The Hyundai H1 is a mid-size van, first introduced on the European market in 1997. The newer version, totally remade, has been available since 2008.
Similar, size-wise, to vans like the Scudo or Vito, it is different to the European van models in that it only comes with rear-wheel drive, useful for those who regularly load heavy cargo. It also means that the loading floor is slightly higher off the ground compared to vehicles in the same class.
Over the years, the Syncro group has upfitted numerous Hyundai H1s for clients with a range of different working van needs, covering a total of five different continents.
On this page, we see an interesting example of a mobile workshop installed on the Hyundai H1 2008 L1 with double side doors.
Our client needed ample space to load heavy machinery. This asymmetric upfit (much narrower on the right-hand side), allowed the Syncro technicians to leave nearly a meter of free space in the center of the loading floor for accommodating large bulky cargo.
The base of the upfit consists of a 12 mm resin-coated plywood floor panel, complete with anti-slip steel borders along the edges where the van doors open, as well as recessed steel anchorage points for tying down cargo.
The floor panel not only creates a strong base for the racking units, but also protects and greatly reinforces the original van floor.
Let's take a look at the racking units, starting on the left-hand side:
At the base we installed two wheel arch frames. The one covering the wheel base with forward-tilting base board (creating valuable storage), while the other (placed along the left side door) is complete with a storage system for portable organizers and cases.
Above the wheel arch bases, we installed four shelves: a shorter one near the back doors and a longer shelving unit with three shelves, stretching along the length of the cargo area. All shelves come with rubber mats and dividers. Towards the bulkhead, we mounted a drawer unit with four steel drawers with telescoping guides, and also complete with rubber mats and dividers. Above the drawer unit we placed a shelf with raised sides. Both the drawer unit and shelf have been mounted facing outwards for practical accessibility from the outside of the side door.
Switching to the right-hand side, we mounted a wheel arch frame with door panel, creating practical storage space around the wheel arch. Above that are three metal drawer units with forward-tilting clear plastic drawers. These drawer units are one of the flagships of the Syncro group. Their durable see-through plastic allows the user to quickly check contents without opening them. They are made of specialized plastic materials, making them extra resistant and extremely durable. They all come with a patented automatic locking system so you can be sure your stuff stays put.
In total, there are 16 forward-tilting drawers: 8 small and 8 large with dividers, allowing the storage of up to 24 different parts and fittings. Even so, the whole unit extends out only 16 cm from the van side.
To add to the functionality of this Hyundai upfit, the owner chose several Syncro accessories.
Because of the need to load heavy equipment, a pair of lightweight and competitively priced aluminum folding ramps were added. When not in use, the ramps are stored along the bulkhead using the new Syncro patented FERMATUTTO van clamps. For extra protection of the floor panel under the stored ramps, we installed a rectangular section of checquered-plate aluminum.
The extension ladder is held securely tied down, with the strap and clasp system and another strap was added for secure transport of a wide range of items.
The wheel base arch frame on the left-hand side contains the secure case storage system with sliding locking arm and strap.
On the left we also find a practical silicone tube holder and a first aid kit.
Last but certainly not least is the van lighting: a bright 11 Watt LED ceiling light.