- June 5, 2023
Hyundai has officially relaunched in the Philippines with Hyundai Motor Philippines (HMPH) as its official sales subsidiary and distributor for its passenger cars.
The South Korean automaker marked this momentous occasion with the launch of a renewed model lineup headlined by the all-new Creta and all-new Staria.
The cool, futuristic-looking Staria features a bold exterior design: lower beltline, taller vehicle height, horizontal daytime running lights that stretch across the width of the vehicle, a wide grille with low-set headlamps, and a sloping front end.
There’s a 7-seater premium variant that comes with exclusive design elements, smart sliding doors, smart power tailgate, dual sunroofs, and loads of active safety features.
There’s also an 11-seater commuter and GLS+ variants and 3-seater cargo variant.
The Staria is powered by a 2.2-liter CRDi turbodiesel engine that generates 175hp at 3,800rpm and 431Nm of torque at 1,500-2,500rpm. The Premium+ and GLS+ variants come with an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the Commuter and Cargo versions get a 6-speed manual.
Here are the prices of the Hyundai Staria:
- 2.2 CRDi 6MT (Cargo): P1,560,000
- 2.2 CRDi 6MT (11-seater Commuter): P1,850,000
- 2.2 CRDi GLS+ 8AT (11-seater): P2,320,000
- 2.2 CRDi Premium+ 8AT AWD (7 seater): P2,930,000
The all-new Creta, on the other hand, is a 5-seater crossover powered by a 1.5L Smartstream engine paired to either a 6-speed MT or an IVT (Intelligent Variable Transmission).
The 1.5 GL MT variant gets conventional gauges with a 3.5-inch TFT LCD screen and an integrated radio with a 3.8-inch screen, while all IVT variants get a 10.25-inch Supervision Cluster with an 8-inch touchscreen audio system.
Standard across the range are dual SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, and stability control. However, only the GLS IVT gets the Hyundai Smartsense advanced driver assist, which includes blind spot indicators, lane keep assist, and forward collision avoidance.
- 1.5 GL MT: P998,000
- 1.5 GL IVT: P1,170,000
- 1.5 GL IVT (Limited Red): P1,323,000
- 1.5 GLS IVT: P1,332,000
Hyundai’s most recognizable marques also got cosmetic and performance updates.
The all-new Tucson features a “Parametric Jewel Pattern Grille” and unique side character lines. Under the hood, the Tucson is powered by either a 2.0-liter Smartstream diesel engine mated to an 8-speed automatic, or a 2.0-liter Smartstream gasoline engine paired with a 6-speed automatic gearbox.
- 2.0 GLS AT (Gas) – P1,570,000
- 2.0 GLS+ AT (Diesel) – P1,840,000
The 7-seater Santa Fe, on the other hand has a unique T-shaped DRL, as well as new cascading grille and front bumper. It’s powered by 2.2L Smartstream diesel engine mated to an 8-speed wet DCT, a first in Hyundai’s SUVs.
The sole variant is the 2.2 CRDi GLS 8DCT, which is priced at P2,420,000.
HMPH is poised to launch two new additions to its roster later this year: the Palisade and Ioniq 5, with the latter being a full-fledged electric vehicle.