Hyundai Starex

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Hyundai Starex
2015 Hyundai iLoad (TQ2-V MY15) crew cab van (2015-06-18) 01.jpg
Manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company
Production 1997–present
Assembly South Korea: Ulsan
Egypt: Cairo (Ghabbour Group)
Indonesia: Bekasi
Malaysia (Hyundai Malaysia)
Turkey: Izmit[1]
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door van
Predecessor Hyundai Grace

The Hyundai Starex is a van built by the Hyundai Motor Company in South Korea and Indonesia since 1997.

First generation models were known in Europe as the Hyundai H-1 and as the Hyundai H200 in the Netherlands. For the second generation, Australian and UK market models are sold as the Hyundai iLoad (cargo version) and in Australia as Hyundai iMax and the UK as Hyundai i800 (people mover versions). European models are differentiated as the Hyundai H-1 Cargo (cargo version) and Hyundai H-1 Travel (people mover version). In the Netherlands, it is called Hyundai H300 with the people mover version of the H300 is for fleet only.

First generation (A1; 1997–2007)[edit]

First generation (A1)
Hyundai H-1 front 20070928.jpg
Also called Hyundai H-1
Hyundai H200
Hyundai Libero (truck)
Hyundai Satellite
JAC Refine
Production 1997–2007
Body and chassis
Related Hyundai Libero
Mitsubishi Delica
Engine 2.4 L Sirius I4 petrol
2.5 L D I4 diesel
2.5 L TD I4 diesel
2.5 L CRDI VGT I4 diesel
3.0 L DOHC V6 (LPG)
Wheelbase RV Wagon/Van: 2,810 mm (110.6 in)
Jumbo Wagon/Van: 3,080 mm (121.3 in)
Hyundai H-1 rear

The Starex succeeded Hyundai Grace (also known as the H100) in most countries. Like the Hyundai Grace, the first generation A1 series Starex was based on Mitsubishi Delica and was offered available in a wide range of configurations, including minivan (MPV) and minibus, van, pick-up, taxi, and ambulance. For the very first 1997 models, it used the Mitsubishi derived 2.5-liter 4D56 SOHC 8-valve non turbo diesel engine with 55 kW (74 hp) and 142 N·m (105 lb·ft) at 2,500 rpm. These first generation models were initially restricted for sale sold to the domestic South Korean market, but were eventually exported to a number of countries in Southeast Asia and some parts Europe.

For the 1998 model year, a gasoline engine was offered, a Mitsubishi derived 4G64 145 hp (108 kW) at 5,250 rpm with 218 N·m (161 lb·ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. The diesel engine now comes with a slightly more powerful Mitsubishi derived 4D56 non-intercooled turbo diesel engine with 84 PS (62 kW) at 201 N·m (148 lb·ft) at 2,000 rpm. Available in two grades SVX, Club and a number of body style (commercial panel van, and pick up (Libero). Also a long wheelbase (12-seater) "Jumbo" and short wheelbase (seven- and nine-seater) "RV". First came into this model are luxurious features like side lower body cladding with two-tone paint scheme (SVX, Club), optional dual sunroof (Club), side body "Tetris style" decals (Club), chrome slant grills, rear tailgate handle opener cover (Club), cream moquette upholstery (Club), optional high-tech head unit with television screen and six-disc CD changer (Club) for domestic models, power windows and antenna (SVX, Club) an Aisin Seiki Co. sourced four-speed automatic transmission with ECT and overdrive switch and differently styled "star" 15-inch alloy wheels with exposed lug nuts (Club). For safety, it also features limited-slip differential (LSD), anti-lock braking system (ABS) and driver side airbag. This models was exported to a number countries and proven a big hit to some car markets like the Philippines where at that time was imported via gray market. It gained instant popularity for comfortable sedan like drive, availability of automatic transmission, expansive interior space, thickly bolstered seats and its main advantage of being priced lower than its twin, the Mitsubishi Delica Space Gear, yet packs more features and factory accessories like front bull bars, top basket loader, and a rear ladder. For the following year in the Philippines, the gasoline engine version was dropped due to unusually very high gasoline consumption, but still made available for other markets.

The 1999 model year it gained the more powerful 2.5 SOHC 8-valve turbo diesel with intercooler engine that has an output of 85 hp (63 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 170 N·m (130 lb·ft) of torque, most notable feature is the addition of a hood scoop for the intercooler feed, different upholstery color scheme, blacked out B-pillars (Club) and a top dashboard center binnacle with temperature, altimeter and a compass for 4x2 and 4x4 Club variant.

The 2000 to 2002 model version also known as the "millennium" model retains the previous engine specs while it made available for its domestic market, a Mitsubishi derived 2,972 cc 6G72 V6 gas engine with 195 hp (145 kW) at 5,000 rpm and 278 N·m (205 lb·ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. This models features a much updated exterior and interior trims for the SVX and Club models such as multi-reflectorized clear headlamps and jewel like treatment tail-lights, differently styled front bumper over riders, front door "SVX" decals, black and gray interior color scheme with much durable upholstery material, and differently styled alloy wheels for the SVX and Club models.

