Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. (HARI), is making a big statement at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show with the 2019 Hyundai Palisade, which is the brand’s biggest vehicle yet. This also effectively makes it the Palisade’s ASEAN debut, as we are the first in the region to receive the Korean brand’s flagship SUV. It is indeed rightfully so, because SUVs are highly popular in the Philippine market.
Standing at 4,981 mm long, 1,976 mm wide, and 1,750 mm tall, the Palisade is Hyundai’s biggest vehicle offering. On the outside, the Hyundai Palisade features an upright cascading grille which is now a signature design trait for 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, with just the right curves to keep the Palisade’s design interesting in its own right.
The interior is roomy and plush, as this vehicle has been designed primarily for the North American market. Our Palisade gets a plush 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. A large, free-standing 10.25-inch TFT LCD touch screen infotainment system takes center stage, providing a host of features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The new Palisade also features a roof vent with a 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. For added practicality, the second-row seats provide one-touch operation for easy access, while the third-row seats can be folded electronically through buttons located at the trunk.
Under the hood of the Palisade is the brand’s tried and tested R-eVGT 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine, producing 200 hp and 442 Nm of torque. Power is sent through the brand’s HTRAC AWD system with multi-terrain control via an 8-speed automatic with a shift-by-wire button layout.
The Hyundai Palisade, like many other vehicles nowadays, also feature a plethora of active safety features, which include Blind Spot Warning with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot View Monitor, and a 360-degree Around View Monitor camera system. Apart from these features, it comes with the usual electronic stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, and nine airbags.
The Hyundai Palisade will go on sale shortly with a price of P3,248,000.