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Updated Mar 12, 2021 | Same topic: Car Sneak Peeks, Teasers, & Rumors

Hyundai gives a sneak peek of the upcoming Staria.

Although multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs) are a dime a dozen these days, Hyundai believes there’s still room for more choices on the market. The carmaker recently teased images of the Staria, which previews the look of the all-new Hyundai Starex.  

Hyundai Staria front

It looks more like a concept vehicle than a production model

The name sounds tantalizingly close to the current Hyundai Starex. It combines the words ‘star’ and ‘ria’, which the company says refers to the vehicle being oriented towards the future.

Presented in upper-spec Premium trim, the Staria’s futuristic exterior design is defined by a one-curve gesture silhouette. The apparent absence of a hood leads the front edge and roofline to seemingly blend into one seamless stroke, although one curious point is the use of a rod-type antenna over the much sleeker sharkfin receiver. There isn’t even a hint of windshield wipers on the front glass, highlighting the Staria’s mysterious nature.

Hyundai Staria silhouette

The Staria's silhouette is practically seamless in execution

Multiple LED headlamps sit low on the Staria’s fascia, flanking the massive split grille that practically spans the vehicle’s width. The only design element that’s wider is the horizontal daytime running light strip that curves around the front corners, probably the only hint at an opening to the engine bay.

At the sides, the Staria’s low beltline allows for a much more generous greenhouse than on the Starex, leading to upright LED tail lamps at the edge of the D-pillars. Subtle fenders house geometric alloy wheels, and the Staria’s overall clean presence is more characteristic of a concept design than a full-on production version.

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Staria captain's chairs

Occupants will be able to stretch out in comfort within the spacious cabin

The large windows hint at an airy cabin, spacious enough for Hyundai to include footrests on the second-row captain’s chairs. Front seats separated by a generous center console face a streamlined dashboard, with the air-conditioning blending effortlessly into the design.

A large floating touchscreen panel at the center serves as a centralized interface for communications, entertainment, and climate control. The images show no instrument cluster beyond the hefty steering wheel, but a visible panel line suggests it could be a pop-up affair.   

Staria dashboard

There's an uncluttered look to the Staria's dashboard

“Staria is Hyundai’s new MPV lineup that opens up a new mobility era,” according to Hyundai Senior Vice President and Head of Global Design SangYup Lee. “Staria will provide a completely new experience and value proposition for customers through its unprecedented design features."

>>> Related: Hyundai PH expands its nationwide dealership network in Silang, Cavite

All-new Hyundai Starex rear

The rear gets a revamped design

The Staria Premium will be available in select markets, with Hyundai releasing more details on the range in the coming weeks. That said, Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI) is set to bring four new models to the Philippines this year, including the next-generation Tucson, Santa Fe, new Kona, and the all-new Starex.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

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Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

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