Since its debut last year, Hyundai Staria has managed to attract the attention of minivan enthusiasts with its spaceship-like design. Following the line of passenger, commercial, and school busses, Hyundai has launched the Lounge Camper in South Korea, a Staria-based camper van that could be a great competitor to the VW Transporter California and Mercedes-Benz V-Class Marco Polo lineup.
The Staria Lounge Camper is based on the highest equipment of the Staria series and comes with all the tech and luxury features you would expect from a modern high-end minivan. It visually distinguishes it from other models thanks to the aerodynamically optimized electric sunroof extension and side awning. Despite the extra extensions, it can fit in most garages thanks to its overall height of 2,095 mm.
The van is available in two variants with eleven seats (Camper 11) and four seats (Camper 4). In both cases, the rear seats fold flat to create a bed that can sleep two adults comfortably, while the sunroof creates an extra double bed for two.
On the left side of the eleven-seat version are a pretty cool kitchen and storage module. Here you will find a 36 liter (1.3 cubic feet) refrigerator, a sink for your dishes, a 70-liter (2.5-cubic-feet) water tank, and a 40-liter (1.4-cubic-foot) waste tank, a removable shower head, a foldable table and there are storage compartments for cutlery. Many of its features can be controlled via the foldable 12.1-inch touchscreen, while the curtains on all windows will ensure you have enough privacy.
Take a look at the exterior of the vehicle and you’ll find a retractable awning with integrated LEDs, an outdoor table that slides out from the tailgate, two folding chairs, a mosquito net for the rear door, and an external power source for your equipment.
Under the hood is the 2.2-liter CRDi turbo diesel engine producing 174 hp (130 kW / 177 PS) and 317 lb-ft (430 Nm) of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, with optional all-wheel drive available for those who want to go a little wilder on their camping holidays.
In South Korea, the Hyundai Staria Lounge Camper starts at $40,050 for the 11-seater and $55,520 for the four-seat version. We don’t know if Hyundai plans to export the trailer to other markets, but we would love to spend a weekend in nature with it. Click here if you want more information.