Hyundai has upgraded its Azera (Grandeur in some markets) midsize sedan, giving it a new front design and a new diesel engine.
The front end now sports a different grille design, with chrome vertical slats replacing the horizontal ones of the pre-facelift model. The front bumper has also been redesigned, with the fog lights now in LED, while the rear now sports a high-gloss, two-tone design.
For the interior, the updated Azera now has enhanced audio equipment to go with the remodeled central console that houses the new climate-system controls and the eight-inch navigation screen.
The new Azera also boasts new safety and convenience features "to maximize customers’ satisfaction," like blind spot detection, front collision warning system, lane departure warning system, and advanced smart parking assist system.
For the first time, the Azera will have a diesel engine, with a 2.2-liter R mill equipped with a variable-geometry turbocharger powering the car with 199hp and 441Nm. The 2.4-liter Theta II gasoline direct-injection engine has been retained, but has been re-engineered to "offer improved everyday drivability in the mid-row range of rpm," with an output of 187hp and a torque of 241Nm.
The Azera is sold in the Philippines, but there's no word yet on when (or if) Hyundai Asia Resources will bring in this updated version.