Hyundai Azera adds new driving technologies to premium amenities
For 2016, Hyundai has increased the appeal of its award-winning Azera premium sedan, offering new convenience driving technologies such as Smart Cruise Control with Stop/ Start capability and Electronic Parking Brake to Limited models.
The 2016 Azera represents an advanced approach to the traditional premium sedan segment by delivering a powerful yet efficient powertrain, modern design, and luxury features combined with Hyundai’s consistently strong value proposition. Azera continues to offer customers the highest levels of luxury, performance, and efficiency, all brought together in an innovative design.
Azera meets the mechanics of flight
Azera’s Fluidic Sculpture design takes inspiration from the mechanics of flight. The exterior of the Azera is long, light and low. The unique, undulating beltline allows for a long, sleek roofline accented by the third window and wraparound LED taillights. A monoform side profile includes flowing lines into the rear quarter panel. The face is masculine, with a powerful, winged chrome grille and available HID headlamps that integrate precise details, coupled with LED fog lights on the Limited model. From the side, the stance is complemented by large-diameter multi-spoke alloy wheels (standard 18inch and available 19-inch).
The elegant look continues inside where Hyundai has created an upscale ambiance, with a flow-through center stack and instrument panel that creates a dual-cockpit front passenger space. These flowing surfaces complement the exterior design and wrap around the driver and passengers. Also on the interior, illuminated door sill plates greet passengers as they enter the vehicle.
Accommodating interior with standard leather
Azera offers luxurious appointments that rival the finest premium sedans. It offers a roomy cabin with more than 45 inches of legroom and 40 inches of headroom for front-seat passengers. Hyundai focuses heavily on other interior details, such as an optional panoramic sunroof, which allows more natural light into the cabin, and 3D Carbon interior accents. Other available luxury equipment includes a power rear sunshade and manual rear side window shades. The side shades, not found on any other car in the Azera’s segment, can be conveniently tucked away when not in use.
Given the functionality and design of the Azera, seat quality and comfort is of extreme importance to the feel of the car. Azera offers first-class seating for all passengers, offering leather seating as standard equipment with a 12-way power driver and eight-way front passenger seat. The driver’s seat includes a seat cushion extension and an integrated memory system for the seat, steering wheel column and side mirrors, while Azera climate and seat temperature controls keep occupants in total comfort. Azera models include standard power-folding side mirrors.
Azera also offers an innovative Hands-free Smart Trunk opener that automatically opens the trunk when the key is detected near the trunk for three seconds, for a convenient means of trunk access. Unlike some competitors, the Azera system opens by simply the presence of the key near the trunk, and does not require a kicking motion under the trunk by the driver. The system can be disabled whenever desired as well.
Finally, Azera offers heated front and rear seats, dual automatic temperature control, second row air vents, and cooled glove box, all standard.
Best-in-class specific output
With the introduction of direct injection, Hyundai didn’t have to increase the displacement of the V6 engine in the pursuit of more power. The sophisticated Lambda II 3.3-liter direct-injected V6 engine is the heart of the Azera. It produces best-in-class specific output of 88.8 horsepower per liter, while also boasting the smallest displacement V6 in its class. The engine’s high-pressure direct injection system (over 2,200 psi), increases power and torque, while simultaneously reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The system eliminates the need for greater displacement, and increases the compression ratio from 10.4 to 11.5 in the pursuit of greater thermal efficiency and power output.
The engine 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). A threestage Variable Intake System (VIS) further broadens the engines power curve to improve the vehicle’s off-the-line acceleration and passing performance. EPA-estimated fuel economy for the Azera is 20 mpg city / 29 mpg highway / 23 mpg combined (19/28/22 for Limited model).
The engine is mated to a Hyundai-developed sixspeed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual control. This system offers smooth shifts and gear ratios that ideally suit engine torque delivery characteristics. The Azera powertrain also has an Active Eco mode, which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy.
Steering and suspension
Azera is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension, coil springs and a 24mm front stabilizer bar. The multi-link independent rear suspension enables precise geometry for a premium ride while enhancing agility. The precision of the advanced frontand rear-suspension is maximized through Sachs Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD), allowing tuning flexibility at smaller damper displacements for optimal small bump comfort.The ASD-equipped suspension provides:
• Improved ride comfort with superior body and wheel control
• Increased driving comfort without compromised handling
• Optimized tire contact with the road surface
Azera offers 245/45R18 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, and for Limited models, 19inch alloy wheels are fitted with 245/40R19 tires.
Advanced standard safety technologies
Azera features a number of advanced safety features. Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist is standard on all Azeras, helping to alert drivers of vehicles present in their mirror blind spots, or crossing behind the vehicle when backing up. Lane Change Assist measures the distance closing rate of a vehicle in an adjacent lane to help determine if changing lanes is safe and provides both audible and visual alerts in the respec- tive side mirror to help the driver make safer lane changes.
