Hyundai's flagship SUV is also its most technologically advanced model to date.

UPDATE: Live photos of the Palisade from the Los Angeles Auto Show are now in the gallery below.

The new Santa Fe launched earlier this year is bigger than its predecessor, but Hyundai knows there are families looking for something even larger. Enter Palisade. The new midsize SUV is not only larger than the regular Santa Fe, but also bigger in every way than the Santa Fe XL. It’s 196.1 inches long, 77.8 inches wide, and 68.9 inches tall, with a generous wheelbase stretching at a Nissan Pathfinder-matching 114.2 inches or a full four inches more than that of the aforementioned Santa Fe XL.

When it comes to styling, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it’s safe to say there’s nothing quite like the Palisade in this segment. Heavily related to Kia’s new Telluride, Hyundai’s flagship SUV gets a bold front fascia design in many ways similar to the Santa Fe’s by adopting a large and imposing cascading grille flanked by two-tier headlights.

2020 Hyundai Palisade
2020 Hyundai Palisade

The sheer size of the vehicle is more evident when you look at the side profile, specifically the length of the rear doors and the generous greenhouse. Those massive wheel arches can accommodate 20-inch wheels to give the Palisade a powerful presence. Although it’s a large and tall vehicle, Hyundai’s range-topping SUV has an impressive drag coefficient of just 0.33 thanks to several aerodynamic tweaks such as rear wheel aero deflectors and underside panels. At the rear, a pair of sweptback LED taillights provides a clear visual distinction from the Santa Fe, as does the model’s name generously featured on the tailgate with big characters.

Inside, the ample cabin can seat up to eight people on three rows, with the second one featuring ventilated captain’s chairs while the rearmost seats recline and feature power-folding/unfolding. Perfect for big families, the Palisade has a total of seven USB outlets, 16 (!) cupholders, and all the technology Hyundai has at the moment. There’s wireless charging, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display, and the possibility to hook up two devices through Bluetooth at the same time – one for mobile phone connection and the other for audio streaming.

We’re barely scratching the surface here as Hyundai has crammed a lot of tech into its biggest SUV: shift-by-wire controls on the center console, head-up display, intercom system, adaptive cruise control, and much more. The company refers to its roof vent diffuser design as an “industry-first,” mentioning it provides a quieter and more uniform airflow coming from the rear air conditioning while giving passengers the freedom to pick from focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air.

In regards to the oily bits, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 producing an estimated 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet (355 Newton-meters) of torque. The engine is hooked up to an eight-speed automatic transmission and will be offered with both two- and four-wheel-drive setups. Hyundai’s proprietary HTRAC all-paw system comes with the usual driver-selectable Normal, Sport, and Smart modes, plus a newly developed Snow mode for slippery conditions.

After its big debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Korean-built Palisade will go on sale in the United States in the summer of 2019.

Source: Hyundai

Live Photo Credit: Andrew T. Maness / @TheRoadLessDriven / Motor1.com

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All-New 2020 Hyundai Palisade Mid-size SUV Makes its Global Debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show

  • All-New 2020 Hyundai Palisade Flagship SUV Brings Exceptional Comfort, Technology and Safety in a Bold Midsize SUV
  • Palisade offers seating for up to eight and commodious cargo space with convenient features like power third-row seats and One-Touch second-row seats for ease of use
  • As Hyundai’s flagship SUV, Palisade offers a host of technology features ideal for family road trips including a 10-inch navigation display, wireless charging, seven USB outlets, second-row ventilated seats, shift-by-wire and innovative roof-based diffuser vents
  • Hyundai SmartSense technology comes standard on every Palisade

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 28, 2018 – Hyundai today introduced its new flagship premium three-row Palisade SUV to global media at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2020 Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis with exceptional second- and third-row roominess coupled with generous cargo area and reconfiguration flexibility. The Palisade will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will be available at dealerships across the U.S. in the summer of 2019.

“The new 2020 Hyundai Palisade clearly evokes design imagery worthy of Hyundai’s flagship SUV, with new levels of all-road, all-weather capability, technology, safety, roominess and efficiency, all packaged in cutting-edge design,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “This new Hyundai SUV is the ultimate family vehicle for practical, comfortable daily use and memory-making road trips whenever the appeal of the open road should beckon.”

