After months of spy shots, Hyundai has finally rolled out the first batch of photos for the all-new Starex. However, it's not called the Starex, at least in Europe. Instead, it gets a different name over there. It's dubbed the Staria in the Old Continent.
These photos pretty much confirm the look of the van based on the previous pictures. Put those images side by side with the Staria, and you see a rakish hood that is almost the same as the windshield. The result makes it look like it's one straight line when viewed from the side. Like the previous photos, the headlight and daytime running light combination in the Staria is a radical departure from the current Starex. The high-mounted LEDs and bumper-mounted headlights are a stark contrast to the present van's slab-sided design.
From the side, it has massive windows that take up more than half of the flanks. It also has gentle fender flares and a very upright rear section. At the rear, there are tall vertical taillights mounted high for maximum visibility. Hyundai says the preview features the Premium Edition so those lights might be different from lower-spec variants.
But what we haven't seen before is its interior, and it looks like a massive leap forward from the current van. Those massive windows bring in a lot of natural light into the cabin, giving the impression of more space inside. It also has a wide dashboard with a floating infotainment system and a dash-mounted electro-mechanical gear selector.
Being the Premium Edition, there is leather all over the cabin. It also comes with ambient lighting from front to back. Hyundai seems to be aiming high with the luxury model, too. The Premium Edition has a pair of Ottoman seats in the second row instead of a bench. Expect other variants to have a greater seating capacity.
However, there is no mention of the engine options. That said, there's a strong chance that these will come with a 2.2-liter turbodiesel used in the Santa Fe. Should Hyundai de-tune that engine, it should have at least 177 PS to keep it on par with its chief rival, the Toyota Hiace.
With this preview, we're probably a few months away from its full reveal. Of course, Hyundai can drop a bombshell by pulling the covers much earlier. But one thing is for sure; we will see the redesigned van before the end of 2021.