The South Korean automaker has been dropping new information and pictures on its mid-size sedan that will take its place between the Sonata and the Genesis. This time we have details on the engine options for the Korea domestic market version, which will continue to use the Grandeur nameplate.
In South Korea, the Azera will be offered with a choice of two naturally aspirated engines, both featuring direct-injection technology. The base model will be powered by the same 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder gasoline unit found on the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima, while the flagship version will be motivated by a 3.0-liter GDi V6 delivering 270HP and 31.6 kg/m of peak torque. The company states on the official brochure that the four-cylinder model will return an average fuel consumption of 12.8 km/lt while the V6 will deliver 11.6 km/lt.
The new Azera shares the same design language as the Sonata with its sloping roof line. However, the front grill seems more proportional on the Azera than the Sonata (a bit oversized). Similarly, the cockpit of the Azera looks like an enlarged version of the Sonataís.
Hyundai has not made any announcements regarding the powertrain options for the other markets. The 276 bhp 2.0 turbo powerplant (found in the Sonata) would be an interesting option if available. The Azera may get its North American debut at the New York Auto Show next April.