MPVs are usually quite boring, even if extremely useful and practical by nature. Of course, while there are exceptions to this rule, most of them don’t buck the trend. However, Hyundai has come up with a premium offering called the Staria, which it thinks could make multi-purpose vehicles more attractive. The all-new Hyundai Staria has just been unveiled, even though its official global premiere is still some time away. Interestingly, this is the Korean automaker’s first attempt at creating a premium MPV.
While exterior styling is usually not the core focus when creating an MPV, Hyundai has done its bit for sure. Glancing at the Staria, you will notice that it has the same basic shape of any MPV on the road today. However, the more time you spend looking at it, the more unique design features you will begin to see. For instance, the Staria’s nose droops sharply and ends quite abruptly, leaving very little front overhang. The front fascia gets a fancy full-width LED bar along with a tall grille with an intricate honeycomb pattern. Meanwhile, the stylish multi-beam LED headlamps are placed at the very corners of the main grille.
The block-like side profile of the Staria showcases the unique A-pillar design which seems to merge seamlessly into the front-end. Hyundai has applied a traditional Korean architectural style called Hanok. This is supposed to make the occupants of the Staria feel like they are in touch with the outside world whilst being safe & sound on the inside. One of the ways Hyundai has achieved this is by giving the Staria massive panoramic windows all around, helped by the low beltline.
Similarly, the sharp angle where the front quarter-glass meets the A-pillar makes for an edgier design aesthetic. And while there are two variants of the Hyundai Staria, it is the range-topping Premium that truly looks the best.
The Premium variant of the Staria gets plenty of copper accents all over the exterior. This extends to the front grille & bumper, Hyundai badges, door mirror caps, door handles, 18-inch alloy wheels, and also on the rear bumper. Moreover, Hyundai has given the Staria some cool-looking flared fenders to make its slab-like side profile seem nicer. And though it doesn’t take away the MPV-ness from the design, it does add some flair to the Staria.
At the back, the Staria sports massive, vertically-arranged LED taillights that seem to go on forever. These lights feature Hyundai’s new Parametric Pixel design, which can also be seen in the new Ioniq 5 EV. There is also a roof spoiler with a wiper located directly underneath it.
Hyundai says that the whole design of the Staria is based on an “inside-out” approach. As with most large-ish MPVs, there is loads of space for everyone’s head, shoulder, legs, and knees in the Staria’s cabin. This is especially true if you go for the luxurious 7 or 9-seat variants, where the interior room is pretty much a non-issue.
In the more practical 9-seater model, the two captain seats in the second-row can be turned 180 degrees to make it easier to talk to other passengers. As for the more posh 7-seat variant of the Staria, it gets a “one-touch relaxation mode” for its second-row seats. These seats have high-tech sensors in them to assess a person’s weight, which will then allow the seat to be reclined by just the right degree so as to optimize comfort and improve body balance.
To further improve everyone’s mood, the Hyundai Staria’s cabin features a 64-color ambient mood lamp. The system utilizes direct and indirect lighting to increase the sense of well-being and luxury. Meanwhile, the decked arrangement of the dashboard plays with a few textures while also adding stitched leatherette and an Audi-like full-width air vents. Bringing a sense of modernity and technology are the two digital screens for the instrument cluster and the infotainment system. The latter is handled by a 10.25-inch display that gets smartphone connectivity, whilst the logical placement of the driver’s display reduces distraction. As of now, Hyundai hasn’t revealed any details about the Staria’s powertrain or its performance specifications.