Hyundai's all-new people carrier has officially arrived in the ASEAN region. After first being spotted wearing camouflage back in March, the all-new Hyundai Staria has debuted in Thailand.
Like the Korean version that launched earlier this year, the Staria features a futuristic design unlike its predecessor, the Starex. It gets a huge front grille, square-shaped LED headlights/foglights, and a thin LED strip that runs the entire width of the van. The rear gets vertical LED taillights that not only look stylish but provide maximum visibility, too.
Size-wise, the TH-spec Staria measures 5253mm long, 1997mm wide, 1990mm tall, and has a 3273mm wheelbase. Compared to the outgoing Grand Starex, the Staria is 84mm longer, 77mm wider, and 66mm taller. The wheelbase has been stretched by 73mm which makes for better cabin space.
Open the doors, and the Staria in Thailand welcomes occupants with four rows of seats, with a seating layout of 3+3+2+3. Leather seats come as standard, with the driver's seat benefitting from electrical adjustability. Need to load up cargo? All three rows of seats at the back can be folded flat for better cargo space. There's also enough room to actually put on a mattress which is nice when you're in the great outdoors.
The Staria also comes equipped with a wide array of features and amenities. These include: 8-inch touchscreen infotainment, AppleCarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, 10.25-inch digital instrument panel, wireless phone charging, automatic climate control, LED ambient lighting, push-button style gear selector, and window sunshades.
Under the hood of the Thai-spec Staria is a 2.2-liter turbo-diesel engine. It replaces the previous 2.5-liter CRDi and makes more power thanks to 177 PS at 3800 rpm and 431 Nm of torque at 1500 -2500 rpm. Also gone is the 5-speed automatic gearbox. The all-new van gets an 8-speed automatic transmission that drives the front wheels. For reference, the outgoing model was only available with rear-wheel drive.
When it comes to safety features, the Staria comes loaded. There are six airbags in total, a reverse camera with 360-degree surround view function, blind-spot camera system, adaptive cruise control, forward collision avoidance, lane-keeping assist, driver attention warning, rear-cross traffic alert function, and a rear passenger alert system to remind drivers they have kids at the back.
With the all-new Staria now in Thailand, it may not be long before it arrives in the country. But in case you cannot wait any longer, private importers are now offering the Staria in the Philippines. According to one dealer we talked to, the new Staria starts at PHP 2.6 million while the top-of-the-line version retails for around PHP 3.4 million.
At those prices, we're curious as to how much Hyundai Asia Resources Inc (HARI), the official distributor of Hyundai in the country, will price the all-new Staria once they launch in the Philippines. More importantly, we wonder if the Philippine-spec Starex/Staria will have the same options as the one sold in Thailand.