Specs to expect from the upcoming Hyundai Staria

Specs to expect from the upcoming Hyundai Staria

Hyundai will undergo a brand renaissance here in the Philippines, so to speak. Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) will replace Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. as the Korean carmaker's local passenger car distributor — and has expressed intent to bring in a slew of the freshest models from the global Hyundai lineup. 

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What are the key qualities of the Hyundai Staria?

    Over the Starex which it replaces, the Staria features a more modern exterior, a classier and roomier interior, and more safety technologies.
  • What will be the price of the Hyundai Staria range when Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) introduces it in July?

    If HMPH will bring in all Staria variants, it is expected that the vehicle will retail from below to P2 million up to P3.5 million.
  • Among these models is the Staria, which HMPH plans to launch this July.  

    If the Staria name rings a bell, then it's because the MPV is positioned as a replacement of the Starex van that's been in the Hyundai lineup for so long. Like the van it's bound to replace, the Staria's brief is to bring passengers and cargo in a practical cabin — but with sleek and classy styling inside and out. 

    In international markets, the Staria comes in Premium, Wagon, and Van flavors, with each packing nine and seven seats, 11 and nine, and five to three seats, respectively. The Van variants are tailored as cargo-hauling commercial vehicles, while the Wagon and Premium are poised for families and the upscale set. 

    And given that HMPH would likely want to recoup the sales the brand has admittedly lost in recent years, we'll make quite a bold prediction: The company will introduce to the market most, if not all, Staria variants. That's to give buyers the widest possible choices of Staria according to their needs and budget. 

    Hyundai Staria

    Hyundai Staria

    With that said, let's focus on the Staria Premium variant, which, after all, is the top-trim model of the Staria group. 

    Outside, the Staria retains the tall and boxy stance of a van, but stylizes this with various accoutrements. In the Staria Premium, the front end is gifted with an LED light bar that runs across the width of the vehicle, while below this, LED headlights are bordered by the imposing chrome brass grille. 

    At the rear, the Staria Premium's high-end vertical tail lamps highlight the tall body, and are applied with Hyundai’s unique Parametric Pixel LED design.

    Entering the cabin of Staria by way of its power sliding doors is one indication that this new model is indeed more upscale than its predecessor. In the Staria Premium's nine and seven seats and captains chairs, these feature ottomans and even swiveling function to allow passengers to face each other. Upping classy ambience inside is the 64-color mood lighting for these mentioned variants. 

    Hyundai Staria Hyundai Staria

    All Staria MPVs get expansive windows to allow a good view out, and a generous cargo area for various objects as standard. And thanks to expanded exterior dimensions, there's more cabin space over the outgoing model, too. 

    Moving this stylish and classy MPV is a pair of 2.2-liter diesel and 3.5-liter gasoline engines. The lower Staria variants get the four-cylinder oil-burner, while the upscale Staria versions get the six-cylinder gasoline with 272hp. There's a pair of six-speed manual and eight-speed automatics on offer, with the Staria Premium making do with two pedals. 

    Lastly, the Staria keeps up with the modern times yet again with its Hyundai SmartSense suite of safety technologies. Among other functions, the SmartSense packs autonomous braking, lane keep assist, and blind spot monitoring. We're hoping local Staria units come with this safety kit. 

    We also have our fingers crossed that the new Hyundai distributor would bring in the Staria range, which we predict will retail from the upper reaches of P1 million to just above P3 million for the top-of-the-line variant. 

    Hyundai Staria

    And if the Staria Premium does reach our shores in July, you already have an idea what to expect from the MPV. A speculative spec sheet of the model is available below. 

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Hyundai Staria Premium Smartstream Gasoline 3.5 MPI 8 Speed Automatic FWD (7 Seater)

    Vehicle Type

    MPV

    Length

    5,253mm

    Width

    1,997mm

    Height

    1,990mm

    Wheelbase

    3,273mm

    Engine displacement

    3,470cc

    Engine Type

    Smartstream 3.5 Gasoline Six-Cylinder

    Maximum torque/rpm

    400Nm/ 5,000

    Maximum power output/rpm

    272ps/6,400

    Cargo Volume

    431 liters

    Transmission

    8-Speed Automatic 

     

    Drive

    Front-Wheel Drive

    Suspension

    (Front)McPherson Strut 

    (Rear) Multi-Link

    Brakes

    (Front) Ventilated Discs

    (Rear) Ventilated Discs

    Tires/Wheels

     235/55 R28 Alloy Wheels

    Front Grille

    Tinted Brass

    Headlamp

     LED Type 

    Front fog and driving lamp

     LED

    Daytime running lights

     LED

    Taillights

     LED

    Outside Rearview mirror

     Electric-Folding & Heated with Puddle Lamps and Side Turn Signal Lamps

    Front windshield wiper

     Rain-sensing

    Room lamp

     LED Center Lamp & Luggage Lamp

    Seating Capacity

     7

    Seat Material

     Leather

    Steering Wheel and Column

     4-Spoke Leather / Power Tilt and Telescopic Adjustable

    Instrument Panel  Center Cluster

     Leather 

    Sunvisors

    (Driver) Suede With Vanity Mirror and Lamp

    (Passenger) Suede With Vanity Mirror and Lamp

    Door trim

     Suede with Door Pockets 

    Power features

     Window, Doorlock, Outside Rear View Mirror + Retract

    Multi-information display

     4.2" Audio Display with Radio Data System

    Infotainment

    8" Display Audio 

    Back monitor

     With (Around View Monitor)

    Clearance and back sonar

     With 

    Air conditioning system

     Three-Zone Automatic Temperature Control

    Vehicle security system

    With Immobilizer and Alarm

     

    Push start system

     With

    Wireless door lock

     With Smart Entry

    Power Sliding Doors

    With

    Cruise control

     With

    SRS Airbags

     9 Airbags

    Brake control systems

     Anti-lock brake system (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC),

    Seatbelts

     

    3Pt. ELR x7 with Force Limiter & Pretensioner

     

    Child Proof Lock

     With

    Light control system

     With

    High mount stop lamp

     With

    Emergency stop lamp

     With 

    Sidedoor Impact Beams

     With

    Available Exterior Colors

    Creamy White, Graphite Gray Metallic, Moonlight Blue Pearl, Abyss Black Pearl, Shimmering Silver Metallic, Olivine Gray Metallic, Gala Brown Pearl imeless Black, White Cream, Steel Graphite, Sierra Burgundy, Moonlight Cloud

    Available Interior Colors with Nappa Leather

    Black Monotone, Blue Two-Tone, Brown Two-Tone, Gray Two-Tone, 

    PRICE

    P3 to P3.5 million est. 

     

    Photos from Hyundai 

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