Hyundai’s next-gen people mover and van family offers advanced technologies and a new design.
The 2021 Hyundai Staria has been revealed in full, ahead of its local launch in July or August 2021.
First showcased in official images in March 2021, the Staria will replace the ageing iLoad van and iMax people mover locally, with a futuristic new look, interior technologies on par with Hyundai‘s passenger car range, and a suite of advanced safety features missing from the current model.
While full specifications for Australia have yet to be confirmed, international buyers will have the choice of standard ‘Staria’ and high-spec luxury Staria Premium models, with interior configurations offering between two and 11 seats, as van and people movers respectively – though the flagship 11-seat Premium will be exclusive to South Korea.
On the styling front, Hyundai claims the Staria “[evokes] the streamlined form of a spaceship”, with an LED daytime-running light strip running across the width of the front end, low-set headlines, expansive glasshouse openings and tall vertical tail-lights.
Whereas regular Staria models feature body-coloured front air intakes, flagship Premium variants score a tinted brass chrome finish for grille, headlight surrounds, bumpers, wheels, mirrors, door handles and badging, plus a unique LED tail-light design with a Parametric Pixel theme similar to the new Ioniq 5.
Eight exterior colours are available: Abyss Black Pearl, Creamy White, Graphite Grey Metallic, Olivine Grey Metallic, Shimmering Silver Metallic, Moonlight Blue Pearl, Dynamic Yellow, and Gaia Brown Pearl.
Inside, the spaceship inspiration is said to continue, with front-row passengers benefiting a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a circa-12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen with smartphone mirroring, touch-based infotainment controls, and a push-button gear shifter.
Staria Premium models are fitted as standard with a 64-colour ambient cabin lighting system, with a Bose premium sound system also available.
The Staria people mover measures 5253mm long, 1997mm wide and 1990mm high, riding on a 3273mm wheelbase – 103mm longer overall, 77mm wider, 65mm taller and 73mm longer in wheelbase than the outgoing iMax.
In two- or three-seat cargo van configurations, Hyundai claims close to 5000 litres (5.0 cubic metres) of load space, with the cargo area lengthened and widened to support three Euro pallets.
International buyers will have a choice of two engines – one petrol and one diesel – with “eco-friendly variants” said to arrive in coming years.
The diesel engine is a 2.2-litre turbo four-cylinder, developing 130kW and 431Nm – up 5kW, but down 10Nm over the outgoing iLoad and iMax’s 2.5-litre turbo diesel engine.
Customers keen on a petrol engine can opt for a 3.5-litre V6 likely shared with the Santa Fe SUV, producing 200kW and 331Nm.
Diesel buyers are given a choice of six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmissions, with the petrol engine exclusively mated to the torque-converter auto.
Under the skin, new multi-link independent rear suspension and specially-designed shock absorbers feature for improved ride comfort, while upgraded brake calipers and discs claim to provide “stable stopping power”.
Where the Staria takes one of its biggest strides forward over the iLoad and iMax is in the safety department, with the new model featuring a full suite of active safety technologies not previously available.
Driver assistance technologies on offer include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring (with detection and braking functionality), a wireless seatbelt reminder system, Safe Exit Assist (preventing the doors being opening into oncoming hazards), and Rear Occupant Alert.
The infotainment system features a wide-angle rear-facing camera to view rear passengers from the front seats, along with a loudspeaker function to aid communication.
Seven airbags are fitted, as are three-point seatbelts and headrests for all seats.
The 2022 Hyundai Staria will arrive in Australia before the end of August 2021.
The brand promises a range of Special Variants in the coming years (including a camper), along with “eco-friendly” variants.