Hyundai, the Korean brand has been the ideal for rags to rich history which started with the foundation of Hyundai civil engineering company by Chung ju Yung in 1947, which was bombed in Korean war mere months later. But soon Hyundai strengthen its foothold in market and finally in 1967, Hyundai Motor Company was established. Treading with its strategical alliance and partnerships with industry's oldest automaker, Hyundai started to cater one of the most reliable and best-performing vehicle inculcated with innovative technologies. In all the segments Hyundai has sowed the fine level of performance and gratification for customers. With the growing family sizes, people opted for the utilitarian vehicle which made them carry luggage with allowing to travel comfortably with all family. In 1997, Hyundai Starex was introduced in its van segment which succeeded in most of the countries.
Almost after a decade, Hyundai launched Grand Starex with increased dimensions and much stronger engine which was also be considered as the luxurious version of previous Starex. The newer car is powered with the gasoline or diesel engine which provides good performance complemented by rugged dependability and economical behaviour. Made available in a total of seven variants, it offers the choice of two engine : 2476 cc with 100 PS of power and 227 Nm torque at 2000 rpm and 2497 cc with 170 PS of power and 245 Nm of torque between 2000 to 2250 rpm while mated with automatic transmission. The engine makes the vehicle achieve the top speed of 209 kmph while crossing the speedmark of 100 kmph within 12.7 secs. The fuel efficiency is decent in its segment and lies at 12.02 kmpl. The new Grand Starex adopts the increased dimensions which makes it more comfortable inside. The styling grille, front headlamps and fog lamps, sliding and tilt door and overall styling makes its impressive. Inside it offers the comfort space for 12 people while providing abundant of equipment and controls which makes it easy to relish the drive.
Grand Starex is embodied with 2.5-litre CRDi engine which uses the common rail injection system. The engine offers the powerful performance with the optimum fuel efficiency. Here the the engine puts the fuel economy of 12.02 kmpl.
Being available in six variant locally, the Grand Starex gets the power from choice of two power trains under the hood which are further mated with 5 speed automatic and manual transmission. Base variant uses the 2476 cc engine which generates the power output of 100 PS with the peak torque of 227 Nm at 2000 rpm while the 2497 engine churns out the power of 170 PS with maximum torque of 245 Nm at 2000-2500 rpm mated with automatic transmission. The same engine when mated with manual transmission generates the power output of 134 Ps with the peak torque of 235 Nm at 1500-2500 rpm.
The 2.5 litre CRDi engine with variable geometry turbo ensures the quicker response especially at low revs. The five speed automatic transmission performs very well and allows the vehicle to achieve the top speed of 209 kmph while crossing the speedmark of 100 kmph within 12.7 seconds.
The huge Grand Starex, is the answer to all the customers who have long been expecting the car which is not only big enough, rather posses the strong, modern exterior which is complemented with comfortable and spacious interior. The front is made with stylish radiated honeycomb styled grille with the company's emblem at the mid. While the Air intakes conveniently holds the model's nameplate while front bumper houses the fog lamps which makes the convenience over the road. The decent headlamps are beautifully glared into the bodywork and marks the Starex as member of Hyundai family. The curvy line flowing along the side makes the concave surface harmonizing with overall design. The lamp cluster wraps around the sides and group together rear lights, reverse light, direction indicator and reflectors. The front passenger and driver gets the ease of access to vehicle with much ease with hinge mounting allowing the front door to open at distinct angle while sliding door opens up the huge space to climb inside. The flush fitting side windows improves aesthetics and quietness while attractive side garnish between the wheels make it look more impressive. Further micro aerial is roof mounted which makes the fine connectivity inside and redesigned 3 way washer nozzle adds the clarity of vision.
Van is oriented to accommodate 12 passenger easily with comfort while the ample of legroom and headroom is also offered with increased dimensions. The slight large dimension than its sibling measured at 5125 x 1920 x 1925 mm (L X W X H) where the wheelbase measures at 3200mm. The built-in courtesy are available which illuminates when doors are opened.
