WE know, it’s a terrible pun. But that aside, when the new Staria people mover launches in the coming weeks, it’s bringing along a friend, the Staria-Load. Hyundai’s unique looking new tradie van delivers passenger car levels of refinement and comfort.
With an all-new platform, space-age design and cutting-edge standard features, the Staria-Load builds on the strong legacy of the long-lived iLoad to bring a bold new vision to the van segment.
It delivers all the dependability of iLoad coupled with a larger, more usable cargo area, greatly improved performance and a vast array of advanced safety and convenience technology not offered by the competition.
It will come loaded with a host of features, including auto dusk-sensing headlights, a 4.2-inch information screen in the instrument cluster, heated and power folding mirrors, and an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
That setup will support wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and multi-device Bluetooth connectivity. There’s also a wireless phone charger, and leather appointed steering wheel and gearshift knob.
It will ride on 17-inch steel wheels, and the spare is of the full-sized variety. Safety technology hasn’t been left out either, with driver attention warning, forward collision avoidance assist, intelligent speed limit assist and lane keep and lane follow assist.
You’ll also find leading vehicle departure alert, front and rear parking sensors, tyre pressure monitoring and a safe exit warning system. There are seven airbags and rear cross traffic assist, along with blind spot monitoring.
Rounding out the overall package in the Staria-Load is an electronic parking brake with auto-hold, steering wheel mounted controls audio, phone, and cruise control, a tilt and telescopic steering column, four driving modes, and keyless entry with remote windows.
The Staria-Load will offer a 2.5-tonne braked towing capacity, and is available in Creamy White or Shimmering Silver. Both come with a black cloth interior, and it can be had in either 2-seat van or 5-seat crew van configurations.
The former is priced at $45,740 plus on-roads, with the latter available for $48,240, again plus on-roads. For more info, contact your local Hyundai dealer.