If you haven’t been paying attention lately, the minivan cools down again, and Hyundai has been working on a new minivan (or MPV, as they call it) for a while. It is called, Hyundai made its debut on Monday, and is arguably one of the best vans we’ve seen in a while – but there’s a catch: it’s not coming to the US.
* Sad trombone *
So, if it is a forever forbidden fruit, then why do we care? Well, we care because Hyundai claims that it will be setting up a model for its future “purpose built vehicle” – aka, it could be an indication of the size of things to come, even for us. Even in North America.
But apart from this, what can it mean, what is Staria is all very good in itself. Externally, it resembles the Oldsmobile “Dustbuster” van from the 90s, only moving through some types of cyberpunk filters. It is strange but fascinating.
Inside the Staria where magic happens. The Minivan is configurable anywhere from two to 11 seats depending on your needs. There is even a premium version that offers lavish, almost private-planalike leather captain’s chairs. Hyundai’s press release claimed that the interior was inspired by cruise ships, though thankfully they only carried that stretch so far.
The interior is also packed with several smaller storage cubes and even a glovebox, which can give more frontroom to the front passenger. There are lots of cupholders and USB ports – because minivan. The overall storage capacity in its most cargo-oriented form is a non-inconsistent 176.6 cubic feet. for comparison,Provides a maximum amount of only 101 cubic feet, while Chrysler Pacific – one of our favorite vans – has space for 140 cubic feet.
The Staria will be powered by a 2.2-liter diesel engine or 3.5-liter gasoline engine from Hyundai’s Smartstream family. The diesel can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed automatic, while the petrol version only gets an eight-speed automatic.
As I said earlier, Staria will not arrive in the US, but it is slated to hit the streets of select markets (we know South Korea and Australia are getting) in the late 2021s.