hyundai's futuristic-looking staria was begging for the camper treatment, and the company has finally indulged adventurers by building a factory pop-top version of the korea-market van. it's called the staria lounge camper and will be offered with up to eleven-passenger capacity and a variety of modifications.
the most obvious change is the electrically operated pop-top roof, which creates space for a two-person mattress—included with the camper version—to fit up there. there's also an extendable awning with built-in led lights. the seats inside the cabin can also lay flat to provide more sleeping space. a water tank is included for the sink, and there's a built-in refrigerator that runs off an external power supply.
the staria lounge camper is only offered with either white or black exterior paint, but the interior is available in either black or brown. hyundai hasn't said which engines the camper version will offer, but the standard staria has either a 3.5-liter gasoline v-6 or a 2.2-liter turbodiesel four-cylinder.
we're not expecting to see the staria make its way to the u.s. in any form, sadly. but the camper version will be sold in korea starting at around $40,000, with loaded versions costing around $55,000. apart from the mercedes weekender that's currently offered here, american outdoors enthusiasts' best hope for a futuristic-looking factory camper van is the vw id.buzz, which may eventually be offered on our shores with a pop top.