Hyundai made quite the stir when they debuted the Starex's successor, the Staria. With its futuristic design and luxurious interior, Hyundai isn't just aiming for the van market; they're also gunning for the luxury van segment. However, they haven't released the numbers on their newest people carrier.
But the wait for its specifications is over. Hyundai has shown the numbers for the Staria, and it's rather impressive.
The 2021 Staria is larger than the outgoing Starex. The new van is 5,253mm long, 1,997mm wide, 1,990mm tall, and has a 3,273mm wheelbase. These measurements make the Staria 84mm longer, 77mm wider, and 65mm taller than the Starex. Its wheelbase was also stretched by 73 mm. For reference, the Grand Starex is 5,169mm long, 1,920mm wide, 1,925mm tall, with a wheelbase of 3,200mm. It's a big van; requiring a little more caution around tight parking spots.
The Staria is available in four seating configurations. There's the two-seater for cargo hauling, the seven-seater for luxury van buyers, along with nine-seat and eleven-seat versions available with four rows. Hyundai is proud that their cargo van models have a luggage capacity of up to 5,000 liters.
Hyundai also introduced the Premium variants for the Staria. The seven-seater model includes a one-touch relaxation mode on its second-row premium seats with an automatic reclining feature. Meanwhile, the 9-seater Starex Premium has second-row seats with the added ability to swivel 180 degrees to face passengers in the third row.
One of the biggest surprises in the 2021 Staria is its rear suspension. It no longer uses a live axle at the back. Instead, it uses a multi-link set-up, much like something you'll see from a Mercedes-Benz. That should make the ride smoother than its predecessor. That said, the cargo models and lower-spec variants might stick with the live axle and coil spring arrangement.
For now, there are two engine options available for the Staria. These include one turbodiesel and one gas engine. We reckoned Hyundai might use a de-tuned version of the 2.2-liter turbodiesel from the Santa Fe. We also figured that it would have about 177 PS, on par with the Hiace Super Grandia. As it turns out, that is what Hyundai did. The 2.2-liter turbodiesel under the hood of the Staria makes 177 PS and 431 Nm of torque.
As for the gas engine, it has pretty strong numbers. The 3.5-liter V6 in the Staria is good for 272 PS and 331 Nm of torque. The turbodiesel is available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed automatic. Meanwhile, the V6 only comes with the latter. Reports say that Hyundai is also considering a hybrid and hydrogen power for the Staria down the line.
When will the Staria arrive in the Philippines? That's still up in the air. However, Hyundai Philippines said that they would launch four models this year, so the new van could land here sooner than later.