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The facelifted versions of the Hyundai iLoad van and Hyundai iMax people mover have, very likely, been previewed by the updated Hyundai Grand Starex, which has just been unveiled in South Korea.

Externally, the biggest changes have happened at the front of the van. There, the current vertical headlights have been replaced with much thinner, horizontally-arrayed units.

The van also gets a new bonnet, bumpers and front quarter panels, as well as a new variation on the company’s cascading grille theme. All up, the squarer and more modern design brings the van closer to the look established in much of Hyundai’s passenger car range.

Under the bonnet, the Grand Starex is available with an updated turbo-diesel engine that’s now compliant with Euro 6 regulations.

Inside, the Grand Starex’s dashboard has been given a complete makeover. The unit in today’s car, which dates back to the vehicle’s launch in 2007, has been junked in favour of something far more up-to-date – and clearly inspired by the i30 hatch.

The design is all new, and features a free-standing touchscreen infotainment display in the centre. There are also new door panels, and a modern aesthetic for the steering wheel, air conditioning controls, transmission shifter, and centre console.

On the high-spec people-carrying variant seen here, the updated dashboard comes fitted with lashings of faux wood, brown leather and metal.

High-end models also feature LED tail-lights, heated leather seats, “sedan-style” interior, 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, air conditioning vents for passengers in the rear, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

In South Korea, the Grand Starex range is available in three-, five-, nine-, eleven-, and twelve-seat configurations.


Hyundai Australia says a face-lifted iLoad and iMax will be coming in 2018, but wouldn’t confirm whether the cars would look like their Korean counterparts.

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