The practical and hard working carrier offers the plenty of space for professional working equipment, holiday luggage and sport gear. The full length sized windows makes the easy look outside while the interior comfort and refinement is offered with all the meticulously thought components. Hyundai engineers has developed the interior with high class which makes the compatibility with high class passenger cars. The great feel and finish of car is offered with the cleverly designed seats which can be tipped up, slide and reclined while the driver's door arm rest neatly incorporates switches for power window lifts and rear view mirror adjustments. There are neatly carved multi switch panel on fascia panel for fog lights and rheostat. Further the roof mounted type interior lamp illuminates the cabin and offered in six ambient colours.
The spacious cabin of Grand Starex offers the level of comfort in drive while the ample of storage compartment makes the easy space to keep huge amount of luggage. The cubby hole for items between rear seats makes the flexibility and doubles as an open tray and holder for couple of drinks while the console between driver and front seat passenger is available with retractable holder and to keep all magazines, maps and paperwork the front door features clever combination of door pockets. The deliberate and easy sense of comfort is offered with the spaciousness. The powerful air conditioning system is re-engineered to incorporate roof mounted air vents which makes additional relax in drive while the twin rotary knobs are there to control the temperature and fan speed for passenger seated in rear of wagon.
The spacious wagon offers a lot of space and shows the generosity inside. The rear passenger gets the plenty of legroom with headroom while front passenger gets the comfort driving posture. The increased bootspace makes it easy to carry large amount of luggage while the flexibility is made with the foldable seats.
Hyundai leaves no stone unturned to offer the level of ruggedness and Eco-friendliness with its engines. Which are mated with power,refinement and quality. The front mounted engine powers the rear wheel for optimum weight distribution and dynamic balance. Grand Starex is available in 10 seater and 12 seater segment which comes in seven variant where one variant is not availably in Philippines market. Theses variant comes equipped with choice of two engines which comes with 2476 cc and 2497 displacement which are mated with 5 or 6 speed automatic and manual transmission. 2476 cc engine mated with 5 speed MT makes the power output of 100 PS with 23 kgm of peak torque at 2000 rpm.
2497 cc engine mated with 6 speed MT makes the power output of 136 PS with 35 kg-m of peak torque at 1500-2500 rpm.
2497 cc engine mated with H-matic 5 speed A/T makes the power output of 170 PS with 45 kg-m of peak torque at 2000-2500 rpm.
Grand Starex delivers the superlative performance and fuel economy while the 5 speed automatic transmission with sports mode is developed to make every aspect of driving more relaxed and enjoying. The 2.5-litre CRDi VGT engine reduces fuel consumption without affecting performance.
There are plenty of entertainment aspects inside which makes it one of the most luxurious MPV. The incorporation of new stereo system, plays AM/FM/ CD/MP3 along with AUX-in interface. In order to offer the better connectivity with different devices where the music system can be connected with IOS, android, windows and gadgets. The 7 inch LCD screen and quality speakers fill the cabin's environment with superlative sound quality.
All variants of Hyundai Starex comes outfitted with 16 inch alloy wheels which is increased with the newer version. The light alloy wheels are an option to standard steel wheel in most countries.
Grand Starex has the advanced suspension technology with flexible design which is sufficiently robust to cope when vehicle is fully laden while being enough compliant to ensure the comfortable ride whatever the road or load. The large and powerful disc brakes are available which makes the powerful control over the vehicle and makes the high level of stopping performance essential for loaded van. For slippery surface, the anti lock brake system prevents the car from skidding where tires get less traction and contract patch is sliding compared to road. Further the ESP can activate one or more individual brakes depending on wheel which can increase driving safety.
Huge sizes not only oriented for increased space rather the level of safety and protection is also desirable with MPV. Grand Starex has optimized the protection level of driver and passengers. The disc brakes are incorporated with ABS and EBD allowing to makes the better control over vehicle. The better cash worthiness, driver and passenger's airbags help keep driver and passenger safe in position.
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