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The Hyundai Azera saloon has been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show today

The latest car to feature Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture design language, the Hyundai Azera saloon, has been unveiled at the Los Angeles motor show today.

The Hyundai Azera – which is based on the same platform as the Kia Cadenza – is the latest vehicle to adopt Hyundai’s new design language, currently used on its i40 and ix20 models.

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It is also the last car in Hyundai’s ‘24/7 version 2.0’ product initiative, which has resulted in seven new models being released in the past 24 months.

In the US market the Azera will compete against models such as the Nissan Maxima, Ford Taurus, Lexus ES350 and Buick LaCrosse V6.

The saloon will be offered with a 3.3-litre, V6 GDI (gasoline direct injection) engine and six-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic manual control. The engine produces 293bhp at 6400rpm and 255lb ft at 5200rpm.

Azera's powertrain has an active eco mode, which modifies engine and transmission control for improved fuel economy. It produces a combined 23mpg on the combined US cycle.

The Azera, which weighs 1638kg, is fitted with a MacPherson strut front suspension and multi-link independent rear suspension. It rides on a 2844mm wheelbase, with an overall length of 4909mm and width of 1859mm – dimensions that pitch it between the Sonata and Genesis models in Hyundai’s US range.

The Hyundai Azera goes on sale in the US early next year, but there are no indications that it will reach the UK market.

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