- hyundai has released more details of its new staria van, which can seat anywhere from two to 11 people, depending on configuration.
- the staria will be available in standard and premium versions. engine choices are either a diesel four-cylinder with a manual transmission or automatic or a 3.5-liter v-6 with an automatic.
- the hyundai staria will go on sale, sadly outside the u.s. only, starting in the second half of this year.
hyundai has released more information about its new staria van, which won't be sold in the u.s., through a digital premiere yesterday, and now we wish we could get the van with space vibes here even more. it'll go on sale in other markets later this year as staria and staria premium models.
starias are available with seating for two, seven, nine, or 11. the premium models get brass chrome trim, smart power sliding doors, relaxation seats on the seven-seat model, interior ambient lighting, and a bose sound system. there's also a staria premium limousine that has a high roof with starlights (think rolls-royce), a 25-inch overhead monitor, and a movable folding island.
the staria is about the same size as the new kia carnival, which just went on sale in the u.s., but 9.8 inches taller. cargo volume varies depending on the seating configuration, but the two- and three-seater models, which should be used more as cargo vans, boast 176.6 cubic feet of storage, 31.5 cubes more than the carnival's max cargo capacity.
starias will have the choice of two engines, although hyundai says "eco-friendly" models are coming soon. the 175-hp 2.2-liter diesel four-cylinder can be had with a six-speed manual (#savethemanuals) or an eight-speed automatic transmission. a 3.5-liter v-6 with 268 horsepower is also available solely with the automatic.
the hyundai staria will go on sale outside the u.s. later this year in eight exterior color choices including dynamic yellow and gaia brown pearl. additional variants such as ambulances, camping vans, and limousines will be available in the future.