We may have become used to numerous local updates to the Hyundai Grand Starex over in Malaysia, but the fact of the matter is that globally, the humongous van/MPV has only seen one mild facelift since it was unveiled in 2007. Well, the Korean-market model has finally received a more comprehensive overhaul inside and out, bringing it up to date with the rest of the company’s lineup.

All models get a new front fascia that ditches the distinctive vertical headlights for horizontal trapezoidal items, flanking a version of the company’s Cascading Grille – way better than our Lexus-style front maw, don’t you think? The lower air intake has also been redesigned, while the bonnet is taller to provide greater pedestrian protection and a more stately look.

The new, more luxurious Urban model gains a number of additional upgrades, such as projector halogen headlights, a chrome grille, LED combination tail lights, 17-inch machined-finish alloy wheels, aero-blade wipers and revised suspension tuning for improved comfort.

Inside, the Urban also gains a redesigned “sedan” interior, with a horizontal dashboard design, a new four-spoke steering wheel and gearlever, automatic air-conditioning and a “floating” freestanding eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with navigation.

The nine-seater Urban, which joins the van and 11- and 12-seater Wagon models, is exempted from individual consumption tax levied on the other variants in Korea and can be operated with a standard driving licence. It is also allowed to travel at over 110 km/h, while still being able to use highway bus lanes with at least six people on board.

Other added features include hill-start assist, a locking differential and increased sound insulation for a more quiet ride. Passenger models also receive an updated 2.5 litre CRDi turbodiesel engine that is Euro 6-compliant, making 140 PS and 353 Nm of torque with a six-speed manual transmission, or 176 PS and 451 Nm with variable geometry turbocharging (VGT) and a five-speed automatic.