When the Starex was first introduced back in 1997, the multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) fulfilled the role of an everyday workhorse, carrying both people and goods comfortably and conveniently. The Starex was among the first to offer great performance and superior comfort, making it an instant hit for the Filipino family. Dads use it as a personal car for business, Moms take the kids to school with it, and the whole gang of friends have made it their barkada ride in quick out-of-town trips over the weekend.
A RIGHT-SIZED MPV
As the needs of the Filipino family grew, so did the Starex. To better adapt to the ever-changing lifestyle of users, the Starex had evolved into the Grand Starex with a platform designed and engineered at the Hyundai’s Rüsselsheim Design Center in Germany. This new platform offered better comfort, more stability, and a more robust suspension than its predecessor, transforming a good family vehicle into a superior MPV.
The CRDI engine in the Starex had since evolved from a 145hp to the more powerful 175hp Euro-6 engine (with a tremendous torque of 46kg-m) in the Grand Starex. It leads every other MPV in terms of technological innovations, and even in today’s market, the Grand Starex still remains a leader in engine technology, having one of the quietest, smoothest, cleanest, most powerful, and most fuel-efficient diesel engines in the Philippines.
“People just won’t believe that the Grand Starex has a more comfortable ride than its German or Japanese rivals, that its Euro 6 engine is more powerful, smoother, and quieter than all its rivals, until they take it for a drive, and then they are amazed,” shares Hancars, Inc. sales manager Michael Manzana.
EVOLUTION COMPLETE: THE GRAND STAREX ELITE
Even as the Grand Starex enjoyed considereable susperiority over its rivals in the MPV segment, the Starex suspension was further improved in their 2020 introduction of the Exclusive and the Elite, both sporting totally new offerings and design aesthetics. The top-of-the-line VIP Grand Starex now offers more high-tech features and luxurious interiors than its MPV rivals.
The Grand Starex Elite is powered by cutting-edge technology that combines facets of modern day comforts with a stylish, luxurious feel. The new interior that sports a modern and handsome dashboard — eight-inch Smart Multimedia center with built-in Waze, Spotify, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Messaging, Texting, Google Search and Hands-free Calling all via Voice Command. Cool additions include Power Sliding Doors (PSD), Power Tailgate (PTG), Automatic Stepboard (ASB), Head-Up Display (HUD), Automatic Ceiling TV Monitor, Dual Dashcam Full LCD Rearview Mirror and Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) —features exclusively available in Hancars’ Grand Starex and not found anywhere else.
THE VIP: ABSOLUTE LUXURY
The top-of-the-line VIP Grand Starex is equipped with all-power VIP seats that offers electric recliner, slider and footrest, all wrapped in supple leather, complemented with massage and heat when you need them. Personal Android Tablets for work and play, and a GPS Anti-theft system that tells you the location of your car anytime, and let you control it from anywhere in the world. Space Age technology… you bet.
The new Grand Starex Elite and VIP are the most feature-packed MPV in the market today. The Grand Starex Elite, Elite S and the VIP are exclusively available from Hancars only. For more information on the Grand Starex Elite, call 8371-3000 to 02 or 0917-595-1276.