2021 Hyundai Starex: Expectations and what we know so far

Updated Jan 30, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

The all-new next-gen Starex is coming this year.

2021 Hyundai Starex: What we know so far

In Hyundai's local passenger car lineup, the current oldest model is undoubtedly the Hyundai Starex. To some degree, it is also one of the most important cars for the Korean brand locally.

It is favored by many for its spacious interior, and it is ideal as a family vehicle, as a commercial people carrier, and for many other purposes.

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As such, Hyundai has been working on the next-generation Starex. According to reports around the internet, it is already in its testing phases. This fact is of course backed up by the hundreds of spy pics that have already spread in the interwebs.

That said, the all-new Hyundai Starex might just be around the corner, and it will get a release this year. This was confirmed by Hyundai PH during the first-ever virtual Manila International Auto Show. Let’s check out the details surrounding this new model, shall we?

A picture of the Hyundai Grand Starex

The current Philippine-spec Hyundai Grand Starex

2021 Hyundai Starex: Exterior 

As far as the spy pictures go, the Starex appears to be taller, and its rear windshield is huge. The rear also gets a pair of vertically oriented taillights and a revamped bumper. Overall, the rear looks more upright and boxier than the current Hyundai Starex. 

A picture of the rear of the upcoming Hyundai Starex

The uncovered, rear section of the upcoming Hyundai Starex [Photo: Worldscoop Forums]

From what we can see from the pictures, the sides also have taller and wider windows. The A-pillar also appears to be slimmer than the outgoing model, and the front cabin’s windows are definitely larger. As for how the actual doors look, we’ll have to wait for the reveal. The same goes for the stubbier-looking front end. And yes, it still has a hood. 

A picture of the upcoming Hyundai Starex undergoing testing

One has to wonder how roomier the new Starex is compared to the current one

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2021 Hyundai Starex: Interior 

Details of the upcoming Starex’s interior are still unknown for now. We’re hopeful that it might be getting more features though. Maybe a better infotainment screen with smartphone integration and offline navigation, and cruise control.

As far as the spy pics goes, the Starex will be getting an 11-seater version. Do note that the current model has a 10-seater version, an entry-level high-capacity 18-seater version, a 15-seater version, and even a 2-seater cargo version. 

A picture of the upcoming Hyundai Starex's interior

Someone tried to take a pic of the dashboard, but it's still barely visible [Photo: motor.es]

2021 Hyundai Starex: Engine and Performance 

For now, we still don’t know as to what powertrains the upcoming Starex will use. It might use the same old 2.5-liter CRDi, or Hyundai might give it a totally new engine. If it’s new, then we’re hoping that it's going to be a turbodiesel.

Currently, all the variants of the PH-spec Starex use a 2.5-liter CRDi engine that can make up to 170 horsepower and 441 Nm of torque. All variants are rear-wheel-drive, and it either has a five-speed manual gearbox or a five-speed automatic. 

A picture of the upcoming Starex during testing

This pic shows that the upcoming Starex can tow to some degree

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2021 Hyundai Starex: Safety 

For safety, we’re expecting the new Starex to bear significant improvements. Maybe the high-spec versions will have more airbags. We’re also hoping that Hyundai will give it more parking aids since it is a sizable vehicle. 

2021 Hyundai Starex: Final Thoughts 

As we’ve said before, Hyundai Philippines has already confirmed that the new Starex will be released sometime in 2021. It is also part of the Hyundai FAB4 lineup which includes the new Hyundai Tucson, the facelifted Kona, and the new Hyundai Santa Fe.

A picture of the Hyundai FAB 4 lineup

The upcoming Starex's silhouette is at the left-most side

If you’re excited about this, stay posted here on Philkotse.com because as soon as Hyundai PH releases more details, we’ll surely talk about it. 

2021 Hyundai Starex: Expected Price 

For now, the current PH-spec Hyundai Starex’s price ranges from Php 1,248,000 to Php 2,938,000. Once the new Starex makes its local debut, we’re sure that it might get a price bump. 

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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