This MPV aims to make vans cool again.
Hyundai provided a preview earlier this month of its upcoming Staria MPV and we were intrigued. Guaranteed for numerous overseas markets, the question is whether it'll come to the US. We're not holding our breath but we can keep hoping, right? Today, Hyundai has released more Staria details and photos ahead of its premiere later this year.
The South Korean automaker says the Staria is ideal for families and businesses, capable of seating up to 9 passengers (an 11-seater will be available in Korea). The futuristic styling, says Hyundai, is based on an "inside-out" approach with the design process beginning with the interior and expanding to the spaceship-like outside. The futuristic exterior has a fluid curve running front to back "inspired by the halo that illuminates Earth's horizon during sunrise" when seen from space.
Up front are daytime running lights housed in the low-set headlights and a wide radiator grille with a unique pattern. Designers figured using the same body color for all panels would add greater style, especially so with a light color and tinted panoramic windows. The rear has vertical taillights with their own pixel design, a wide window, and a lowered bumper for easier loading and unloading of cargo.
The Staria Premium adds more luxury inside and out by way of chrome trim surrounding the full-LED headlights, a different grille mesh pattern, and tinted brass chrome applied to the brand logo, 18-inch wheels, side mirrors and door handles.
The interior's cruise ship inspiration and driver-focused cockpit make the Staria stand out even more from any minivan or crossover.
With the low beltline and those panoramic windows, occupants enjoy a greater sense of space while the driver has a 10.25-inch display screen, an electronic shifter with buttons, and a large digital cluster mounted on top of the dashboard. The center console has cupholders, USB ports, and additional storage space. Seven-seater models come with a second-row one-touch relaxation mode, aka reclining seats. The nine-seat model's second-row seats can swivel 180-degrees to face third-row passengers. Premium models will be offered with a 64-color ambient mood lamp all occupants can enjoy, including the driver.
We don't know what will be under the hood just yet, but it's not an EV. It probably rides on the same platform as the new Kia Carnival, but we'll have to wait until the full debut happens to know for sure.