HYUNDAI will make a dramatic return to the UK panel van market.
In September it will launch its new Trafic-sized H1, in both van and minibus versions.
The H1 is the most European-looking panel van yet from an Asian manufacturer. It will offer a budget-priced alternative in the sector.
The Hyundai H1 is a big departure from the previous Hyundai panel van, which was a forward-control van with the engine under the driver’s seat. The new H1, known as the Starex in Korea, has the engine mounted in front of the cab, like modern European vans.
The Hyundai H1 will only come in one wheelbase length, and there will be no high-roof option. But it will have 110bhp and 130bhp 2.5-litre turbodiesel engines, plus – typically for the Korean marque – a five-year warranty as standard.
Interior features seem to have been benchmarked against European designs – H1 has a dashboard-mounted gearstick, twin sliding side doors and split rear doors for the van version, or tailgate (minibus).
The minibus will be highly specified, and targeted as a cheaper alternative to up-market large MPVs such as the Volkswagen Caravelle. Pricing and UK specifications are still being finalised and will be announced closer to the launch.
New Hyundai H1
- September launch for new H1
- Panel van and minibus versions
- Choice of 110bhp and 130bhp turbo diesels
- Five-year standard warranty