FLAGSHIP SUV DESIGN

“Hyundai Palisade’s exterior and interior design clearly reflect its unique flagship identity with a premium, distinctive and bold road presence,” said SangYup Lee, head of Hyundai’s Design Center. “As the lead for Palisade design, it was a pleasure to work with our global design teams throughout its development and ultimately present this phenomenal product before you today.”

Palisade’s styling conveys dignity with style in an understated theme that demonstrates clear differentiation worthy of a flagship SUV. From the front, a dominant, bold and wide cascading grille clearly represents a premium SUV. Separated composite headlamps and a vertically-connected forward lighting signature create a strong and distinctive front demeanor, with available LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED turn-signal mirrors. A powerful, extended hood profile creates an impressive road presence, while bold C-pillars and a panoramic glass side graphic convey generous third-row spaciousness. Full volume over-fenders and body sides offer muscular detailing. The rear view emphasizes a wide and stable stance via sinuous detailing and a vertical LED rear taillamp design. Panoramic rear glass coupled with a cutaway roof provides a generous sense of spaciousness to passengers. Available oversized 20-inch alloy wheels further fill out the Palisade flagship presence.

This design has aerodynamic benefits as well, with a 0.33 coefficient of drag (Cd). Palisade achieves this low drag coefficient with specific design cues that include a fast A-pillar angle, a rear spoiler side garnish, an optimized front cooling area with an extended internal air guide, aero underside panels, and rear wheel aero deflectors.

INTUITIVE UTILITY

The interior design combines a sense of relaxation and comfort creating a serene environment with eight-passenger seating standard for family adventures. Leather-equipped models offer a premium, quilted Nappa leather, while on the instrument panel, smooth woodgrain trim in a wraparound interior design create a spacious, comfortable ambience. The One-Touch second row seat allows for one-touch operation of the seat forward and out of the way for easy access into and out of the third-row seat. For more convenience, the third row offers power-folding/unfolding and reclining seats. Second-row captain’s chairs are also available with ventilated seating surfaces. Every Palisade seating row offers USB outlets for convenience for all passengers, for a total of seven available USB outlets. Even more, a conversation mirror allows the driver to clearly see passengers in the rear.

Palisade also offers a class-exclusive Blind View Monitor that complements the standard Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, which provides easy-to-see body-side views whenever the turn signal is activated. The audio and navigation display is a generous 10.25 inch touchscreen in widescreen format, coupled with a 12.3-inch fully-digital TFT center instrument cluster offering various view modes and differentiated drive mode illumination. Two Bluetooth® devices can be connected simultaneously, with one for a mobile phone connection and the other for audio streaming. The single IP gauge cluster integrated with navigation offers exceptional legibility and ease of use, coupled with an available head-up display feature. Center console innovations such as shift-by-wire controls free up valuable control space for the features drivers use most. 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. Palisade’s center console bridge design also frees up convenient storage space underneath the center console control area with convenient driver and passenger access. The interior features seven available USB outlets, including front-seatback-based USB outlets for the second row occupants and mini-pockets for digital devices of all kinds. A generous 16 cupholders means there’s always a place to stow a beverage at any seating position. Seatbelt connection notification to the driver is active in every seating position.

Palisade also features an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that can provide a focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers. This new diffuser vent design provides quieter rear air conditioning airflow, draft-free operation, more uniform distribution of air and the capability for a focused stream of air whenever desired.

Palisade offers abundant technology, including Hyundai’s latest navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™. To eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices as well as recent Apple iPhones. When it comes to audio technology, the available premium sound system is well-suited to the Palisade’s upscale interior. The audio system features Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic™ Surround Sound technology. Clari–Fi works in real-time to rebuild audio details lost in digitally-compressed music, while QuantumLogic™ extracts signals from the original recording and redistributes them into an authentic, multidimensional soundstage for playback that is clear, refined and full of detail. The result is a more robust and enjoyable on-road listening experience.

HEADS-UP DISPLAY          

Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, Palisade’s available Heads-Up Display (HUD) projects a virtual image onto the windshield, helping the driver to better keep his or her eyes on the road. The feature uses a system of mirrors combined with a full-color TFT LCD display and features adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, speed limits, Lane Following Assist and audio system data is projected at an ideal virtual distance for maximum legibility.

