Named after the neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, it will be Hyundai's new flagship SUV with eight-passenger capability, replacing Santa Fe XL and the Veracruz. 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 most interesting thing here is that even though the Palisade (4980 mm) is shorter nearly all three-row midsize SUVs, cargo space exceeds those of the Explorer and Highlander, with 1296 litres of available room behind the second row of seats. At the rear is a vertical LED rear taillamp design. The 16.3-foot SUV will be available in both two-wheel and all-wheel drive. A shift-by-wire gear selector sprouts from the center console, the third-row seat features power reclining and folding, there's an in-car intercom, and the center stack is punctuated by a 10.3-inch touchscreen. If you find the centre tunnel to be neater than usual, that probably has to do with the shift-by-wire "gearstick" with automatic park logic that shifts the auto into "P" when the engine is off.
The interior offers a generous dose of Nappa leather upholstery, while on the instrument panel, smooth woodgrain trim in a wraparound interior design create a spacious, comfortable ambience. The Palisade gets a dominant, bold front with a wide cascading grille which gives it a premium look. The second row seat features a one-touch tumble operation, allowing easy ingress and egress to the third-row seat. Delivering power to the wheels is an 8-speed automatic gearbox with a multi-plate torque converter.
The most impressive element when it comes to the design of this big SUV is the low drag coefficient of the Palisade, 0.33 cx. Captain's chair with air ventilation on the second row option.
The all-wheel-drive system incorporates a torque-vectoring function, as well as Comfort, Smart, and Sport modes. All three rows of seats feature multiple USB ports to keep everyone's devices fully charged, while there's also a Qi wireless charging mat for compatible devices. A newly-developed Snow Mode is available too. The safe exit assist uses the Palisade's radar to detect cars approaching from the rear and alerts passengers looking to exit the vehicle.
When it goes on sale next summer, the 2020 Palisade will be offered with standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, and a child lock feature that momentarily prevents the rear doors from opening when an object such as a bicycle is traveling in the crossover's blind spots.