On Limited models, Lane Departure Warning (LDW) helps alert drivers when they might depart their lane unintentionally without using their turn signal. In addition, Automatic High Beam Assist on Limited models automatically dims headlights toward oncoming traffic to help reduce high-beam glare for approaching drivers. Limited models offer Forward Collision Warning (FCW), which provides both audible and visual alerts to drivers of a potential forward collision, alerting the driver to apply braking to prevent or mitigate an imminent collision in the front of the vehicle.
Azera includes a Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system, which optimally manages ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS). VSM works to control two effects: first is the unwanted minor pull in one direction when the car accelerates or brakes on a split-mu surface (slippery on one side, dry pavement on the other). VSM detects this natural pull and applies steering input in the required direction to counter the pull by automatically providing counter-steering force. The second is the counter-weight effect that occurs during a sudden lane change or cornering
maneuver: VSM counter steers in the opposite direction to help stop the back of the car from stepping outof-line.
The Azera also features a state-of-the-art braking package. The package includes four-wheel disc brakes (12.6 inch front and 11.2 inch rear) and an Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) including Brake Assist, which provides maximum braking force when a panic stop is detected, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), to automatically adjust the braking force to front and rear axles based on the vehicle’s load conditions. In addition, Electronic Parking Brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold has been added to Azera Limited models for extra driving convenience.
Azera has nine airbags including dual front, front and rear outboard seat-mounted side-impact, front and rear side curtain airbags and a driver’s knee airbag. Additionally, Azera offers impressive passive safety features including a Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) system for children’s seats and three-point seatbelts for all positions.
Connectivity and multimedia features
• Azera comes standard with a three-month trial period of SiriusXM Satellite Radio
• Real-time SiriusXM Travel Link three-month trial period, including traffic, weather, sports, stocks, fuel prices, even movie times, multi-cultural channels and recording capability
• Azera offers the clarity of digital HD Radio Technology
• Pandora and SoundHound capability
• Standard Bluetooth hands-free phone system and auxiliary iPod/USB inputs
An eight-inch touchscreen navigation system with integrated backup camera is standard, as well as an Infinity 550-watt, Logic7 Surround Sound premium audio system with 14 speakers, including an eight-inch subwoofer and external amplifier.
The system display offers superior brightness and touch sensitivity, making touch-and-drag functions easy, while offering a splitscreen mode that simultaneously displays navigation and music modes. This LCD screen will also display album cover art from appropriate media sources. The unit can be controlled via either eight-inch WVGA touchscreen or voice-activation by an overhead console-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.
Azera comes standard with iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, HD Radio and Bluetooth phone connectivity with phonebook transfer and voice-recognition. A SiriusXM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the head unit and features channel logos and SiriusXM Data Services, such as Travel Link, which includes traffic, sports, weather, stocks, fuel prices, and even movie times. SiriusXM Data Services and Travel Link are complimentary for a threemonth trial period to new Azera owners.
Further, SiriusXM capabilities include recording on presets one through six, so switching to a preset station in the middle of your favorite song no longer means you have to miss something on your favorite channels. Rewind up to 22 minutes to listen to the full song or catch up on an important sports broadcast. Azera also supports Pandora and SoundHound applications as well as “Eyes Free” Siri integration, which allows drivers to perform a variety of functions without taking their eyes off the road. Finally, a Wi-Fi client assists with downloadable apps.
Connected Care and Hyundai Blue Link
The Azera is equipped with Hyundai’s next-generation Blue Link safety, service and infotainment telematics system. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google, Remote Door Lock/ Unlock and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. In addition to these features and services, Azera models come with one year of complimentary Blue Link Connected Care. Connected Care is a suite of safety and car care features providing Hyundai owners with ser- vices including Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, monthly vehicle health reporting and maintenance alerts.
The Azera next-generation Blue Link system also includes the Vehicle Safeguards Alerts In-Vehicle App. This app allows parents to coach teen drivers by monitoring their Hyundai’s speed, hours of operation and movements via text message, e-mail or both. The app allows these alerts can be set and modified from inside the vehicle. Blue Link is offered on Azera in three service packages: Connected Care, Remote and Guidance:-Connected Care (complimentary for one-year):
• Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
• SOS Emergency Assistance
• Enhanced Roadside Assistance
• Monthly Vehicle Health Report
• Driving Information
• Maintenance Alerts
• Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification (DTC)
• OnDemand Diagnostics
• Service Link
• Blue Link App (smartphone)
• Hyundai Assurance Car Care in-vehicle app Remote:
• Remote Start with Climate Control
• Remote Door Lock/Unlock
• Remote Horn and Lights
• Car Finder via Mobile App
• Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Slowdown and Immobilization
• Vehicle Safeguards Alerts (in-vehicle app)
• Alarm Notification Guidance:
• Destination search powered by Google
• POI Web Search and Download
Hyundai Motor America
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.