Hyundai launches all-new Custin minivan
If the Stargazer is a bit small for your liking and the Staria too big for everyday use, say no more as Hyundai Motor Philippines has launched its newest people carrier.
The manufacturer has launched the all-new Custin minivan and it serves as the middle ground between the Stargazer MPV and the Staria in Hyundai's people mover offerings.
Beginning with its size, the 2024 Custin measures 4950mm long, 1850 mm wide, and 1725 mm tall with a wheelbase of 3055 mm.
But unlike the Stargazer and Staria which share a futuristic-looking front end, Hyundai went for a more contemporary design with the Custin's front fascia. In fact, it appears to have borrowed some design cues from its SUV sibling, the current-generation Tucson with the way Hyundai integrated the headlights with the large grille.
At the side is what you'd expect from a typical minivan. The Custin has large sliding doors on both sides with a pronounced character crease line, while the back gets the proud “HYUNDAI” badge and a unique set of LED taillights connected to a full-width light bar. Depending on the variant, the all-new Custin rolls on either 17 or 18-inch wheels.
Inside, the Hyundai Custin has comfortable seating for 7 – two in front, two in the middle with the captain seats, and three in the 3rd row. The seats are wrapped in gray leather, and natural lighting at the cabin is courtesy of a panoramic sunroof.
In terms of interior features, the Custin has a 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster, a 10.4-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth and USB connectivity, auto climate control, wireless charging ports, a 12V power outlet, and one-touch power control on both the sliding doors and tailgate.
Powering the Custin is a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder Smartstream T-GDI gasoline engine that puts out 170 PS at 5500 rpm and 253 Nm of torque from 1500 to 4000 rpm. The turbocharged lump drives power to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and four selectable drive modes – Eco, Normal, Sport, and Smart.
When it comes to safety, the Hyundai Custin has up to six airbags, a tire pressure monitor, an electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, and ABS/ESC among its list of equipment. Meanwhile, Hyundai's advanced driver assist tech called the SmartSense suite gives the Custin things like cruise control, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.
The 2024 Hyundai Custin starts at PHP 1.770 million for the GLS variant and PHP 2.080 million for the top-spec Premium, and is available in the following colors: Military Gray Metallic, Polar White, and Aurora Blue Pearl.