We already know that the Hyundai Staria is now in the country. It's available in 3 distinct variants (Commuter, GLS+ and Premium+ AWD) and can come with 11 seats or 7 seats thanks to a pair of captain's chairs in the middle row. But did you know the Staria is also available as a business mover?
Aside from the passenger models, Hyundai Motor Philippines Inc (HMPI) has also brought the Staria Cargo. Also called the Staria Load in other markets, the cargo van features the same sleek exterior but trades the rear seats for real estate.
Without the seats occupying the back, Hyundai claims this particular Staria has 4,935 liters of cargo space. In addition, it gets rear barn doors instead of the regular tailgate which makes for easier loading and unloading.
It also has a wide-opening sliding door on the side which will allow forklifts to easily put or pull out heavy pallets or boxes. Last but not least, the cargo van version of the Staria has rear leaf springs instead of the standard 5-link rigid axle with coil spring to ensure it can move heavy payload.
Since it doesn't have rear seats at the back, Hyundai made the Staria Cargo into a 3-seater. That means aside from the driver, they can be accompanied by two additional crew members. When it comes to amenities, the Staria Cargo has a 2-DIN sound system that supports AM/FM radio, USB, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Other available features present inside the Staria Cargo include manual air-conditioning, fabric seats, a 4.2-inch TFT multi-info display, a USB charging port, and a tilt/telescoping steering column.
Like the rest of the lineup, the Staria Cargo has a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel inline-four. It makes 177 PS at 3800 rpm along with 430 Nm of torque at 1500 – 2500 rpm. Power is then sent to a 6-speed manual gearbox. Compared to its closest rival, the Hiace Cargo, the Staria Cargo generates an additional 41 PS and comes with 130 Nm of extra pull.
The Hyundai Staria Cargo is now available and retails for PHP 1,560,000.