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That 2023 Hyundai Staria Charge will be joined by a new luxury variant early next year, bringing a new round of segment-first technology to the booming van segment.
Just 18 months after the new generation Hyundai Staria Load was introduced locally, an additional premium edition aims to address some of the criticisms of the regular version, namely the weak halogen headlights.
With this change comes a number of technologies inherited from the top-of-the-range Hyundai Staria people carrier.
The Hyundai Staria Load Premium Edition adds 17-inch alloy wheels, bi-LED headlights, LED daytime running lights strips above the front fascia, LED taillights, keyless entry and start, a powered tailgate and a blind zone camera (in addition to blind zone warning).
This technology adds to the long list of safety features on the standard Hyundai Staria Load, including a 360-degree camera, cruise control radar, front and rear parking sensors, door exit warning, blind zone warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, tire pressure monitoring and speed sign recognition.
To date, the Hyundai Staria Load is the only van in the segment with a center airbag between the front seats to prevent a head impact in the event of a severe side impact.
The Hyundai Staria Load Premium Edition also gets two 10.25-inch widescreen digital displays – one for infotainment, the other for the instrument cluster – in addition to wireless smartphone charging, automatic power-up windows for both front doors and convenience of illuminated ones retractable sun visors.
The larger infotainment screen adds embedded satellite navigation but removes the standard model’s wireless capability for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (now wired only).
There will also be a wider range of exterior colors for the flagship option. The standard Hyundai Staria Load van is available in white and silver; The premium edition adds a choice of metallic grey, metallic blue and metallic black.
Hyundai dealers have been advised to expect the model to hit showrooms in limited numbers, initially, early next year. Final specifications will be confirmed closer to the vehicle sale date.
All variants of the Hyundai Staria Load are powered by a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and come with a full spare wheel and tyres.
For now, pricing remains the same for the regular Hyundai Staria Load ($45,740 plus road cost for the two-seat hatchback van or “twin swing” barn doors and $49,640 plus road cost for the five-seat crew hatchback van or “twin swing” barn doors).
The Hyundai Staria Load Premium starts at $51,240 plus road costs – a premium of $5,500 over the standard model and is only available with a liftback liftgate.