Hyundai Staria MPV (all-new Hyundai H1) teased, unveil in a few weeks

It’s official, Hyundai Staria is the name of the all-new Hyundai H1 MPV that has been seen testing since last year. The Hyundai Staria is a radical design departure and is expected to be formally unveiled next month. The new Hyundai MPV speaks of the future with an outlandish design.

The full-width LED light strip on the smoothly falling bonnet combined with the technical-looking split grille and the vertical LED headlights provide an aggressive look to the Hyundai Staria, something you rarely ever, if at all, see on an MPV. The hood and windscreen have the same angle, which creates the impression of a single seamless panel from top to bottom. The offbeat front-end makes what’s otherwise simply a people-mover, or a family hauler, seem a mysterious and futuristic vehicle from a sci-fi fiction movie.

The rear-end of the Hyundai Staria features tall LED tail lights. The shape of these lights reminds of the Cadillac Escalade, while its clusters’ design is reminiscent of the Hyundai Ioniq 5. Inside, the Hyundai Staria looks as sumptuous and luxurious as any latest Hyundai passenger vehicle.

AspectCurrent Hyundai H1 DimensionsHyundai Starex (All-new Hyundai H1) Dimensions*
Length5,150 mm5,220-5,235 mm
Width1,920 mm1,950-1,960 mm
Height1,935 mm1,925-1,935 mm
Wheelbase3,200 mm3,250 mm

Earlier this month, the interior of the all-new Hyundai H1 leaked in spy pictures published on Naver Cafe ghas13. The dashboard is considerably slimmer and that makes the interior look spacious and modern. The new steering wheel from the Sonata DN8 and Tucson NX4 is applied to MPV, an upgrade over the bulky steering of the outgoing model.

The instrument panel of the 2021 Hyundai Staria is a fully digital screen similar to that of the 2021 Hyundai Tucson. A new touchscreen infotainment is observed in the spy shot, but it looks like this isn’t the most advanced unit from the top-end trim.

2021 Hyundai H1 H-1 Staria instrument panel spy shot
The 2021 Hyundai H1’s fully-digital instrument panel is similar to that of the new Hyundai Tucson. Image Source:

In January, spy shots on of the 2021 Hyundai H1’s interior confirmed the plan for two types of instrument clusters (fully digital and semi-digital), a uniquely designed steering wheel lifted from the Sonata DN8, a full-width front AC vent on the dashboard, and a large storage area between the steering wheel and the instrument cluster.

Expect an advanced infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, BlueLink connected vehicle feature as part of the Hyundai’s SmartSense packet, wireless smartphone charger, Smart Key, more storage spaces and charging outlets.

The Hyundai Staria (next-gen Hyundai H1) could spawn the first-ever Hyundai electric van. Hyundai has confirmed that a pure electric Hyundai MPV in its LCV range is in the pipeline for 2022, and there are good chances of it being a next-gen Hyundai H1 EV though the company has not given a direct confirmation.

The commercial EV market holds a massive potential, especially in Hyundai’s high-value markets like Europe and the U.S. Rival companies Renault, Peugeot and Nissan already sell electric vans, while Ford announced the E-Transit electric van more recently. Hyundai apparently hopes to catch-up with its next-gen H1, which it is currently testing in South Korea.

The upscale design and tech-laden cabin of the next-gen Hyundai H1 would augur well with an electric powertrain, as those are the basic expectations from EVs. It’s too early to talk about the specifications, but Hyundai would need to obviously package the biggest of its battery packs and a punchy motor in the H1 EV so that the range and performance are competitive.

Hyundai MPV EV BEV strategy
Hyundai has confirmed that it plans to launch an MPV EV in the LCV segment. The closest to a Hyundai ‘van’ to emerge by 2022 would be the H1/Staria. Hyundai-funded startups Canoo & Arrival are also developing electric vans. Image Source: Hyundai

The Hyundai Staria is expected to go on sale in the first half of the year, and the first-ever Hyundai electric MPV may follow next year. The all-electric variant would help Hyundai to significantly boost the H1’s sales in European countries, where attractive perks are available to customers for commercial EVs.

An older version of the Hyundai H1/Starex was imported to India for Korean managers and is spotted regularly in Chennai.