Palisade also offers a sophisticated Driver Talk in-car intercom system with rear seat conversation and sleep modes. This system allows the driver to communicate separately with the second and/or third rows of the vehicle via the Palisade audio system in a conversation mode. The system also includes a Rear Sleep Mode that allows the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without that same audio being transmitted to the second- and third-row audio speakers, so that potentially sleeping passengers will not be disturbed.

Palisade design seeks a very high perception of openness and exceptional visibility with a large, fixed-glass rear sunroof opening, wide rear seating rows and a generous, reconfigurable rear cargo area. All rear access areas have been ergonomically designed for ease of family access, with an available power rear-folding, unfolding and reclining third-row seatback. Palisade is larger in every exterior dimension than Santa Fe XL and Toyota Highlander.

Exterior Dimensions Comparison

 

2020 Hyundai
Palisade

2019

Hyundai
Santa Fe XL

2019

Toyota
Highlander

2019

Honda
Pilot

2019

Nissan
Pathfinder

2019

Ford
Explorer

Length (in.)

196.1

193.1

192.5

196.5

198.5

198.7

Width (in.)

77.8

74.2

75.8

78.6

77.3

78.9

Height (in.)

68.9

66.5

68.1

70.6

69.5

70.0

Wheelbase (in.)

114.2

110.2

109.8

111.0

114.2

112.8

 

On the inside, Palisade has more interior first and second row legroom than Pilot, Pathfinder, and Explorer. It also has more cargo room behind the third row than Highlander, Pilot and Pathfinder.

Interior Roominess Comparison

 

2020

Hyundai
Palisade

2019

Hyundai
Santa Fe XL

2019

Toyota
Highlander

2019

Honda
Pilot

2019

Nissan
Pathfinder

2019

Ford
Explorer

Headroom (in.)

1st   40.7
2nd   40.1
3rd   37.2

39.9
39.4
35.7

40.7
39.9
35.9

40.1
40.2
38.9

42.2
39.4
37.8

41.4
40.6
37.8

Legroom (in.)

1st   44.1
2nd   42.4
3rd   31.4

41.3
40.4
30.9

44.2
38.4
27.7

40.9
38.4
31.9

42.3
41.7
30.7

42.9
39.5
33.3

Cargo room (cu. ft.)
behind 2nd row
behind 3rd row


45.8
18.0


40.9
13.5


42.3
13.8


46.8
16.5


47.4
16.2


43.9
21.0

 

POWERTRAIN

Palisade power comes from an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6, dual CVVT, direct-injected engine, for excellent power and efficiency. This 3.8-liter powerplant produces an estimated 291 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and an estimated 262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. Palisade offers more standard horsepower than any other SUV in its competitive set and an unsurpassed level of torque. Palisade delivers that power to the wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission with a multi-plate torque converter and offers both two-wheel and HTRAC® four-wheel-drive configurations, with a final drive ratio of 3.648 for confident acceleration. Special efforts were made to reduce Palisade NVH, with generous under-hood insulation, special sound-deadening carpets and powertrain tuning that delivers a smooth, linear response. In addition, Palisade offers drivers the ability to start the vehicle via remote key fob or via the Blue Link app.


Standard Powertrain Comparison

 

2020

Hyundai
Palisade

2019

Hyundai
Santa Fe XL

2019

Toyota
Highlander

2019

Honda
Pilot

2019

Nissan
Pathfinder

2019

Ford
Explorer

Displacement (L)

3.8 V6

3.3 V6

2.7 I-4

3.5 V6

3.5 V6

3.5 V6

Horsepower (estimated)

291 @ 6,000

290 @ 6400

185 @ 5800

280 @ 6000

284 @ 6400

290 @ 6500

Torque (lb.-ft.)

(estimated)

262 @ 5,000

252 @ 5200

184 @ 4200

262 @ 4700

259 @ 4800

255 @ 4000

Transmission

8 AT

6 AT

6 AT

6 AT

CVT

6 AT

 

SUSPENSION GEOMETRY AND TUNING

Front and rear suspension width was maximized on Palisade, for enhanced roll stiffness and stability. Tires are a generous 245/60R18 standard or an optional 245/50R20 size for stability, style and smooth ride comfort. Palisade front steering knuckles and rear carriers are made of aluminum, while front lower arms have been optimized and lightened via a new engineering design, resulting in reduced unsprung weight and improved responsiveness.

