Just when we thought this three-row couldn’t get any better.
The Hyundai Palisade and its Kia Telluride cousin are two of the best three-row crossovers money can buy. Both look good, drive well, and have cabins so premium-feeling that you might mistake them for luxury vehicles. But now, in Hyundai's home market of Korea, the already-nice Palisade gets even more opulent courtesy of two new trims: Calligraphy and VIP.
Both the Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy and VIP models get a smattering of new visual cues designed the make the crossover look more upscale. Triangular grille inserts, a full-width chrome skid plate, a larger lower air intake, a wider rear chrome diffuser, and unique 20-inch wheels separate these models from their base siblings. Plus there's a nice new Rain Forest paint job exclusive to the trim.
Inside, the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display optional on lower trims are standard here, as is Nappa leather in three different colors: Black, Khaki, or Beige. Larger families may have to look elsewhere, though, as the Calligraphy and VIP models only offer a seven-seat configuration, ditching the second-row bench for nice leather-appointed captain's chairs instead.
As for what defines the Palisade VIP – think of it as the Calligraphy model on steroids. The same standard Nappa leather and visual cues from the Calligraphy model carries over, only the Palisade VIP now gets a second-row center console with an air purifier, warmed and cooled cup holders, a more comfortable headrest with built-in speakers, a wireless phone charger, and a rear-seat entertainment system with two monitors.
Of course, this added opulence comes at a cost. The Palisade Calligraphy starts at ₩47,100,000 in Korea (about $39,000 here in the U.S.) with a standard 3.8-liter gas V6 and front-wheel drive. A fully loaded diesel model with all-wheel drive, meanwhile, costs ₩50,950,000 ($41,500). The Hyundai Palisade VIP model is even pricier, obviously; the base FWD model with the V6 costs ₩52,800,000 ($43,000) to start, while the range-topping diesel with AWD asks ₩56,650,000 ($46,100).
Here’s how the pricing breaks down in its entirety:
|Drive Type||Engine||Price (Korea)||Price (U.S. Approx.)|
|Palisade Calligraphy||FWD||3.8L V6||₩47,100,000||$39,000|
|Palisade Calligraphy||AWD||3.8L V6||₩49,450,000||$41,000|
|Palisade Calligraphy||FWD||2.2L Diesel||₩48,600,000||$39,600|
|Palisade Calligraphy||AWD||2.2L Diesel||₩50,950,000||$41,500|
|Palisade VIP||FWD||3.8L V6||₩52,800,000||$43,000|
|Palisade VIP||AWD||3.8L V6||₩55,150,000||$44,900|
|Palisade VIP||FWD||2.2L Diesel||₩54,300,000||$44,200|
|Palisade VIP||AWD||2.2L Diesel||₩56,650,000||$46,100|
As you might have noticed, both the Palisade Calligraphy and VIP models use the same 3.8-liter V6 we get here in the U.S., good for 291 horsepower (216 kilowatts) and 262 pound-feet (355 newton-meters) of torque, and come paired to the same eight-speed automatic. But unlike the American Palisade, Korean buyers also get the option of a 2.2-liter four-cylinder diesel engine, which is good for 200 hp (150 kW) and 322 lb-ft (437 Nm). No word on whether any of these visual or interior upgrades will make their way to the U.S.