Hyundai’s load carrier range is getting a new flagship variant for 2023, which brings some people mover touches.
The 2023 Hyundai Staria Load Premium, according to a preliminary dealer bulletin seen by CarExpert, includes some features previously exclusive to the Staria people mover.
It’s priced at $51,240 before on-road costs, or $5500 more than the standard two-seat van. It’s only available with the lift-up tailgate.
CarExpert understands it will reach dealers either in December or January. Full specification details will be communicated at launch.
Additional kit includes LED headlights with automatic high-beam, LED tail lights, 17-inch alloy wheels, a power tailgate and keyless entry and start.
Inside, it also swaps out the Staria Load’s 8.0-inch touchscreen for the Staria Elite people mover’s larger 10.25-inch unit with satellite navigation, and gains climate control air-conditioning.
It also gains the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster from the Staria Highlander, complete with Hyundai’s Blind Spot View Monitor.
In a final people mover touch, the Staria Load Premium will be offered in more than just plain white and black. Graphite Grey and Shimmering Silver metallic and Moonlight Blue mica finishes join the palette.
The bulletin included only a single image of the vehicle’s exterior, finished in what appears to be Moonlight Blue.
The rest of the Staria Load range will enter 2023 with unchanged pricing and specifications.
Hyundai isn’t the first company to introduce a plusher version of its cargo van.
The flagship Ford Transit Custom Sport receives a power driver’s seat, bi-xenon headlights, partial leather upholstery and 17-inch alloy wheels, as well as various cosmetic tweaks to elevate it above more affordable variants.
It’s priced at $50,390 before on-road costs in short-wheelbase guise, and $55,390 before on-roads in long-wheelbase Dual Cab guise.
Peugeot also recently offered a limited edition Sport version of its Expert van, which received 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlights, a head-up display, climate-control air-conditioning and keyless entry and start, among other upgrades.