2023 Hyundai Staria 10-seater set to debut in Malaysia in Q4 – Lite, Plus and Max variants, price fr. RM17xk – paultan.org

After releasing a teaser for it late last month, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has now confirmed that it will introduce a new 10-seater variant of the Staria sometime in the fourth quarter. The new variant will join the seven-seater version of the MPV that was launched in Malaysia last October.

It was also announced that the 10-seater will be powered by a 2.2 CRDi diesel engine, as seen on the seven-seater 2.2D Premium variant. The 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel offers a power of 177 hp. and 431 Nm and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission sending drive to the front wheels.

When it arrives later this year, the 10-seater Staria will be available in three variants, namely Lite, Plus and Max, an expansion from the single Premium version for the seven-seater, which is currently priced at RM366,768.

The company has not revealed the official pricing of the 10-seater versions, but indicated that it will be offered at a much lower price point, with prices expected to start at RM17X,XXX. Specifications are yet to be released, but order books are now open for the car, with the booking fee set at RM1,000.

The variant seen in the spy shots taken last month is likely to be the Lite. Compared to the seven-seat Premium, the car seen in the images has a more basic head unit instead of an eight-inch touchscreen, a traditional gear stick instead of transmission buttons, and simpler climate controls. Carryovers appear to be leather upholstery and a digital instrument cluster.

Elsewhere, the large front grille has a different design and is body-coloured without the 2.2D Premium’s glossy black finish and the Parametric-inspired trim. The headlights also appear to be halogen instead of LEDs on the seven-seat Premium.

While the 2.2D Premium’s seven seats are spread across three rows in a 2-2-3 layout, with captain’s chairs in the second row, the 10-seat version features four rows of seats in a 2-3-2-3 arrangement. Although some markets consider the version to be an 11-seater, the extra seat is in the first row (in a 3-3-2-3 configuration). Given that the middle seat in the first row doesn’t have a proper three-point seat belt, the layout can’t be considered an 11th seat officially here.

It remains to be seen what the trim levels are for the three available variants, but a check on Hyundai Malaysia’s website shows that all three 10-seater variants will have black monotone Nappa leather upholstery.

The site also reveals the colors that will be available for the 10-seat versions. Abyss Black Pearl and Creamy White are available for all three variants, with the Lite adding a Shimmering Silver metallic option and Max, Graphite Gray metallicc and Moonlight Blue Pearl.

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