The Korean giant’s next new SUV is the Hyundai Palisade. This new SUV has been recently shown at the L.A Auto Show. This will be the new flagship SUV from Hyundai. Hyundai is getting aggressive and wants to take its game further to more premium SUVs. The Hyundai Palisade is based on a monocoque chassis and will squarely compete with the Skoda Kodiaq. Yes, this will be a seven-seater SUV and like the Kodiaq will be front-wheel drive, with AWD option.
The Palisade SUV is based on the Fluidic 2.0 design language and takes a lot of styling cues from the new Santa Fe and Kona SUVs. It will be based on the same platform as the Kia Telluride, which means this is a large 8-seater. It will get sleek headlamps which will be full LEDs. The grille will be the signature Hyundai one and it will have large LED taillamps too. The look of the SUV will be more premium than other SUVs from Hyundai stables. The car has a very palatial feel and is aimed at wowing the American audiences who like big SUVs like this.
The interiors will also be contemporary. They will not be very different from the Santa Fe but will use more premium materials inside. It will also be feature loaded with Hyundai’s latest infotainment system, safety equipment, and driver interface. This will have loads of space inside. The second row and the third row will have immense space and this will be the USP of the Hyundai Palisade. The interior is family-friendly with the 3rd row getting electronic folding seats and standard one-touch 2nd-row seat with 3rd-row access. This could be just the right premium SUV for Hyundai to bring to India.
The Palisade comes all-new for 2020. Thus, it doesn’t suffer from any stale technology suite that has carried on for years. It gets a fully digital instrument cluster, in-car intercom, rear seat conversation, and sleep mode. The car gets smart collision avoidance assistance for the rear side and front. Rather, it receives one of the most advanced infotainment systems that Hyundai is capable of brewing up. It can integrate with your smartphone easily through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. If you have the Hyundai Blue Link app, you can operate most of the car’s functions such as climate control and engine ignition without opening the doors at all. The interaction with all systems occurs through an 8- or 10.3-inch touchscreen, depending on the trim level. Along with a smooth interface, the response speed is also brisk to not take the driver’s attention away from the road any longer than necessary. The driver-side dash can have a 12.0-inch digital display that shows all the relevant data like navigation and driving mode.
The Palisade is powered by 3.8-litre V6 petrol that churns out 295bhp and 355Nm of torque. This engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which can send power to either two wheels or to all-four wheels, depending on the specification. Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system comes with Normal, Sport, and Smart modes.