A hype campaign for what is perhaps the least desirable body style – the minivan – may seem unnecessary, but the Custo is no ordinary MPV. The seven-seater vehicle developed by the Beijing Hyundai joint venture shows off its interesting exterior design in teaser images posted by the automaker on its official Weibo social account.
Admittedly, these previews are a bit redundant given that the full exterior design made headlines in April when the minivan surfaced on the Department of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) website after it been officially approved for China. The best way to describe its design should be a Tucson minivan style, with sliding doors.
It adopts the intricate design of the compact crossover’s headlights as well as the rear light bar, although the taillights themselves have a different “C” shape than what you get on the Tucson. While it certainly won’t go down in history for the most beautiful vehicle ever made, the Custo looks quite interesting and brings a bit of spice to the minivan segment.
This isn’t the only Hyundai minivan that has caught our attention lately, because the larger Staria with its futuristic styling is a really interesting vehicle as well. The upcoming Custo is significantly smaller, measuring 4,950 millimeters (194.9 inches) long, 1,850 mm (72.9 inches) wide and 1,734 mm (68.2 inches) high.
Beyond size, technical specifications are limited at this point. However, the MIIT website revealed that Hyundai will offer the Custo in China with a 1.5-liter gasoline engine rated at 167 horsepower (125 kilowatts). We’re expecting a front-drive-only setup, as it’ll be an economy van without any fancy powertrains.
Finally, China is an interesting market for people carriers, as some car manufacturers have even launched luxury versions. The Buick GL8 Avenir and the Lexus LM are prime examples. With the Custo, Hyundai is aimed at low-income families or people who just don’t want to shell out up to $ 215,000 for a fully loaded LM, essentially a top-of-the-line Toyota Alphard with all the bells and whistles.