The history of release of minibuses and vans Hyundai concern originates in 1987. The concern released some models, and in 1996 the first minibus Hyundai Starex was released. For a foreign market it had the name H-1. This model was popular and successful, China even bought the license for its production. In the different countries and on different continents of Hyundai Starex was and remains Hyundai i800, for Hyundai iLoad and Hyundai iMax is known as Hyundai H-1 and Hyundai SATTELITE.
At Hyundai Starex of the first generation, the body was based on two options of wheel bases - short or long. Were issued to 7, 9 and 12-seater (including a place of the driver) passenger options, and also the 3rd and 6-seater cargo vans. Cargo options were issued as with a full or partial glazing of a luggage compartment, and in the completely closed.
The salon interior, depending on quantity of places for passengers, assumed two or three rows of seats with comfortable chairs. Seats of the second row, in many complete sets for domestic market of Korea, except opportunity to shift them forward and back, it is possible to develop and fix in any direction with a step of 90 degrees. The driver's place has ergonomics and comfort comparable with the classical car. Expensive complete sets provided an electric package, climate control, electric hatches, electric adjustment of mirrors.
After the first four years of production, in the 2000th year, the model underwent the first restyling. Modernizations underwent both appearance, and power units. All this positively affected the further growth of popularity and minibus sales volumes.
The back suspension bracket of the first generation of minibuses was two types: spring and spring. Lobby - independent, on double cross levers, with the stabilizer of cross stability. The back stabilizer could be installed as an option. Steering – rack type with the hydraulic booster. On HYUNDAI STAREX the following engines were installed:
2.5 l CRDI (diesel) - 145 h.p.
2.5 l TD (diesel) - 103 h.p.
2.5л TD (diesel) - 80 h.p.
2.6 l (diesel) - 65 h.p.
2.4 i (gasoline) — 135 h.p.
2,4i (gasoline) — 112 h.p.
Transmission of HYUNDAI STAREX of the first generation was 5-step stick shift or 4-step automatic shift. Except the version with the back drive, the version 4WD, which type of connection - "PART TIME 4WD" was issued, it means the forward bridge was connected by the button from salon rigidly. On some copies on the back bridge the being blocked differential (LSD) was established. As a rule, the LSD bridge was present only by cars from domestic market of Korea.