Fuel-saving Hyundai Staria Hybrid people-mover revealed in Korea, Australian plans unclear

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Using a 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid powertrain, the Staria Hybrid can sip as little as 7.7 litres per hundred kilometres.

A cleaner and more efficient petrol-powered Hyundai Staria people mover has been revealed in Korea overnight, using a fuel-saving closed-loop hybrid electric powertrain.

Hyundai is currently taking pre-orders for the eight-seat Staria Hybrid in Korea, which can use as little as 7.7 litres per hundred kilometres.

For comparison, the current petrol-powered Hyundai Staria uses a 3.5-litre V6, with a claimed fuel economy of 10.5 litres per hundred kilometres. 

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The all-wheel drive 2.2-litre diesel Staria is more frugal at 8.2 litres per hundred kilometres, but still cannot match the hybrid’s claim.

According to Korean press information, the forthcoming Staria Hybrid will also pick up USB-C power outlets and rain-sensing wipers.

The hybrid Staria uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, which runs through a six-speed automatic transmission and develops 132kW/364Nm. When combined with the electric motor, the maximum total outputs for the Staria Hybrid are 180kW and 366Nm. 

This makes the Staria Hybrid slightly more potent than the Santa Fe hybrid, which is currently available in Australia and uses a similar 1.6-litre turbocharged hybrid powertrain. Peak outputs for the Santa Fe hybrid are 169kW/350Nm.

However, it’s currently unclear whether the Staria Hybrid uses all-wheel drive (like the current Staria diesel) or only powers the front wheels (like the current Staria V6 petrol).

When asked whether there were any plans to introduce the Staria Hybrid to the Australian market, a representative from Hyundai Australia told Drive it is currently only available for the left-hand drive Korean market.

However, there is plenty of interest in the vehicle if it becomes available in the future:

“We are very keen to add Staria Hybrid to our rapidly expanding hybrid portfolio down under, however nothing is confirmed at this time.” The Hyundai representative told Drive. 

As car makers are planning to meet forthcoming Fuel Efficiency Standards later this year, more efficient hybrid models (with reduced CO2 emissions) would likely be an attractive addition to local Hyundai showrooms. 

While local plans are yet to be confirmed by Hyundai Australia, a Staria Hybrid could be a direct competitor to the Kia Carnival hybrid, which is locked in to arrive in Australia by the end of 2024.

Sam Purcell has been writing about cars, four-wheel driving and camping since 2013, and obsessed with anything that goes brum-brum longer than he can remember. Sam joined the team at CarAdvice/Drive as the off-road Editor in 2018, after cutting his teeth at Unsealed 4X4 and Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures.

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