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Earlier in the week, it was spotted in an ad, and now, Hyundai Sime Darby Malaysia has announced the introduction of the facelifted Hyundai Grand Starex Royale, introduced as a 2017 model year version.

In other markets, the Starex has been unchanged since its introduction in 2007, so this represents the first time it has been updated. However, the 2017 refresh is actually the fourth for the second-gen TQ, from a local perspective at least – previous updates available locally for the massive people mover came about in 2009, 2011 and 2014.

The latest rework brings about a new face, led by a new – and unmissable – grille, with no shortage of chrome. As a result of the massive grille, the front bumper has also been redesigned, and changes have come about with the front fog light array as well.

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New aerodynamic cladding finds its way on to the sides, while the rear features new tail lamps, the addition of gloss back contrast panelling and a revised rear bumper, with new integrated exhaust outlets.

No mechanical changes for this round, the 2.5 litre CRDi diesel engine with VGT continuing on as before, with 170 PS at 3,600 rpm and 392 Nm from 2,000 to 2,500 rpm. The oil burner is paired with a five-speed auto transmission.

Exterior colours available for the MPV include Creamy White, Timeless Black and Hyper Silver. The Grand Starex Royale Deluxe 2.5GLS is priced at RM168,888 (on-the-road, with insurance), and comes with a five-year or 300,000 km extended warranty. It will be available for viewing at all Hyundai showrooms nationwide from December.