The Hyundai Trajet (Hangul: 현대 트라제 ; pronounced as tra-jay, derived from the French word, meaning "travel from one point to another"), ) is a seven seater multi-purpose vehicle that was manufactured by Hyundai Motor Company between 1999 and 2008. The series was launched in 1999, with the 2.0 GSI models and a choice of gasoline, diesel or LPG power, followed by the limited edition SE 2.7 V6 in 2001.

Hyundai Trajet
2003 Hyundai Trajet GSi TD 2.0 Front.jpg
ManufacturerHyundai Motor Company
Also calledHyundai Trajet XG (South Korea)
Hyundai Highway Van (The Netherlands)
Hyundai Trajet GL8 (Indonesia, 8-seater version)
2000–2008 (Europe)
AssemblyUlsan, South Korea
Bekasi, Indonesia (2001–2008)
Body and chassis
ClassLarge MPV
Body style5-door minivan
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformHyundai-Kia Y4
RelatedHyundai Sonata (EF)
Hyundai Santa Fe (SM)
Kia Optima/Magentis
Kia Carnival/Sedona
Engine2.0L Sirius I4 petrol
2.0L Beta I4 petrol
2.7L Delta V6 petrol
2.0L VM Motori CRDI I4 diesel
Transmission5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,830 mm (111.4 in)
Length4,695 mm (184.8 in)
Width1,840 mm (72.4 in)
Height1,760 mm (69.3 in)
PredecessorHyundai Santamo
SuccessorHyundai Entourage

Sales began in South Korea in April 1999, and the vehicle arrived to Europe in March 2000. The premiere for the United Kingdom was at the London Motorfair in October 1999.


Hyundai Trajet (rear)

The Trajet models have three rows of seats. A variety of seating configurations allows for extra luggage space, and the seats can be removed to accommodate larger items.

The front seats can rotate through 180 degrees to face the passengers at the back when the car is stationary, and the back seats can also be turned into tables, making a virtual office space or picnic area.

Hyundai stated that Hyundai Starex is not the Trajet's successor, because the Grand Starex is not a minivan.[citation needed] The Kia based Entourage is the closest thing to direct successor, but it is only available in a limited number of markets. The Trajet competed in the same market segment as Kia Carnival and Toyota Sienna.

Standard equipment for the 2.0 GSI and 2.0 CRTD GSI (diesel version) included driver, passenger and side airbags, ABS with EBD, power steering, seat belt pre tensioners, front and rear air conditioning, electric front and rear windows, stereo RDS radio/CD unit, double folding second and third row seats (second and third row seats are removable), and sliding outer seats on second row.

The Trajet price range for the market in the United Kingdom started at £15,495 for the 2.0 GSI manual, rising to £18,345 for the 2.0 CRTD SE Automatic. With around £2,400 worth of extra equipment for only £1,000 more than the cost of the 2.0 GSI, however, the Trajet SE came with a DVD player, privacy glass, SmartNav satellite navigation, and reversing sensors as standard.

It was available with gasoline or diesel engines, and manual or automatic transmissions, with prices starting at £16,495.

With the launch of the SE 2.7 V6, all previous Trajet models were upgraded. The gasoline 2.0 GSI benefited from the CVVT engine previously seen in the Coupe, increasing power from 133 to 139 bhp (99 to 104 kW), while CO2 emissions fell from 223 g/km to 208 g/km.

Fuel consumption was also improved — the combined figure (average consumption on town and highway driving) rose from 30.4 mpg to 32.5 mpg, imperial gallons (9.3 to 8.7 L/100 km).

All Trajets from this point forward featured a third three point seat belt in the rear, which meant all passengers had the protection of a full seat belt. Additionally, the car came with a full five year unlimited mileage warranty, which was transferable between owners. Production ended in the beginning of 2008.

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