All-New 2020 Hyundai Palisade Preview

Sheri Evans
December 2, 2018

At the motor show in Los Angeles presented the new Hyundai Palisade. At 196.1 inches, nose to tail, it adds another three inches outside - and even more in the cabin - while also gaining 2.4 inches in height and 3.6 inches in width, compared to the Santa Fe XL.

The third row features three seats rather than the two offered by the Sante Fe XL which the Palisade replaces.

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.

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Externally the auto is very much similar to Hyundai Santa Fe with the only difference that added another row of seats in the back.

The Palisade will be the biggest Hyundai crossover since the Veracruz was dropped in 2013.

The large 10.25-inch centre touchscreen and the 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster help declutter the centre console, though there are some well-designed switches for the permanent AWD system. Upper trim levels will come equipped with Nappa leather seating and other premium materials. The shift-by-wire system also includes automatic park logic that shifts the vehicle into park when the engine is off and the driver opens the door.

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The Palisade also features an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that evenly circulates air from the first to third rows.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade the new flagship premium three-row SUV from the South Korean carmaker has finally broken cover at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Additionally, there's a useful new system which allows drivers and passengers to communicate effectively called Driver Talk. The 2020 Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis and the company says that there's ample room in the second- and third-row along with good space for cargo too.

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. It is then linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and it sends power to all four wheels. A full-color head-up display is available, projecting helpful information about speed, cruise control status, navigation, speed limits, and audio data onto the windshield in front of the driver.

There's also a differential-locking function for "challenging traction situations".

Hyundai spoke with The Drive and informed us that the base configuration of the Palisade will be front-wheel drive and we can expect pricing closer to the summer release.

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