Hyundai Az­era adds new driv­ing tech­nolo­gies to pre­mium ameni­ties

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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.

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