SUVs are truly all the rage these days, and this couldn’t be further true when Hyundai is now creating an SUV that rivals the big boys from Detroit, namely, the Ford Expedition and Chevrolet Tahoe. Say hello to the all-new Hyundai Palisade, which has recently been unveiled at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Standing at 4,981 mm long, 1,976 mm wide, and 1,750 mm tall, the Palisade is Hyundai’s biggest vehicle offering. It is only trumped by the Equus full-size luxury sedan in terms of length, but in other respects the Palisade is definitely Hyundai’s big boy. On the outside, the Hyundai Palisade features an upright grille that has now become a staple in the brand’s SUV line-up. This is flanked by the upper half of the LED daytime running lights, while the actual headlights are located below it. The LED daytime running light then continues all the way down the headlight cluster. At the back, the tail light clusters mimic the LED daytime running lights up front. The overall silhouette is boxy and upright, which is similar to the design theme of the recently-launched Hyundai Santa Fe.
Step inside, and you will be greeted by a rather roomy and plush interior. High trim models provide a luxurious atmosphere provided by the quilted Nappa leather interior and wrap-around woodgrain interior trim. There’s also a plethora of satin silver trimmings all around the interior, which creates a premium ambience. Additionally, a free standing 10.25-inch TFT LCD touch screen infotainment system takes center stage, while a 12.3-inch TFT LCD fully digital gauge cluster replaces the traditional gauges. The new Palisade also features a roof vent diffuser design that can provide a “focused, partially-diffused, or fully-diffused stream of air to passengers” so that the operation of the blower is much quieter than the usual rear air vent design. Meanwhile, the second row seats provide one touch operation for easy access, while the third row can be folded electronically through buttons located at the trunk. A two-piece panoramic sunroof provides plenty of light to all occupants of the vehicle. Lastly, the Palisade also has a Driver Talk in-car communication system, which means that through a microphone, the driver can talk much more clearly separately to the second or third row occupants through the speakers.
Under the hood of the Palisade is an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6 direct-injected petrol engine with dual CVVT. It produces 291 hp and 355 Nm of torque, sent through Hyundai’s HTRAC four-wheel drive system via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Like most modern cars nowadays, the Palisade is fitted with a multitude of driver assist and convenience systems under the Hyundai SmartSense suite of safety technologies, which comes as standard on all variants. As usual, automatic emergency braking is one of them, but Hyundai introduces a set of enhanced safety features that include Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, which both function like your regular blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert, but with the addition of steering or braking assist to avoid hitting the car beside or behind you. This comes on top of Driver Attention Warning, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Lane Follow Assist, and Safe Exit Assist, which uses the same technology as blind spot warning, but is a feature to prevent the doors from being opened when the vehicle senses that there is an oncoming car at the door being opened.
The Hyundai Palisade will go on sale across the U.S. starting at the summer of 2019.