What is it? The Hyundai Azera's 2011 update includes a new six-speed automatic transmission and powertrain refinements that the automaker says will raise fuel economy while gaining horsepower. Buyers will have a choice between a 3.3-liter and a 3.8 liter V6s. The Azeras look has been tweaked as well: The upcoming model has a new front bumper fascia, headlights, fog lights, and grille. The rear bumper is redesigned as well and the Azeras new taillights are LED.
What's new and notable? The 3.3-liter, available in GLS trim, will have variable valve timing for both intake and exhaust, which should get it 260 horsepower, a net gain of 26 hp from 2010. Hyundai says it will get 28 mpg on the highway, a 2 mpg gain. The larger 3.8-liter V6, found in Limited trim, also gets a bump in power. Its 283 hp is 20 more than last years model. And while the previous large V6 returned 26 mpg on the highway, the new one ups this by 1 mpg. The standard six-speed automatic transmission theyre mated to is 26 pounds lighter than last years five-speed and drivers can shift it manually. It has no dipstick since the transmission fluid is designed to last the lifetime of the vehicle.
When will it be available? Spring 2010.