Last week, we revealed to you the full specs of the 2023 Hyundai Creta, one of the new models of the newly-formed Hyundai Motor Philippines, Inc. (HMPH) that took over Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.’s (HARI) passenger car business. Now, thanks to one of our readers, we have the full specs of the rest of the lineup as well, which includes the all-new Hyundai Tucson, facelifted Santa Fe, and all-new Staria.
Firstly, the all-new 2023 Hyundai Tucson will be the South Korean automaker’s third most affordable vehicle. Competing with the likes of the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Toyota RAV4, and Subaru Forester, the Tucson has been completely redesigned in 2020. Thankfully, the model we’re getting seems to be loaded with features, and for this model, it’s the base gasoline variant that we recommend.
Regardless of which variant you’re choosing, the Tucson gets stuff like full LED headlamps with cornering lights, LED daytime running lights, wing mirrors with heating, smart entry with push-button start, 10.25-inch fully-digital gauges, 8-inch touch screen infotainment with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather seats, auto climate control, just to name a few. On the other hand, the top trim GLS+ diesel gets a power-adjustable driver’s seat, bigger 19-inch wheels, an electronic gear shifter, and a powered tailgate.
- Tucson 2.0 GLS (Gas) – P1,570,000
- Tucson 2.0 GLS+ (Diesel) – P1,840,000
Next is the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe midsize SUV. Competing with the likes of the Mazda CX-8 and Peugeot 5008, the diesel-fed Santa Fe received a facelift in 2021, though surprisingly, it actually rides on an all-new platform that also underpins the Palisade. As a result, expect a significant improvement in terms of the driving experience. For the Santa Fe, you can expect features such as a powered tailgate, leather seats, 10.25-inch fully-digital gauges, 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, power-adjustable front seats, and a range of advanced driver-assistance tech such as a 360-degree camera system, blind spot warning with collision avoidance, blind spot camera, and rear cross traffic alert.
- Santa Fe 2.2 GLS – P2,420,000
Lastly, the 2023 Hyundai Staria will serve as the brand’s fighter to the Toyota Hiace. Already a popular vehicle in the gray market, the Staria will come in four variants, all of which are diesels: Cargo, Commuter (11-seater), GLS+ (11-seater), and Premium (7-seater). The first two are targeted mainly for commercial use, though oddly enough, it’s the Commuter variant that gets black bumpers instead of the Cargo variant. As expected, these two variants don’t get a lot of luxuries, as they only make do with fabric upholstery, analog gauges, monochrome LCD for the radio, power windows, mirrors, and door locks, just to name a few.
Moving towards the consumer-oriented GLS+ and Premium, this is where you now get stuff such as a 10.25-nch fully digital gauge cluster, 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, smart entry with push-button start, electronic parking brake, 360-degree camera, blind spot camera, just to name a few. Splurging for the flagship 7-seater Premium variant gives you a lot of luxuries for the price, such as powered tailgate and sliding doors, Bose surround sound system, dual sunroofs, and a comprehensive suite of advanced driver-assistance tech that ranges from automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane centering.
- Staria 2.2 Cargo MT (3-seater) – P1,560,000
- Staria 2.2 Commuter MT (11-seater) – P1,850,000
- Staria 2.2 GLS+ AT (11-seater) – P2,320,000
- Staria 2.2 Premium AWD (7-seater) – P2,930,000
As for the Raize-rivalling Venue small SUV, its specs and pricing carry over nearly unchanged. The only upgrade as it transitions under its new distributor is the addition of power-folding mirrors for the base GL.
- Venue 1.6 GL AT – P915,000
- Venue 1.6 GLS AT – P985,000
With these specs and prices, is HMPH on its way to a great comeback in the Philippine market? Would you once again consider buying a Hyundai as your next car?