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Hyundai reveals first look at its Staria multi-purpose vehicle

The Hyundai Staria will officially debut later this year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Kia has a new multi-purpose vehicle so it makes sense that its sister company Hyundai would be getting one as well. Just whatever you do, don't call them vans.

The Hyundai Staria is slated to premiere in the first half of 2021 and the company says that it will take families and businesses to the next level as a mobility solution that makes time in transit more "accommodating, productive and worthwhile". Additionally, Staria will be a preview of the innovative use of space that will be available through the company's upcoming purpose built vehicles for the mobility era.

Hyundai has teamed up with Canoo, which recently debuted a pickup truck of its own, to create platforms for their upcoming lineup of purpose built electric vehicles.

Hyundai Staria

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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Like Honda does with its vehicles, Hyundai has designed the Staria with its inside-out approach, doing the interior design work first then expanding to the exterior. The shift comes as Hyundai's research shows customers now prioritize the use of interior space.

The exterior of the model is meant to look spaceship-esque. with a streamlined silhouette that is complete with a fluid curve running from front to back. At the vehicle's face are horizontal daytime running lights and a positioning lamp. Its strong grille faces a unique facade. Headlamps are set low and to the sides of the grille. The vehicle appears monochromatic as the company uses the same body color for all frontal parts.

A cleanly designed rear features vertical taillamp and a wide rear view. Its rear bumper is lowered to help passengers easily load and unload the cargo.

Hyundai will sell the Staria in a base and Premium model. There may be more options, but the company hasn't revealed those yet. The Premium grade's grille features a mesh pattern while a chrome line surrounds the cube-type, full-LED headlamps. The tinted brass chrome applied to the Hyundai emblem on the front, wheels, side mirrors and door handles is designed to highlight the vehicle's styling and give it the air of sophistication. The Staria Premium rides on 18-inch wheels with diamond patterns and graphics.

The interior of the vehicle takes its inspiration from a cruise ship. There's a 10.25-inch front display screen, touch-based center fascia, and a button-type electronic shifter. The digital instrument cluster is located on top of the dashboard.

Storage space is available on top of the overhead console, bottom of the cluster, and top and bottom of the center fascia. The center console box is equipped with cup holders, USB ports, and additional storage space for both driver and passengers.

Hyunda will offer the Staria in a number of seating arrangements from two to 11 seats. The Staria Premium has seven, nine, or 11 seats. The seven-seat model features a one-touch relaxation mode on its second-row premium relaxation seats, automatically reclining to a seat posture that comfortably disperses the passenger's weight and improves overall body balance. The nine-seater version has the added ability to swivel 180 degrees to face passengers in the third row.

The model is complete with its 64-color ambient mood lamp as well as indirect lighting that can be aimed at the cockpit, floor console, and door and luggage trims.

More information about the world premiere of the Hyundai Staria will be revealed soon.

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The 11th-generaiton Honda Civic Sedan has broken cover.

Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.

Marie was a little bit country and Donny was a little bit rock and roll. The design of the redesigned 2022 Honda Civic Sedan looks a little bit modern and a little bit vintage - and it's all a heck of a lot less polarizing than the previous generation.

Today Honda has offered the first official fully lighted glimpse of the 11th-generation Civic, which is set to officially debut April 28. The design of the model was previewed last year with the Civic Prototype.

2022 Honda Civic Prototype The 2022 Honda Civic Prototype showed off a nearly production-ready design late last year. Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Honda openly admits that the look of the new Civic was inspired by the last. Head into the trove of internet photos of the fourth- and fifth-generation Civic to see parallels in design. Honda said that designers upheld Honda's human-centric design philosophy in the new model while also increasing the safety.

The result is a car that looks very much like a sedan but still retains sporty attributes. It also looks more like the Accord in this generation than the last. In the photo provided by Honda, the new Civic is in Touring trim level form.

Honda said that the car's interior design, which they haven't shown photos of yet, is "uncluttered", has "simple ergonomics", and delivers "exceptional visibility".

The 2022 Civic will arrive on dealership lots this summer.

Also this summer, the Honda Civic Tour will return for its 20th season. There will be two stops on the virtual tour that will be livestreamed on the Honda Stage YouTube channel. The first event will start at 5:00 p.m. PT, on April 28. The virtual concert event on Twitch will also give Civic Tour fans a special first look at the all-new 2022 Honda Civic Sedan around 6:00 p.m. PT, leading into the performance.

As previously announced, the all-new Civic Hatchback will follow Civic Sedan production by several months. Details about Civic Hatchback, to be manufactured by Honda in the United States for the first time in its history, will follow later this year. The Civic Hatchback will be built at the company's Indiana auto plant.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

Photo courtesy of Lexus

The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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