A 2016 update of Hyundai’s cavernous people-mover, the 12-seater Starex, has appeared on at a price of RM163,888, placing it above the base RM156,888 VGT Royale. First to catch your eyes will be the imposing grille – even more so than before – at the front of the MPV, which incorporates a revised front bumper, where chrome takes on a more prominent role.

Listed as the “latest facelift”, the model seen here can be expected to be largely the same vehicle as before. As for the powertrain, the same 2,497 cc CRDi diesel engine is listed in its specifications, with the same 170 PS peak output as before. Peak torque appears to have risen to 441 Nm here, up from 392 Nm from before; drive is sent to the wheels via a five-speed automatic.

Styling-wise, the Starex retains its unique side mirror-mounted LED daytime running lights, and along with its keeping with the trend for imposing front ends, the rear end has been updated as well, with revisions to the rear bumper with integrated exhaust outlets and tail lamps.

GALLERY: Hyundai Starex spyshots

GALLERY: Hyundai Grand Starex Royale