Let’s just start by saying the Hyundai Staria is a production vehicle. It looks like a far-out concept, but it isn’t. This rolling futurism will be hitting the streets of some global markets later this year in many forms.
The Staria is designed to offer an entire range of options. It will have everything from a commercial-focused two-seater all the way up to an 11-seat option that rivals a luxury vehicle. This bandwidth is going to allow the Staria to compete in multiple segments. An oversized interior acts as a key to its versatility.
Of course the Staria’s utility is just half the story. This vehicle literally looks like nothing else in production today. A continuous LED light bar acts as the Staria’s headlights. Around back large vertical taillights encase hundreds of pixel dot LED’s, similar to the Ioniq 5. Frankly, the pixel bezels are about the only design trait this minivan is sharing with any other Hyundai.
Inside the Staria’s futurism is more muted. Instead, there’s a handsome dash design that looks more 2020 than 2040. Renderings confirm a very luxurious cabin with four rows of seats, two of which are captains chairs that can be moved to a conversation mode. Premium models add a one-touch Relaxation Mode for the second-row passengers, which reclines the seats and attempts to disperse the passenger’s weight.
Hyundai has even installed an oversized air conditioner in the Staria to keep passengers comfortable during the summer.
One big mystery remaining with the Staria is what will propel it. Hyundai has already referenced a manual transmission option (likely for the commercial versions), confirming this won’t be an EV. Given the proportions of the design, we can assume this is based on a front-wheel drive architecture, but we will await more details from Hyundai.