Hyundai Motor Takes the Wraps off Its Large Flagship SUV Palisade

Sunday, 02 Dec, 2018

Named after the neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, it will be Hyundai's new flagship SUV with eight-passenger capability, replacing Santa Fe XL and the Veracruz.

As for its size, the Palisade comes in larger than the outgoing Santa Fe XL and sits in the middle of its competitors-the Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Ford Explorer. At the rear, taillights are also vertically oriented. The drive can be front or full. The drag coefficient is 0.33, achieved by optimising the angle the a-pillars, the side facing the rear spoiler, and aerodynamic panels and deflectors.

The third row is large enough for a pair of adults (just), and access to the third row is by means of a simple one-touch system that moves the middle seats forward. Seats are finished in premium quilted Nappa leather. What's more, a conversation mirror allows the driver to clearly see passengers in the rear, and there's also a sophisticated Driver Talk in-car intercom system that allows the driver to communicate separately with passengers in the second or third row.

During an early look at the 2020 Palisade I was impressed with the interior quality and the amount of space inside the cabin in all rows. Captain's chairs can swap out in the second row and can be cooled in top trims.

It is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission "with a multi-plate torque converter and offers both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations". All three rows of seats feature multiple USB ports to keep everyone's devices fully charged, while there's also a Qi wireless charging mat for compatible devices.

Twin digital displays, for the instrument cluster and infotainment system, dominate the dashboard.

Like traveling soccer team fees, the Palisade will offer spend-up options that most families will consider. There are three driver-selectable modes - Sport, Comfort and Eco - which vary the torque split between the front and rear wheels.

AWD models get the newly-developed Snow Mode with special traction tuning for winter driving. The safe exit assist uses the Palisade's radar to detect cars approaching from the rear and alerts passengers looking to exit the vehicle.

There's a very American look about it, with plenty of straight lines and and bold elements such as the contrasting grille surround and stacked headlight design.

Plenty of driver assistance technologies are included as standard, too, with Hyundai's SmartSense suite featuring autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot assist, high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control with stop&go, rear cross-traffic avoidance, lane-following assist and driver attention monitoring all included across the range.