Hyundai H1 Face 2

The enormous 11-seater Hyundai Grand Starex (known as the H-1 or i800 in other markets) has been around for just about eight years now, and it’s finally getting a facelift soon – these pictures from our European spies show the van about to be put through its paces.

Judging by the heavy camouflage front and rear, the Starex looks set to receive a comprehensive refresh on either end, although from what we can see, it appears that it will at least retain its bulbous head- and tail lights. What we can see has been changed is a larger grille (slats instead of honeycomb mesh with chrome bar) as well as a slightly reprofiled lower air intake.

Hyundai H1 Face 9

Also to be expected are some minor changes to the interior trim and switchgear as well as tweaks to the current range of powertrains, including a 2.4 litre Theta II petrol engine as well as a 2.5 litre CRDi turbodiesel (with VGT in our market).

It has to be noted that in other markets, the Starex has been unchanged since its introduction in 2007; the three Royale “facelifts” that we have received – in 2009, 2011 and 2014 – all appear to have been limited to our market.