Hyundai has just unveiled the first photos of its Starex successor. Called the Hyundai Staria, this new large van looks completely different from any of the South Korean automaker’s current lineup of vehicles, and that is thanks to a completely new design approach that Hyundai has undertaken for this van.
Rather than designing the exterior first, Hyundai did the complete opposite by implenting an ‘inside-out’ design process. Because Hyundai notices how important interior space is for consumers, the all-new Staria puts people’s comfort above everything else.
Hyundai says that the interior of the Staria is inspired by the lounge of a cruise ship. We’ll have to wait and see the vehicle in person if it’s truly the case, though the interior will feature varying degrees of plushness depending on the variant. As expected, lower variants meant for businesses and fleets will feature a more utilitarian and higher density interior, while the higher-end variants will feature plush materials, leather upholstery and more premium features.
The Hyundai Staria Premium will come with a 10.25-inch infotainment system, a fully-digital gauge cluster, LED ambient lighting and seating for seven or nine. The nine-seater version’s second-row seats have the ability to swivel while the seven-seater version’s captain’s chairs have a one-touch function that can recline the seat and raise the footrest simultaneously.
Moving towards the exterior, and you can clearly see that Hyundai truly emphasized interior space first. The beltline is extremely low, providing occupants huge expanses of glass. There’s also a complete lack of any form of character lines, making it look unlike any other car out there on the road. Upfront, the Premium variant shown here gets a unique mesh grille, LED headlamps, an LED daytime running light strip that runs across the car’s face, and various bronze elements, including the logo and the 18-inch wheels. The rear looks more conventional with its vertical LED taillights.
Hyundai is scheduled to fully reveal the all-new Staria within the first half of 2021, complete with all the details including powertrain and retail availability.
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