Hyundai adds new H-1 features

Hyundai’s H-1 Bus, Panel Van and Multicab have undergone a mid-cycle make-over that has added a number of features.

A new front grille and bumper design as well as new 16-inch alloy wheels are updated exterior features of the H-1 range, with a redesigned centre fascia and instrument cluster enhancing the interior. (The Panel Van will still be equipped with steel wheel rims.)

Several convenience and safety features have been added to H-1 2.5 Turbodiesel 9-seater Bus, including folding-type key, bluetooth connectivity for the sound system with multifunction controls on the steering wheel, cruise control with controls on the steering wheel, full automatic air conditioner with climate control, glove box cooling, side airbag, leather steering wheel and gear knob covers, electric folding mirror, ESP for the turbodiesel derivative, and jam protection and auto down function for the driver window.

The 9-seater H-1 9-Bus has long been one of the most popular vehicles in the Hyundai line-up, with commercial use for businesses that require a car for transporting a number of people in luxurious comfort and safety.

Stanley Anderson, marketing director of Hyundai Automotive South Africa, says, “The H-1 has been given quite an extension of its lifespan with the exterior enhancements and the addition of features inside. It is a good-looking vehicle that has not really aged since its launch six years ago – and now it has a few extra years that it can compete head on with the opposition.”

More than 10 943 H-1s have sold since its South African launch in 2009. It is available with a choice of a 2 359 cc petrol engine, delivering its 126 kW maximum power and 224 Nm maximum torque through a 5-speed manual gearbox to the rear wheels or 2 497 cc turbocharged diesel engine that delivers 125 kW maximum power and 441 Nm maximum torque.

The 2,5-litre turbodiesel, which has a few more luxury, safety and convenience features than the petrol derivative, uses a 5-speed automatic gearbox and is also driven through the rear wheels.

The 6-seater Multicab and Panel Van have also received a new grille and front bumper, while the Multicab also benefits from new design alloy wheels. Cruise control has also been added to both, along with a folding type key. The Multicab is equipped with bluetooth connectivity.

Pricing includes Hyundai’s 5-year/150 000 km warranty and roadside assistance plan, as well as a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.