[PHOTO GALLERY] 2012 Hyundai Azera previewed again ahead of L.A. Auto Show image

Even if Hyundai had previewed its 2012 Azera ahead of the Los Angeles Auto Show, the South Korean based automaker is keeping us busy once again by announcing extra details on its new model.

According to Hyundai, the new Azera is being powered by a 3.3 liter direct injection V6 engine which is developing a total output of 293 horsepower, 33 HP more than last year and 13 HP more than the larger 3.8 liter V6 which came as an option for the 2011 model, being also 10 HP stronger than Chrysler’s new Pentastar 3.6 liter and a few horsepower more than Ford’s latest 3.5 liter V6 unit. The 3.3 liter engine in the new Azera is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with short-shift mode which is helping the model to have an estimated 20/29 mpg, an increase of 1 mpg on the highway.

With electric power steering coming in standard, the new Azera is also packing nine airbags, including driver side knee airbag and rear seat side airbags, satellite radio, HD radio, USB port, Bluetooth with streaming audio, touchscreen, voice activated navigation system, leather upholstery, power front seats, heated front and rear seats, dual-zone climate control and a cooled glove box. Optional features include ventilated front seats, panoramic sunroof and an Infinity 555-watt audio system among many others.