The 2018 Hyundai Azera is a full size sedan which manages to strike a good balance between the comfort of its passengers and the actual performance of the car. However, unlike the Kia Cadenza which is based on the same platform, the Azera is not that great to drive even though it has one of the better engines in its class. The steering feels vague, the suspension is not the most efficient out there and it makes the car lean quite noticeable in tight corners and the brakes are much worse than those of its competitors which is a bit disappointing.
Under the hood of the 2018 Hyundai Azera we are not going to see the rumored twin-turbo V6 but it will very likely use the same engine as the current model. This is a naturally aspirated 3.3 liter V6 which is quite capable at 293 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. It is quite fuel efficient thanks to the direct fuel injection system and the 6 speed automatic used on the current model makes it a very good choice. The only real drawback of the V6 is the fuel consumption which is around 24 MPG on average. This could be improved in the new model with a new dual-clutch transmission which would further reduce gear changing time and it would allow for a sportier driving style.
The performance of the 2018 Hyundai Azera will be on par or better with that of its competitors and the base model should now come with a lot of improvements to its running gear. It will get an adaptive suspension system, a different brake management system as well as better tires. These should drop the 0 to 60 MPH time from the current 6.2 seconds to around 6 seconds and it should allow the Azera to hit 155 MPH with ease.
2018 Azera Interior
Inside the 2018 Hyundai Azera cabin, the futuristic design of the dashboard is likely going to change which would actually make a lot of people happy because the current model was not that easy to use and the materials used for the dashboard were just average. All the controls are now going to be laid out in a more logical manner and the screen mounted on the center console is going to be operated via a knob which should make it a lot easier to use than the old touch-screen one.
The exterior of the 2018 Hyundai Azera will also change dramatically from the current model. In fact, many people said that it will get a design inspired by that of the Genesis which should make for a sportier car while the front end will likely borrow some design elements from Hyundai’s other sedan, the Aslan.
2018 Hyundai Azera Release Date and Price
In order to solve most of these problems and allow the car to get a better share of the market to itself, the South Korean manufacturer will release an all new car with the 2018 Azera which is set to replace the current model which has been around for the last five years. Unlike what most people thought, the new model will not be based on a rear wheel drive platform like the more expensive Genesis but it will in fact use a modified platform of the Sonata so it will continue to be front wheel drive. This time around though, the Azera should be a much better car than before due to all the improvements Hyundai is going to make to its chassis. The release date for the new model should be some time at the end of 2017 and when it will come out, it should cost around $35,000 which is similar to the current model but slightly more than some of its competitors.
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December 16, 2016