Hyundai teased the new Stargazer MPV in Indonesia in June 2022, and now it has launched the all-new 7-seat MPV which will take on the likes of Mitsubishi Xpander, Suzuki XL7, Toyota Avanza/ Veloz and the Honda BR-V in ASEAN region where 7-seaters are very popular.
In terms of dimensions, the Stargazer measures 4,460 mm long, 1,780 mm wide, 1,695 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,780 mm. The Stargazer features futuristic styling which takes inspiration from the larger Hyundai Staria. There is a distinctive full-width light strip at the front, below which there are main headlamps flanked by a large rectangular grille that are part of an X-shaped bumper, with a trapezoidal-shaped lower intake.
Towards the sides, a belt line originates from the top of the front light bar that rises gradually before shooting upwards towards the D-pillar, which creates a “floating roof” look. Elsewhere, strong creases on the doors create a visual link between the front and rear, while the squarish wheel arches are slightly recessed to highlight the stylish wheels.
The rear end also features a full-width light bar that links to vertical light bars at the corners of the vehicle to form an “H” shape while the actual taillight clusters are triangular in profile. More instances of triangles are seen in the lower apron for the reflectors, while the tailgate accommodates the Hyundai badge, a black trim piece with the Stargazer script and a recessed number plate section.
Inside, the dashboard is dominated by a huge binnacle that houses both an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system as well as a 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster. The conventional gear lever sits on a raised center console, aft of a sunken section with room for Qi wireless charger, a USB port and power outlet. The vehicle will be available in both 7-seat and 6-seat versions, the latter featuring captain seats in the middle row.
The Hyundai Stargazer is powered by a Smartstream G 1.5L naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with 115 hp of power and 144 Nm of torque. The engine is paired with either a 6-speed manual or Hyundai’s IVT (intelligent variable transmission), with drive sent to the front wheels.
In Indonesia, the Stargazer is available in 4 variants, starting with the Active that comes with a manual gearbox for IDR 243.3 million (PKR 33.95 lac) or IVT for IDR 255.9 million (PKR 35.71 lac). Then comes the Trend variant, which is also offered with both transmissions – MT for IDR 263.3 million (PKR 36.71 lac) and IVT for IDR 275.9 million (PKR 38.47 lac).
Then comes the IVT-only variants, including the Style for IDR296.3 million (PKR 41.32 lac) and Prime for 307.1 million rupiah (PKR 42.82 lac). It will cost customers an extra IDR1 million (PKR 13,900) for the captain seats, which can’t be specified for the base version. While only the Prime can be had with a dual-tone exterior paint for an extra IDR1.5 million (PKR 20,900).
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In terms of equipment, the Active variant comes standard with halogen reflector headlamps, a 3.5-inch LCD instrument cluster, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, 4 speakers, fabric seats, 2 airbags and 15-inch wheels. The Trend version adds on Bluelink telematics, parking sensors as well as 16-inch wheels.
Going up, the Style variant adds LED reflector headlamps, cruise control, 4.2-inch LCD instrument cluster, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment, 6 speakers, ESC, hill start assist, tire pressure monitoring system, manual speed limit assist, a reverse camera, key-less entry & start and rear occupant alert.
Prime being the most expensive version gets the most goodies. In addition to what offered with Style variant, the flagship trim gets leather upholstery, ambient lighting, 6 airbags and most importantly, a suite of active safety systems including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (AEB), Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist, Lane Following Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.
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