When you look at the Hyundai H-100, the word “luxury” isn't exactly the first ones that come to mind. It is, after all, a pure utilitarian as it's designed to haul people, cargo, or both in the simplest way possible. Even suggesting that the H-100 can be turned into something luxurious sounds far-fetched.
But Hyundai has done exactly that to the H-100. Dubbed the Porest, the South Korean automaker transformed this utility vehicle into a motorhome. It's not just an H-100 with a bed inside it either. It's fully appointed and even includes a kitchen sink and a bathroom sink. While it has the front end of an H-100, that's the only visual link the Porest has with its cargo-hauling counterpart. The rest of it aims to be a hotel room on wheels.
The “living room” of the Porest has features a brown and white theme that wouldn't look out of place in a house or a condominium. Wood accents are present too, adding a more home-like ambiance in the campervan. A pair of sofas are included as well, and those seats are modular as well. Those can even be transformed into forward-facing seats (with seatbelts) for safer travels. The center table on the other hand can be adjusted in three levels.
On to the kitchen and it comes with a refrigerator, a microwave oven, and stacks of drawers and overhead cabinets, along with the aforementioned sink. However, a stovetop isn't fitted to the vehicle, but you can plug in an induction cooker instead. An on-board exhaust fan prevents the camper from getting too smokey inside during cookouts.
Moving to the bathroom and there's a folding sink in there, plus a shower and even a mirror. Curiously, the toilet is optional.
Now, for the sleeping quarters. Hyundai has employed a power bunk bed in the Porest which lowers itself from the ceiling of the motorhome. The sofas can also be folded flat to form a bed. Not only that, there's a special room towards the back of the campervan and the room can also be extended in the top-spec Porest.
Hyundai also fitted a special touchscreen which allows the passengers to control cabin temperature and indoor lighting. A smartphone app also allows the owner to check the vehicle's battery levels and freshwater levels as well.
Other options? Air-conditioning can be fitted to the motorhome, along with heated flooring. For the outside, an awning system may be attached, plus a solar panel to lessen the load on the on-board inverter.
Sadly, it seems that the Porest won't be offered outside of South Korea. Still, it's amusing to see something as utilitarian as the H-100 turned into a luxury motor home, which is reflected in its price. In South Korea, it starts at KRW 48,990,000 (Php 2,027,209) for the base model, KRW 64,300,000 (Php 2,660,737) for the mid-spec, and KRW 77,060,000 (Php 3,188,747) for the variant equipped with all the bells and whistles.