The mid-size SUV segment is currently in vogue, with approximately 1.5 million units sold each year in North America. Hyundai has been offering a three-row version of its Santa Fe for a few years now, but with the Palisade 2020 unveiled today at the LA Auto Show, the Korean manufacturer hopes to make a stronger statement in this important space for SUVs.
The Hyundai Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 producing 291 horsepower and 262 pounds of torque thanks to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front wheel drive and AWD are available. The fuel economy figures have not yet been released, but with a drag coefficient of 0.33, we expect the Palisade, which is evolving on a whole new platform, to exceed 18 Miles to the gallon of the Hyundai Santa Fe XL in town and 25 mpg highway.
Inside, the large Palisade offers 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats and 45.8 cubic feet behind the second row – average numbers for the segment. The rear of the palisade is easily accessible thanks to a central row that moves in one touch and gives you access to a third row power folding or tilting.
Wherever you sit, with its seven USB ports, every passenger has access to charging a mobile device, especially the driver and front passenger with wireless smartphone charging available.
Other features available include 20-inch wheels, LED headlights, a 10.25-inch information / navigation screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12.3-inch TFT instrument panel, a head-up display, Infinity, quilted Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated seats for the second-row captain's seats and 16 cupholders – that's a lot, but do not forget, a 19 (FTW).
The Palisade comes standard with pedestrian-aware anti-collision braking, assistance to avoid blind spots, rear cross braking, automatic high beam, adaptive cruise control, track maintenance assistance, ultrasonic rear occupant detection and assistance. at the exit safely, which prevents passengers from opening their doors in the moving traffic.
The Hyundai Palisade 2020 will be manufactured in Ulsan, Korea, and will be distributed to dealers in the summer of 2019, but we will have to wait a bit later before prices are announced.