Watch out Kombi! Hyundai's hot Staria set to rattle SA's MPV market with H1 replacement

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2021 Hyundai Staria MPV
2021 Hyundai Staria MPV

Hyundai aims to launch the Staria locally towards the end of the year.

The MPV will make use of a 2.2-litre VGT turbodiesel engine, the same one that will be used in the new Santa Fe SUV.

It is available in a total of eight exterior colours.

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Hyundai is shaking up the luxury MPV segment with the launch of its all-new Staria.

It will be available in seven, nine and 11-seater configurations, and in two variants - Staria and Staria Premium - with the latter being the top-of-the-range offering.

Hyundai aims to launch the Staria locally towards the end of the year. It will effectively replace the H1 9-seater bus.

Stanley Anderson, sales and operations director of Hyundai Automotive SA, says: "We are examining all configurations of the Staria – from the luxury seven-seater to the panel van version – to determine what the range in South Africa will consist of. With the luxury derivative, Hyundai will enter a segment for multi-purpose vehicles in the country where the brand did not compete before."

Korean quality

The MPV will make use of a 2.2-litre VGT turbodiesel engine - the same one used in the new Santa Fe SUV set to launch locally later in March - and it's coupled to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

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It is available in eight exterior colours - Abyss Black Pearl, Creamy White, Graphite Gray Metallic, Moonlight Blue Pearl, Shimmering Silver Metallic, Dynamic Yellow, Olivine Gray Metallic and Gaia Brown Pearl.

One of the most significant design cues is the horizontal daytime running lights and a positioning lamp that runs across the vehicle. The front also features a wider grille and a pair of low-set headlamps. Everything from the emblem, grille, headlamp bezels, front and rear bumpers, wheels, side mirrors and door handles are finished in tinted brass chrome on the Premium model.

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The rear features elongated vertical tail lamps, with the Staria Premium models receiving the brand's unique Parametric Pixel lamp design and garnish on top. The rear bumper is lowered so passengers can easily load and unload cargo with almost 5 000-litres of space to make use of.

2021 Hyundai Staria MPV
2021 Hyundai Staria MPV
2021 Hyundai Staria MPV
2021 Hyundai Staria MPV
2021 Hyundai Staria MPV
2021 Hyundai Staria MPV

Convenience comes from a 10-inch front display screen, touch-based centre fascia and a button-type electronic shift lever with a digital cluster located atop the dashboard. Its intelligent infotainment system is equipped with a wide-angle camera that enables the driver and front passenger to view rear passengers in the back seat on the display screen.

Hard to ignore

Both the driver and passengers have access to a centre console with cup holders, USB ports and additional storage space, and more space in the overhead console, bottom of the cluster, and top and bottom of the centre fascia.

The Staria's interior is available in black, black-and-beige two-tone, black-and-blue two-tone. The Premium variant offers grey-and-brown two-tone as well as grey-and-light-grey two-tone. The interior also features a 64-colour ambient mood lamp which available in all Staria Premium models.

The seven-seater Premium model comes with Premium Relaxation Seats in the second row that recline electronically and can also slide. The 9-seat Premium has individual seats in the second row that can swivel 180 degrees. A Bose sound system is also in tow.

As many as six airbags are offered, and all seats come with three-point seat belts and headrests. Safety is further enhanced by Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) and Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Wireless Module Seat Belt Reminder (WM-SBR), Safe Exit Assist (SEA) and Rear Occupant Alert (ROA).

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