The United States is often called the land of the free, but it could also be called the land of the truck. The rest of the world, however, is taking a little more interest in vans. Hyundai ditched its futuristic Staria earlier this year, a minivan for the new age. Now, the Korean automaker has just dropped its freight hauling sibling, the new Staria Load, heading to the Australian market later this year.
Immediately, it is clear that it is a beautiful van. With a new sharp grill design and crisp, rounded curves uncomplicated by unnecessary folds or protrusions, it sports an incredibly modern and avant-garde feel. It’s hip enough that it could almost be a concept or cousin of something like the Sony Vision-S. It’s not as fancy as its passenger-carrying stable mate, as you might expect. Of course, as a work vehicle, how it gets the job done is more important than how it looks, but the eye-catching design deserves credit nonetheless.
Under the hood, the Staria Load is powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine developing 174 horsepower and 317 lb-ft of torque. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the only transmission offered, in an effort to improve fuel economy. Hyundai says the new platform is good for 7.0 L / 100 km, or 33 mpg, a healthy bump from the previous iLoad’s 27 mpg as an automatic, or 31 mpg for the old 6-man manual. speeds.
The new model is based on the Santa Fe SUV platform, although it has a rigid axle with leaf spring suspension at the rear for better load capacities. This comes with a shift from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive instead. It’s a decision that sacrifices the turning radius a bit, which should drop from 11.22 meters for its predecessor iLoad to the 11.94 meters cited for the corresponding Hyundai Staria van. However, it allows more storage in the back. Among other changes, it contributes to an increase of 4,935 liters of cargo space, up from 4,426 in the previous model.
Notably, the move to the Santa Fe platform brings another major advantage, with a towing capacity of up to 2,500 kg, or 5,500 lbs. That’s 2,200 pounds more than the outgoing model. Meanwhile, it’s unclear whether the Staria-Load will get an all-wheel-drive model down the line. While the associated Staria van is available in such a configuration, the different rear suspension design of the Staria Load would require a significantly redesigned configuration.
Gloriously, the Staria Load is mounted on a set of shiny and shiny 17 “steel wheels. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and wireless charging are all present and catered for. There is also an electronic parking brake which will save the day. commercial operators having to use the old handle at each delivery stop.
According to CarSales.com.auPricing starts at A $ 45,740 for the two-seater Staria Load, with a five-seater crew variant taking it to $ 48,240 before on-road costs. Hyundai hopes to get closer to segment leader Toyota HiAce with the launch of its new model. Armed with its sleek new look and fuel-efficient diesel engine, it might just have a chance to steal a new segment of buyers from the dominant player on the scene.
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