Palisade also achieves best-in-class body torsional rigidity through a variety of methods, including a multiple ring-shaped structure and hot-stamped door-ring parts that provide greater strength and rigidity. In addition, its torsional rigidity, when equipped with a sunroof, is nearly identical to versions without a sunroof.

HTRAC® WITH SNOW MODE

The Palisade offers Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system. The HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- or high-speed cornering, and hill starts

Palisade also offers a newly-developed Snow Mode on its advanced HTRAC® AWD system, with special traction tuning for snow, optimizing available traction and driver control in adverse conditions. The Drive Mode System’s Snow Mode adjusts front and rear torque distribution, left and right wheel slip control, engine torque and shift patterns according to available traction levels. In addition, Palisade’s AWD HTRAC system includes an AWD locking differential function for challenging traction situations.

SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

Palisade offers a number of advanced safety technologies standard, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

STANDARD HYUNDAI SMARTSENSE

Category

Feature

Name

Application

Driving Safety

Forward Collision

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) w/ Pedestrian Detection

STD

Blind Spot

Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)

STD

Lane Guidance

Lane Following Assist (LFA)

STD

High Beam

High Beam Assist (HBA)

STD

Driver Attention

Driver Attention Warning (DAW)

STD

Safe Exit

Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

STD

Driving Convenience

Smart Cruise

Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go (SCC)

STD

Parking Safety

Rear Cross Traffic

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)

STD

 

 

Hyundai’s standard Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) enhances driver awareness to the rear of the Palisade. Using the Blind Spot Detection system’s radar sensors when backing up, the system can not only warn the driver if vehicles approach from the rear side, it also applies the brakes automatically.

Available safety features include Rear Occupant Alert (ROA). The system monitors the rear seats using an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets. The system first reminds drivers to check the rear seats when exiting the vehicle with a message on the center instrument cluster display. If the system detects movement in the rear seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors it will honk the horn and send a Blue Link alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system. The system is designed to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.

The Palisade also features a standard Safe Exit Assist system. To enhance the safety of Hyundai’s passengers, Safe Exit Assist uses radar to detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers looking to exit the vehicle. If a passenger attempts to open the door when a car is approaching from behind, a visual and acoustic warning on the center cluster will alert the driver. In addition, if the driver attempts to deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock feature, Safe Exit Assist will override the driver and ensure the rear doors remain locked until the approaching vehicle has passed. Once the road is clear, the driver can then deactivate the Electronic Child Safety Lock and successfully unlock the rear passenger doors.

In addition, Palisade has seven standard airbags: dual front, dual side, driver’s knee, and roll-over-sensing side curtain airbags. Palisade uses a full-length large side curtain airbag that includes third-row seating coverage for enhanced rear occupant protection in the event of a collision. Tire pressure monitoring with individual position display, anti-theft security, three LATCH anchors in the second row and two LATCH anchors in the third row and a rearview camera are also standard on Palisade.

Palisade has a very rigid structure, with strategic use of Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) in key suspension and crash areas to provide increased tensile-strength. Use of Advanced High Strength Steel has several benefits: lighter overall vehicle weight, greater vehicle strength and rigidity without the excessive costs of more exotic lightweight materials.

Palisade is expected to achieve TSP+ from the IIHS and a 5-star NHTSA rating. Robust underbody and side structures are designed to increase energy absorption and cabin intrusion in a severe collision, especially in the small overlap test. Further, its underbody uses multiple load paths to better disperse potential crash energy in the event of a collision.

 

BLUE LINK® CONNECTED CAR SYSTEM

Palisade Blue Link equipped models include three years of complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Remote Start with Climate Control, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the MyHyundai with Blue Link smartphone app, the Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:

  • Widgets for easy access to remote features
  • Ability to send Point-of-Interest data to vehicle navigation system (if so equipped)
  • Access to Blue Link notification settings

More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

COLOR

Palisade will be available in a number of exterior colors, including: Beckets Black, White Cream, Lagoon Silver, Steel Graphite, Sierra Burgundy, Moonlight Cloud and Forest Rain. Interior combinations include unique molding accent colors tailored to the exterior combination.