming audio or allows driver and
passengers to access their personal listening devices through the
iPod/USB/auxiliary inputs. Bluetooth audio wirelessly streams music from select
mobile phones to the head unit. Also, with a Bluetooth-enabled phone one can
look up a local restaurant and call for reservations before plotting the route.
Azera is available with two audio systems. Standard is a Dimension
AM/FM/Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with seven-speakers and
iPod/USB/auxiliary input jacks. An Infinity 550-watt, Logic 7 audio system with
12 speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer and external amplifier is
available. An XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the head unit
and features channel logos and XM Data services, such as XM NavWeather, XM Stock
Ticker and XM Sports Ticker. Azera also offers standard HD Radio technology.
A Bluetooth hands-free phone system with voice recognition, address book
download and audio streaming is standard.
Azera's elegance is further brought to life through a bold color palette
including Black Onyx Pearl, Porcelain White Pearl, Silver Frost Metallic, Smoke
Gray Metallic, Hyper Silver Metallic, Venetian Red Pearl, Bronze Mist Metallic
and Midnight Blue Pearl. Interior color choices are Camel, Graphite Black and
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