Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM), which just launched its luxurious 7-seater MPV Staria Premium recently confirmed that it has no plans to introduce the 11-seater version of the Hyundai Staria into the Malaysian market.
Management of HSDM said that the Grand Starex will remain HSDM’s sole 11-seater MPV retailed in the market. With the launch of the Staria Premium, HSDM is expanding its MPV offerings.
The Staria Premium is Hyundai’s first luxurious MPV at par with premium Japanese MPVs, and it sits in a category that is a notch higher from the Grand Starex.
The Grand Starex features a 2.5L turbodiesel engine that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission, swivel seats on the second row, a suite of safety features, and overhead display monitor among other features.
The aforementioned 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine, which is the same as the one powering the current Hyundai Santa Fe, is paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox by ZF. A maximum output of 177 PS and 431 Nm of torque is sent to the front wheels.
The list of safety and driver assistance features is quite comprehensive, comprising Forward Collision-Avoidance Assistance (FCA), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), a Surround View Monitor, Smart Cruise Control, and High-Beam Assist (HBA), Safe Exit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Rear Occupant Alert, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System.
Convenience features on the other hand include Smart Power Sliding Doors, a Smart Power Tailgate, and buttons on the remote to open the sliding doors, the tailgate, and all of them at the same time.
The Staria Premium is made to order directly from Korea with a starting price of RM358,888 (applicable for Peninsula Malaysia.
OTR price is inclusive of the Penjana Sales Tax waiver but excludes insurance) with a two-year or 50,000km (whichever comes first) warranty while the Grand Starex retails at a starting price of RM165,888 (applicable for Peninsula Malaysia.
OTR price is inclusive of the Penjana Sales Tax waiver but excludes insurance) with a 5-year or 300,000km warranty (whichever comes first) as well as 3 years of free service.
That said, read our review of the Hyundai Staria Premium here.