For the 2003 to 2004 model, a much powerful power plant was made available, a new 2.5 DOHC 16-valve common rail direct injection turbo diesel engine that had an output of 123 horsepower (92 kW) and 360 N·m (270 lb·ft) of torque.It retains the previous model's interior and exterior styling features and received a new digital climate control for the higher Club model.

The 2005 to 2007 offered much more with a new front fascia, such as squared "bug" eye headlights, an extended bumper to accommodate the over sized square radiator grills with three vertical chrome bars and squared fog lamps. Also a differently finished rear tail-lights and bumpers, integrated radio antenna, digital odometer and trip meter and (depending on the market) an updated multimedia head unit with pull down from the ceiling screen monitor. the engine was a carry over 2.5-liter DOHC 16-valve common rail direct injection turbo diesel engine that had an output of 123 horsepower (92 kW) at 360 N·m (270 lb·ft) of torque and a 2.5-liter SOHC eight-valve turbo diesel with intercooler engine that has an output of 85 hp (63 kW) at 4,000 rpm and 170 N·m (130 lb·ft) of torque but now with ETC the interior features an upgraded upholstery, a number of cup holders located at the back seats, and an easy to wipe and clean rubberized floor matting. Top of the line (Gold) models features a leather interior an overhead console and immobilizer. Aluminum accents, split, folding seats, all power features, digital climate control, key less entry and DVD player with six speakers are standard.

Hyundai Libero, the light truck version of the A1 series Starex

The Starex is also produced in China under the name JAC Refine by Anhui Jianghuai Automobile since 2002 under Hyundai licence. It is very successful, with a market share of about 20 percent.[2] From 2003 to 2008, it has consecutively won "Year's MPV" and "The Best Official Car" from 2004 to 2008. In 2007, it was gained "The Best MPV" and "The Best MPV for Government".[3]

Hyundai Libero[edit]

Between 2000 and 2007, Hyundai manufactured a light truck version of the A1 series Starex. Known as the Hyundai Libero, it replaced the Hyundai Porter in the lineup. They were equipped with a 2.5-liter diesel engine (in normally aspirated and turbocharged forms) or 3.0-liter Sigma gasoline V6, and came in a multiple body styles, including pickup and flatbed.

Second generation (TQ; 2007–present)[edit]

Second generation (TQ)
2008-2010 Hyundai iMax (TQ-W) van 01.jpg
Also called Hyundai Grand Starex
Hyundai Grand Starex Royale
Hyundai i800
Hyundai H-1
Hyundai H-1 Travel
Hyundai H-1 Cargo
Hyundai iLoad
Hyundai iMax
Hyundai H300
Huatai-Hyundai H1 Cargo
Huatai-Hyundai H1 Van
Dodge/Hyundai by Ram H100 Van/Wagon (Mexico)[4]
Production 2007–present
Engine 2.4 L Theta II I4 petrol
2.5 L TCI I4 diesel
2.5 L CRDI VGT I4 diesel
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
5-speed manual
6-speed manual (From 2012)
Wheelbase 3,200 mm (126.0 in)
Length 5,125 mm (201.8 in)
Width 1,920 mm (75.6 in)
Height 1,925 mm (75.8 in) (Wagon)
1,935 mm (76.2 in)
Hyundai iMax (Australia)
Hyundai iLoad (Australia)

The second-generation vehicle was introduced as the Grand Starex with larger dimensions and much stronger CRDi engine. The engine is a 2.5-Liter CRDi In-Line 4 cylinder engine delivering 170CV 167 hp (125 kW; 169 PS) at 3,800 rpm with 289 lb·ft (392 N·m) of torque between 2,000 and 2,500 rpm. From 2012 there is a 138CV - 138 hp (103 kW; 140 PS) variant of the same engine with 6-Speed Manual Transmission for better fuel economy.

In Malaysia the Starex is available in a more luxurious variant called the Grand Starex Royale with DVD player, seven-inch LCD panel and fully equipped with body kit. Called Grand Starex Royale.

In Indonesia, Hyundai Starex is available with the name Hyundai H-1 and was introduced in 2008, with three options: GLS, Elegance, and XG. At first, only gasoline engines were available for H-1. The diesel engines came in February 2010, when Hyundai decided to produce H-1 in Indonesia for ASEAN market.[5][6]

In Thailand, the Starex is marketed as the Hyundai H-1. It comes in three variants, the Touring, Executive and Deluxe. All come with 12 seats. The Executive and Deluxe were badged as "Maesto" until a minor change in 2011.

The Grand Starex "VIP" variant based on H-1 with seven seats and a second-row "Double VIP" seats that can electrically control on recline and leg support and 19-inch TV and DVD player are available in late 2010,[7] and then Grand Starex "Premium" with sliding "Double Super VIP" seats on 2nd row and smaller 10.2-inch DVD player screen available in late 2012.[8]


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