2018 Welcomes Hyundai’s Facelifted Grand Starex 12-Seater Minivan

Hyundai sells plenty of different vehicles in the United States, but there are some we never see. Like the Grand Starex.

Alternately sold in other markets as the iLoad, iMax, i800, and H1, the Starex is more of a commercial van than the minivans popularized in America. It’s about as long as a Kia Sedona, but can accommodate as many as 12 passengers across four rows of seating.

The current, second-generation model was introduced over a decade ago, but has now undergone a facelift to keep up with the times. That includes new front- and rear-end styling, punctuated by new head- and taillight graphics.

The grille’s new and bigger as well, and the interior’s been comprehensively updated to include a new 8-inch infotainment screen, fresh steering wheel, and updated trim.

This being a commercial vehicle, power comes from a diesel engine – specifically a 2.5-liter turbodiesel. It produces 138 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque when mated to a six-speed manual, or 172 hp and 332 lb-ft with the five-speed automatic that brings with it a variable turbocharger.

Buyers in South Korea can opt for all-wheel drive with a locking differential as well. Pricing starts at 21.1 million won, or nearly $20k at current exchange rates. Prospective customers in markets like Europe, the UK, and Australia can expect to see the updated models arrive in the near future as well. Just don’t expect to see any roaming American roads.

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