The all-new Hyundai Staria which made its debut earlier this year has just been launched in Thailand- making it one of the first markets outside South Korea where this vehicle is on sale. The Staria is a successor to Starex/ Grand Sarex minivan (which is on sale in Pakistan too) and is based on a new front-wheel-drive-based platform ditching the rear-wheel-drive layout from the Starex.
The new Staria has a “future-oriented, innovative exterior resembling a spaceship” with a full-width LED light bar and vertical headlamps up front with a pixel-like design similar to the new Ioniq 5 electric SUV. The clean side profile gets simple flared wheel arches and beltline that drops down after the A-pillar to give way for massive windows, letting in lots of light to enter the spacious cabin. The rear-end continues the clean and futuristic design with narrow vertical LED taillights.
Although Hyundai Staria is offered in two variants – Standard and Premium, with multiple seating configurations, from 7- to 11-seaters, the one launched in Thailand has 11-seats only. The cabin features a 10.25-in touchscreen display for the infotainment system and a fully digital floating instrument cluster which is reminiscent of the new Hyundai Kona Electric. The multi-function steering wheel resembles those found in the new breed of Hyundai cars whereas key features of the interior include engine push start-stop button, automatic AC with separate controls for rear occupants, rear side window sun shades, 6 speakers, 7 USB charging ports, 12-way power-adjustable driver seat, auto-dimming rearview mirror, parking assist with 360-degree camera and LED ambient lighting.
Interior highlights of Hyundai Staria
In terms of safety, the Staria comes loaded with advanced features including Hyundai’s SmartSense suite, such as autonomous emergency braking with oncoming vehicle detection, adaptive cruise control, lane centering assist, blind-spot monitoring with collision avoidance and rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot cameras, door opening warning and a rear-seat reminder.
Under the hood the Hyundai Staria in Thailand is powered by 2.2L four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that churns out 177 hp of power at 3800 rpm and 431 Nm of peak torque at 1500-2500 rpm. The engine comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission that is aided with a push-button gear selector and paddle shifters.
In Thailand, the 2021 Hyundai Staria is available in two variants- S and SEL and is priced at THB 1,729,000 (PKR 84.48 lac) and THB 1,999,000 (PKR 97.68 lac) respectively and pretty much falls in the same league as the new Kia Carnival.
The Thai-spec Hyundai Staria
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