Hyundai is here with yet another masterpiece. The all new 2018 Hyundai Azera bridges the gap between the Sonata and the Genesis. Offering astonishing features, comfort and luxury on board the Azera, Hyundai is set to win people’s hearts once again.
On the outside, the Azera has a completely formal and significantly different profile. The long hood, sitting on the upright version corporate grille and a more vertical windshield are all proofs of Hyundai’s new design language, which is more simple and rich rather than edgy and rakish, while being equally sporty at the same time. The LED headlights have been picked up as an upgrade to that of the Elantra’s and look smart and sharp. The flanks also receive long, edgy character lines that give the car an american muscular appeal.
At the back, the Azera keeps the full-width taillights that flow from edge-to-edge and give the vehicle a unique and trademark look, the only one in its segment. Below the taillights sit the large pair of twin exhausts that remind us of the Suzuki Kizashi, a car that was widely eminent for its rear look and appeal.
There has been a drastic change on the inside as well. The interiors now look much straighter and have a more premium feel to it than before. The dash has rich feel to it with its two toned (dark at the top, lighter at the bottom) double-stitched leather flowing across the width of the car, along with adequate chrome accents to give it a shiny and fresh look. The updated instrument panel looks simple and neat with just the adequate amount of buttons to not give us a claustrophobic feel. The wide infotainment touchscreen sits smartly at the top followed by the AC vents and the elementary looking controls for the stereo and automatic climate control.
The only thing that looks a tad-bit out of place is the analog clock next to the infotainment screen. Hyundai has also gone with a traditional looking gear lever for a car of this sort and segment, which is really surprising as it will compete with the sorts of the highest quality German rivals – Merc, BMW and Audi.
There’s loads of storage space all around the cabin, so you need not worry about keeping your stuff. On the other hand, the plastics used are of good quality except for at some places like those of the power window buttons and the instrument panel.
While Hyundai has really upped its game with the Azera’s new model, it still has some improvement it could do with. Hyundai has yet to reveal any stats, pricing or availability for the new Azera. The car is expected to launch in the South Korean markets first next month where it will be known by the name ‘Grandeur’. However, we would imagine more details will be coming soon ahead of its US launch. It is hoped to be launched in India next year following the launch of the new Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.