This is what the Hyundai Kinder school bus will look like.

The Korean concern took care of the little passengers by modifying the Staria minivan.

The stylish one-box Hyundai Staria is about to reach Russia, while in South Korea a whole galaxy of versions is available to order — from

The basis was an ordinary passenger minivan with an 11-seat passenger compartment with a landing formula of 3 + 3 + 2 + 3. However, even such Starias are modified: the seat belts are fixed differently and are adjusted for small (and light) schoolchildren, the area of the rear-view mirrors is increased, the side electric drive is required sliding doors, and for the convenience of boarding / disembarking, retractable footpegs a la Land Rover are provided.

And for elementary school students, Hyundai has developed special narrow chairs with a long cushion, integrated head restraints and height-adjustable seat belts. The interior of such a minibus is designed for 15 people according to the 3 + 4 + 4 + 4 scheme. The first row is the same as in ordinary Staria and is intended for the driver and accompanying persons, and the compartment for small passengers is highlighted with bright yellow seat upholstery. It is curious that the two rightmost armchairs are able to move longitudinally and fold, forming a passage, safety curtains are built into the headrest, and the seat belt is attached not to the sidewall, but to the adjacent sofa.

Other drivers will spot the school bus from afar by its canary yellow body paint and beams with red and yellow signal lights (duplicate brake lights when doors are opened). Engineers took care of the emergency door opener button, indication of all seat belts, curtain airbags, automatic braking systems, lane control and blind spot tracking are available by default, and seven airbags will protect the front passengers when they hit.

For now, Hyundai Staria Kinder buyers will be able to choose only the bi-fuel naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 Smartstream, which develops 272 horsepower and 331 Nm of torque on gasoline, and 240 horsepower and 314 Nm of thrust on propane. Front-wheel drive and 8-speed «automatic» have no alternative. In the future, the school bus can also be ordered with other «green» power plants, for example, hydrogen.

Staria Kinder is a product for the domestic market and Hyundai can count on government subsidies. Taking into account the benefits, for government institutions, school buses will cost about 20 million won (1.2 million rubles), but retail prices are higher — an 11-seat minivan will cost 34.78 million won (2.09 million rubles), and 15- local special version — 37.41 million won (2.25 million rubles).

Photos are taken from open sources.

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