Hyundai’s Staria Panel van to make its debut in South Africa

A three-seat Staria Panelvan from Hyundai will debut near the end of July to replace the H1 in the commercial vehicle market. The Staria costs R599,900 and is more luxurious, larger, and capable of hauling more goods. The new Panelvan identifies solely as a commercial vehicle, but that doesn’t mean it’s equipped like one. The Staria Multicab bridges the gap between a people mover and a freight hauler.

With dimensions of 5,253mm long, 1,997mm wide, and 2,000mm tall 103mm longer, 77mm wider, and 65mm taller than the type it replacest the Staria Panelvan is larger than the preceding H1.

However, the ground clearance has decreased by 4mm and is now 186mm. This results in a loading height that is 41mm lower, making the Staria easier to access. In addition, the larger shell gives it more generous packing space.

It can now carry up to 4,935 liters of cargo, 509 liters more than the H1’s boot. A cargo of about one tonne is also anticipated, however Hyundai South Africa hasn’t confirmed this.

The Panelvan has the same 2.2-liter, turbo-diesel powerplant as the rest of the Staria lineup, generating 130kW and 430Nm, and it can tow up to 2,500kg at its maximum capacity. The front wheels are then given a drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission, which results in combined fuel consumption of 8.7 liters per 100 kilometers.

The Staria Panelvan’s more opulent features than those in its predecessor make driving for extended periods of time more pleasant for the driver. It features cruise control, an electric mirror that folds down, a multifunction steering wheel, automatic headlights, and a radio with Bluetooth compatibility.

The Hyundai Staria Panelvan has front and rear parking sensors, hill-assist control, electronic stability control, and ABS with a multi-collision braking system that transfers pressure to the brakes in the case of an accident to avoid another one. Safety and assistance systems have also been improved. The Staria Panelvan also features twin-swing rear doors in place of a lift-up tailgate, body-colored bumpers as opposed to black plastic ones, and 17-inch wheels as opposed to 16-inch ones.

As the H-1’s replacement, the Hyundai Staria MPV made its official debut in South Africa in 2021. The futuristically designed van will only be offered with one engine, although two passenger versions are also an option.

The 2,2D Executive nine-seater, with a starting price of R789 900, and the 11-seater, with a starting price of R799 900, are the Hyundai Staria’s entry-level models. 17-inch alloy wheels, an electronic parking brake, six airbags, front and rear climate control, a multifunction steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster, heated mirrors, faux-leather upholstery, auto-on headlights, rain-sensing wipers, front and rear park distance control with a rear-facing camera, and blind-spot and lane-change assist are all included as standard equipment.

In response to changing consumer demands, Hyundai developed the Staria, reinventing the in-car travel experience in keeping with the company’s mission of “Progress for Humanity.”

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