1 Jul 2000
By CHRIS HARRIS
HYUNDAI’S first forays into the people mover market contrasted wildly with its recently affiliated Kia cousin’s Carnival experiences.
The former was virtually forgotten while the unrelated latter’s spectacular success redefined value for money perceptions.
The Trajet was based on the EF Sonata platform, and used much of its front-wheel drive mechanical componentry as well as its independent suspension layout, for sedan-like dynamics.
Only one engine was offered, a 132kW/247Nm 2.7-litre DOHC 24V V6, mated to a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Equipment level in the base model GL included dual-zone air-conditioning, power windows and mirrors, a driver's airbag and central locking.
If you wanted more then the GLS added cruise control, six-speaker sound system with CD player, alloy wheels, keyless entry, front passenger airbag, anti-lock brakes (including rear disc brakes rather than drums) and roof rails.
Seating was set out in a 2-2-3 formation, with access via four car-type hinged doors and a one-piece vertical opening rear hatch.
Versatility and space were highlights, with a walk-through cabin and the centre row captain's chairs capable of sliding fore and aft, and folding and tumbling forward. All were also removable.
The 60/40 split-fold rear seat couldn't slide but did fold, tumble and come out. Naturally, all the seats lay flat so sleeping was an option - albeit not a preferred one.
From July 2004 a significantly upgraded Trajet jetted in.
A single specification model added anti-lock brakes with electronic brake-force distribution, a front passenger’s airbag, extra armrests and an MP3 CD audio to the standard price.
Stylistically look for a two-bar chromed grille, clear front indicators, revised tail-lights and new wheel and cabin trim.
The 2.7 V6 engine was also overhauled – it now delivered 131kW and 245Nm.