The 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex 12-Seater Minivan has been Facelifted ahead of its international rollout early this year. Hyundai has plenty of vehicles on sale in the United States, but the Grand Starex has remained in the wraps for quite some time. Photos of the revived people mover have finally leaked, prompting the automaker to reveal the refreshed Grand Starex Minivan in South Korea.
The company showcased its high-end 2.5 Urban in the South Korean auto bazaar, which now sports a modern-looking cabin along with a chiseled front end. The Grand Starex has numerous alternate names, such as Imax in Australia and H-1 Travel in Germany. The refreshed people carrier is almost the same length as the Kia Sedona, but it can accommodate not less than 12 travelers across its 4-seat rows.
2018 Hyundai Grand Starex – Spacious Interior with High-End Techs
The ongoing, second-generation Grand Starex showed up at dealers over a decade ago. Since then, it has gone through a lot of transformations to make it more relevant in the current market. For instance, the incumbent model has received plenty of upgrades including new front- and rear-end design as well as new headlight and taillight graphics.
As of this writing, the 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex is set to arrive with a whole new exterior and interior styling. It measures about 202.76 inches long, 75.59 inches wide and 75.79 inches tall. Its wheelbase measures around 125.98 inches. This time, the redesigned Grand Starex will ride on new 17-inch alloy wheels as standard.
Regarding the exterior styling, this people mover is said to switch from the current vertical headlights to entirely new horizontal clusters. Other new elements in this minivan include the revised lower bumper, quarter panels, cascading grille, and hood. All these transformations strive to make this vehicle in line with present-day Hyundai models.
Hyundai’s newest Grand Starex will incorporate the brand’s signature cascading grille in its contemporary front fascia. Its grille will get flanked by sharper and rectangular headlights. Furthermore, it features fresh details like a dynamic bumper and reworked fog lamps. The company has also opted to raise the hood higher than in the present-day vehicle.
This elevation is aimed at reducing the impact on the pedestrian should there be a collision. At its rear end, this vehicle will receive new license plate housing along with revised taillights featuring LED lighting. Urban trims will receive projector halogens, LED daytime running lights, and LED taillights.
The 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex van will encompass a more car-like interior, which includes fresh and high-tech features. You are likely to get a revised 4-spoke steering wheel, redesigned gear lever, and a new set of instrument gauges inside this vehicle. Additionally, a new 8-inch floating touchscreen infotainment unit with navigation will become available.
2018 Hyundai Grand Starex – Two Engine Variants
Given that the 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex is a commercial vehicle, it is likely to have a diesel powertrain. All indications point at the possibility of a 2.5-liter turbo-diesel engine. This engine will generate about 138-hp and 260-lb.ft of torque when hooked to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
There is also a 5-speed automatic gearbox comprising of a variable turbocharger. With this gearbox system used, the engine churns out approximately 172-horsepower and 332-lb.ft of torque. The next Grand Starex model includes other fresh details, such as a softer suspension, better sound insulation, and hill-start assist among others. The four-wheel-drive models will get locking differential.
2018 Hyundai Grand Starex – MSRP and Debut
The basic trim of the 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex will kickstart its price at $19,625. However, the Urban configuration sells for nearly $28,040.
The new 2018 Hyundai Grand Starex buyers in markets like United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia will likely see this model in the showrooms in the second half of this year. Do not expect to find this vehicle roaming in the American roads anytime soon, though.