Published: Sun, December 02, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Hyundai Palisade: This is It!

Hyundai Palisade: This is It!

Delivering power to the wheels is an 8-speed automatic gearbox with a multi-plate torque converter. It also has seven USB charging ports covering all rows of seats, along with 16 cupholders to keep everyone aboard the Palisade well hydrated.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is set to reach showrooms in the summer of 2019 with a starting price estimated to be about $US30,000.

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.

Since this is a bigger auto, it has a Driver Talk in-car intercom with rear seat conversation modes and sleep modes.

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Inside, the big Palisade offers 18 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats and 45.8 cubic feet behind the second row - figures that are average for the segment. Captain's chair with air ventilation on the second row option. Other features include Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and an available premium Infinity audio system. It produces 291 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm.

As for what will power the Palisade, it remains a bit of a mystery but we wouldn't be surprised to see more than one engine offered to customers. The flagship of the Korean brand is built on a new platform, equipped with gasoline V6, push button selector, drivetrain and all-wheel drive HTRAC special settings for movement on snow. When equipped with the latter system, the Aviator offers several drive modes so the driver can adjust to the road conditions... or to their mood in the moment.

Plenty of driver assistance technologies are included as standard, too, with Hyundai's SmartSense suite featuring autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot assist, high-beam assist, adaptive cruise control with stop&go, rear cross-traffic avoidance, lane-following assist and driver attention monitoring all included across the range. Another handy feature is the Rear Occupant alert that uses sensors to detect if a kid or pet is in the auto. The system is created to prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the vehicle, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in. Even with electronic child safety lock deactivated, the system is capable of overriding it, and ensures that the rear doors remain locked until the approaching vehicle has passed.

Last but not the least, the 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, with interior combinations featuring unique molding accent colors tailored to the exterior combination. So, does the Palisade whet your appetite for huge SUVs?

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