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GIIAS 2023: Hyundai flaunts the Stargazer X

Another SUV-inspired seven-seat MPV is introduced

The Hyundai Stargazer X is a meatier take on the popular MPV. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Here in Indonesia, the seven-seater MPV is considered king. The Hyundai Stargazer is one of those models, and it is also produced in this country.

This is why it makes sense for the Korean automaker to introduce a new variant of the nameplate—called the Stargazer X—at the 30th Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show for those who thought the regular model was tame.

The Stargazer X has a lot of SUV-inspired elements. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Just from the vehicle’s name alone, it’s already obvious that this is an SUV-inspired take on the Stargazer formula, much like the Mitsubishi Xpander Cross and the Suzuki XL7.

Naturally, there is a revised front bumper with a more aggressive grille and large silver front garnish. The rear bumper gains a heavy dose of plastic cladding and silver garnish, too. Finally added are non-load bearing roof rails, a rear spoiler, and flared-out wheel arches that house new 17-inch, two-tone alloy wheels.

Refinements and added features help sweeten the deal. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

The dashboard (unfortunately) gains a lot of piano-black plastic, but the plastic trim surrounding the instrument cluster has been reshaped to aid with visibility. The addition of an electronic parking brake and an eight-speaker Bose sound system also sweeten the deal.

In Indonesia, it is available either as a six- or seven-seater. PHOTOS BY SAM SURLA

Black synthetic leather upholstery with red stitching graces the six seats (two captain’s chairs in the middle), but it is also available as a seven-seater in Indonesia. It also gains LED interior lighting as an added bonus.

Majority of the mechanicals are carried over from the base model. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

This is still powered by the 1.5-liter four-cylinder Smartstream gasoline engine mated to a CVT, sending 113hp and 143.8Nm to the front wheels. It also has the Hyundai SmartSense safety suite, and the added Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Warning, and High Beam Assist.

Do you want Hyundai Motor Philippines to bring it in? PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

Currently, Hyundai Motor Philippines has no comment on whether it will introduce this car to our market, but since we source the Stargazer from Indonesia, we won’t be surprised if the brand decides to bring it in.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.