At the official presentation of the new Hyundai van Staria surprised that none of the versions raised resorted to an electric or at least hybrid powertrain. However, despite the fact that it will initially be offered only with internal combustion engines, the Korean manufacturer claims that in the coming years they will also be included “Ecological variants” in its range.
The new van Hyundai staria is actually a vehicle in format minivan who aspires to become an MPV, or multipurpose or multipurpose vehicle. Its aesthetics are reminiscent of the new design language released in the Ioniq 5, spearhead of the brand’s new electrical strategy. With dimensions of 5.25 meters long, 1.99 meters wide, 1.99 meters high and 3.27 meters between axles, its interior can accommodate up to 11 passengers, although its interior will have different configurations that will also allow to become a Cargo vehicle.
Intended to be available at dealerships after the summer of 2021, it will initially only be available with a 177 hp 2.2-liter diesel engine. Later, a version with a 3.5-liter gasoline engine and 272 hp will arrive. At this point it was strange that a vehicle like this would not be part of the brand’s electrification strategy.
Although Hyundai has not gone into details about the ecological variants, some media claim that the Korean manufacturer is developing an electric variant powered by a hydrogen fuel cell and another. plug-in hybrid. However, this information also indicates that, for now, a 100% electric and battery powered version is not planned, although it is feasible that it could develop.
The Staria stands out for its futuristic and aerodynamic design emphasized by a continuous led daytime running light strip that runs the entire front. According to Hyundai, the silhouette guarantees the optimization of the aerodynamic coefficient and, therefore, also a lower energy consumption. At the rear stand out the vertical taillights and a wide rear window.
But is inside what Hyundai puts in the spotlight of this vehicle. It is designed to offer space and flexibility with up to three rows of seats in the rear (the third consisting of a continuous seat bench). Depending on the equipment variant, Staria offers individual seats that can be rotated 180 degrees. All backrests can be reclined, which also makes it easy to store long items without removing the seats.
Hyundai adds the brand’s own intelligent driving systems, the amount of which will depend on the equipment chosen. In addition, in terms of safety, the integration of six airbags and a new wireless seat belt warning system that allows the seats to move inside the cabin practically freely while maintaining safety.