Take a long look at what we're not getting in the US.
Last week the Hyundai Staria MPV debuted in earnest after a month or so of teasing. It looks like a futuristic spaceship but as we've seen in the photos, this thing looks ready to go into production. Sadly, the Staria and its diesel and manual transmission aren't coming to the US. But there's no reason we can enjoy it anyway.
Thanks to this new video from Korea, we get up close with the new van that can seat 9 or 11 passengers, and check out all the little details. As a quick primer, the Staria is bigger than our new Kia Carnival by a few inches each way, and is powered by a 2.2-liter turbodiesel making 175 hp and 318 lb-ft of torque.
Host Mari Cho first hits on the Staria's sleek design including the lights, accents and shapes. The Staria has huge windows, which Hyundai says keeps you connected to the environment. She notes that the doors open wider than the Carnival and the Honda Odyssey. The trunk/cargo opening is similarly huge.
From the driver's seat, Cho goes through the seats, digital infotainment, and some of the touchpoints. The Staria features a 10.25-inch infotainment screen and offers an optional 64-color ambient mood lamp, and a Bose sound system. There apparently isn't a ton of padding in the seats, but the steering wheel has a nice texture, according to Cho.
Cho eventually moves outside to check out a 9-seat model, which features second row seats that rotate to face the third row. Certain models feature super reclining seats like the new Carnival. There's a ton of headroom, and a ton of storage space. We get a good look at the nooks and crannies, though with all of the seats in place, it's hard to get sense for how big this thing really is.
This is probably as close as we'll get to the Hyundai Staria. Though if you ever go to Europe there's no reason you couldn't rent one. And you may see many models doing many things. Hyundai says it plans to launch limousine, camping and ambulance versions.