Hyundai is aggressively turning the ASEAN region into one of its key markets. With the South Korean automaker already bolstering its ASEAN presence through a manufacturing hub in Indonesia, all that’s needed now are vehicles that cater specifically to the region’s needs. The upcoming Hyundai Stargazer is one such vehicle, and its format is perfect for the needs of consumers in Southeast Asia.
As a rival to the likes of the Toyota Avanza/Veloz and Mitsubishi Xpander, the Hyundai Stargazer will take in the form of a subcompact MPV. While not a lot of details have been revealed as of the moment, we’re sure that the Stargazer will be a very distinct and stylish MPV.
This begins with some of the design elements that the South Korean automaker has teased. Upfront, the Stargazer will carry a similar fascia that’s found in the Staria van. Its horizontal LED daytime running lights will definitely set the Stargazer apart from its rivals, while the rear fascia’s full-width “H rear lamp” will certainly give this MPV a striking rear end, especially at night.
Woojune Cha, President Director of PT Hyundai Motors Indonesia says, “As a part of Hyundai’s commitment to becoming a game-changer in Indonesia, we continue to strive to provide products according to the characteristics and needs of the Indonesians. The Hyundai Stargazer is designed to set a new benchmark in its class and becomes an iconic product like the hallmark of an innovative and futuristic Hyundai. As a customer-centric brand, we are happy that this product can be built based on customer input and can answer the needs of the active and dynamic Indonesians. We hope that Hyundai Stargazer will have a very positive response in Indonesia.”
Powertrain and interior details are also scarce as of the moment, though just like its rivals, we won’t be surprised if the Stargazer will be powered by a similarly-sized 1.5-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. In the Stargazer’s case, it may utilize the brand’s latest Smartstream G 1.5-liter engine that produces 115 hp and 144 Nm of torque from the second-generation Creta subcompact SUV. This will most likely be mated to a 6-speed manual or a CVT, driving the front wheels.
What do you think of the Hyundai Stargazer? Will this make you pause for a moment and cancel your existing Avanza/Veloz or Xpander reservation?