Hyundai wants to get into the minivan game too with the new Staria MPV, which will be available in 7-, 9- and 11-seat configurations. The photos here showcase near-production prototypes (a base model and a Premium trim), and the final versions are expected to debut in the not too distant future.
Apparently, the designers went for a “spaceship” look for the Staria with a horizontal running light signature that stretches across the width of the vehicle. The LED headlights are designed as part of the grille itself. You can notice the brand’s new ‘Parametric Pixel’ design language in the headlights and the taillights. The range-topping Staria Premium gets tinted brass chrome accents, such as the Hyundai logo, wheels, side mirrors and door handles. The Premium also gets unique 18-inch wheels with diamond patterns.
The cabin indeed looks spacious, *ahem ahem* I mean, spaceship-like, with a futuristic-looking dashboard and large windscreen and side windows. Apparently, the design of the cabin was inspired by the traditional Korean architectural style known as hanok, which enhances the sense of spaciousness. The dashboard is dominated by a 10.25-inch central touchscreen housed inside a floating panel. The driver gets his own digital display, which is set closer to the windscreen. The 9-seater Staria Premium will offer second-row seats with the ability to swivel 180 degrees to face the third row passengers. The 7-seater version gets a one-touch relaxation mode for its second-row relaxation seats, which automatically recline to a posture that is claimed to comfortably disperse the passenger’s weight and improve overall body balance.
Other features would include 64-color ambient mood lighting, USB ports and generous storage space for both driver and passengers.
Staria is Hyundai’s first mass-produced vehicle that is designed with the ‘inside-out’ design approach. It will provide a completely new experience and value proposition to customers through its unprecedented design and innovative features. – SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Hyundai Design