Hyundai Staria will expand minivan to maxi capabilities

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Attention Little League coaches and soccer moms, Hyundai has unveiled what may become the MVP of MPVs, the Staria van that will be available with as many as 11 seats spread over four rows.

The Korean automaker has revealed the design of this maxivan ahead of the full vehicle unveiling later in the first half of 2021.

“Staria is designed with an ‘inside-out’ approach, reflecting recent shifts in consumer needs that prioritize the use of interior space,” Hyundai said, adding that the “exterior gives a seamless look defined by streamlined silhouette, panoramic windows and pure body volume.”

The company added that the vehicle is designed for families and businesses, and it provides a preview of the space innovation that will be available in PBVs — Purpose Built Vehicles — “in the future mobility era.”

Staria will be available in 2-, 7-, 9- and 11-seat configurations, and in standard or premium versions. However, the 11-seat version will be sold only in the Korean domestic market. 

“The Staria Premium model offers a variety of additional interior features that will transform the passenger’s mobility experience,” Hyundai said. “The 7-seater high-end model includes a one-touch relaxation mode on its second-row premium relaxation seats, automatically reclining to a seat posture that comfortably disperses the passenger’s weight and improves overall body balance.

“The 9-seater Staria Premium has second-row seats with the added ability to swivel 180 degrees to face passengers in the third row. This offers a new mobility experience where passengers can talk while looking at each other.”

Premium versions also will be equipped with 64-color selectable ambient lighting. 

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