Next-gen Hyundai H1 could spawn the first Hyundai MPV EV [Update]

Multiple new spy shots of the 2021 Hyundai H1 have surfaced online revealing some key elements of the all-new Hyundai H1 interior. They indicate that there will be at least two types of instrument clusters (fully digital and semi-digital), a uniquely designed steering wheel lifted from the Sonata DN8, a full-width front AC vent on the dashboard, and a large storage area between the steering wheel and the instrument cluster. Head over to autospy.net to see spy shots.

Last month, rendering artist 갓차 on youtube.com presented the 2021 Hyundai H1 (2021 Hyundai Starex). The Korean illustrator’s depiction of the upcoming MPV, which will likely have an EV variant, looks really close to what we have seen in spy pictures.

Video Source: youtube.com/갓차

The next-gen Hyundai H1 (next-gen Hyundai Starex) arriving in 2021 could spawn the first-ever Hyundai electric van. Hyundai has confirmed that a pure electric Hyundai MPV in its LCV range is in the pipeline for 2022, and there are good chances of it being a next-gen Hyundai H1 EV though the company has not given a model confirmation.

The commercial EV market holds a massive potential, especially in Hyundai’s high-value markets like Europe and the U.S. Rival companies Renault, Peugeot and Nissan already sell electric vans, while Ford announced the E-Transit electric van just last month. Hyundai apparently hopes to catch-up with its next-gen H1, which it is currently testing in South Korea.

With the next full model change, the Hyundai H1 will enter its third generation and switch to a much less utilitarian design. A more curvaceous silhouette would make it aerodynamic and car-like. Hyundai is likely to use its signature Composite Light multi-segment or split headlamp setup of its SUVs also on the upcoming van. A gif image posted on AutoSpy.net last month had revealed that there are “dynamic” LED indicators at the rear of the MPV.

Expect the interior to have similarities with the latest Hyundai cars, such as a fully digital supervision instrument cluster, an advanced infotainment system with Apple CarPlay & Android Auto, BlueLink connected vehicle feature as part of the Hyundai’s SmartSense packet, wireless smartphone charger, Smart Key, more storage spaces and charging outlets, etc. After all, the range will include many passenger variants.

The upscale design and tech-laden cabin of the next-gen Hyundai H1 would augur well with an electric powertrain, as those are the basic expectations from EVs. It’s too early to talk about the specifications, but Hyundai would need to obviously package the biggest of its battery packs and a punchy motor in the H1 EV so that the range and performance are competitive.

Hyundai MPV EV BEV strategy
Hyundai has confirmed that it plans to launch an MPV EV in the LCV segment. The closest to a Hyundai ‘van’ to emerge by 2022 would be the H1/Starex. Hyundai-funded startups Canoo & Arrival are also developing electric vans. Image Source: Hyundai

The 2021 Hyundai H1 could break cover in the middle of this year, and the first-ever Hyundai electric MPV may follow next year. The all-electric variant would help Hyundai to significantly boost the H1’s sales in European countries, where there are attractive perks available to customers for commercial EVs.

An older version of the Hyundai H1/Starex was imported to India for Korean managers and is spotted regularly in Chennai.