Hyundai plans to launch the Palisade, named after the Pacific Palisades, an affluent and handsome neighborhood in southern California, in the United States market in the summer of 2019. Hyundai adds a new player to what was already a pretty full roster of SUVs, especially given that the manufacturer was already producing two variants of its Santa Fe model, one of them able to accommodate seven occupants.
The Palisade comes powered by an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-litre V6, dual CVVT, direct-injected engine which delivers 291 horsepower while there's 394 Nm of torque on offer.
Hyundai Motors announced Tuesday that its new flagship SUV model Palisade will debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show with BTS members as brand ambassadors. At the rear, taillights are also vertically oriented.
The Palisade also features an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that evenly circulates air from the first to third rows. Captain's chairs can swap out in the second row and can be cooled in top trims.
Inside, the driver is greeted with a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel and a fully digital 12.3-inch TFT instrument cluster.
2020 Hyundai Palisade: Shooting for a US Market Homerun With Three Rows and Premium Features
The most interesting thing here is that even though the Palisade (4980 mm) is shorter nearly all three-row midsize SUVs, cargo space exceeds those of the Explorer and Highlander, with 1296 litres of available room behind the second row of seats.
Palisade's premium feel continues inside the cabin. It is then linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and it sends power to all four wheels.
Available in both 7 and 8-seater configurations, the Palisade is offered with Hyundai's SmartSense suite of safety features as standard. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities are standard across the board, though the larger display gets Global Positioning System navigation with traffic flow updates. When equipped with the latter system, the Aviator offers several drive modes so the driver can adjust to the road conditions... or to their mood in the moment.
The three drive modes - Normal, Sport and Smart - are said to provide a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and have been tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- or high-speed cornering, and hill starts. A newly-developed Snow Mode is available too. A safe-exit assist feature uses the blind-spot warning system to lock the doors if another vehicle or, say, a bicyclist is about to pass. Safety features include forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, blind spot collision avoidance assist, lane following assist and rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist.