Hyundai took the wraps off its all-new flagship premium three-row Palisade SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2020 Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis designed for second and third-row roominess coupled with generous cargo area and reconfiguration flexibility. The Palisade will arrive in Canadian dealerships next summer.
Palisade’s styling from the front is dominated by a bold and wide cascading grille, which is bracketed with available LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and LED turn-signal mirrors. An extended hood profile gives a commanding road presence, while bold C-pillars and a panoramic glass side graphic convey third-row spaciousness. The rear view emphasizes a wide stance and a vertical LED rear taillamp design. Panoramic rear glass coupled with a cutaway roof is meant to convey a sense of spaciousness for passengers.
On the inside, the Palisade’s spacious cabin offers standard eight-passenger seating. Leather-equipped models offer quilted Nappa leather, while on the instrument panel there’s smooth woodgrain trim in a wraparound interior design. The second-row seat allows for one-touch operation of the seat that moves 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. A conversation mirror that allows the driver to see passengers in the rear is also available.
As for technology, the Palisade features 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 newer Apple iPhones.
The Palisade is powered by an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6, dual CVVT, direct-injected engine that produces 291 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. 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. To deal with NVH (noise/vibration/harshness) in the Palisade, Hyundai is using a generous amount of under-hood insulation, special sound-deadening carpets, and powertrain tuning.
Front and rear suspension width is maximized on the Palisade, for enhanced roll stiffness and stability. Tire sizes being offered are 245/60R18 (standard) and 245/50R20 (optional). Front steering knuckles and rear carriers are made of aluminum, while front lower arms have been optimized and lightened via a new engineering design, for reduced unsprung weight and improved responsiveness.
High torsional rigidity has been achieved through 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.
The Palisade offers Hyundai’s HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system with Normal, Sport, and Smart modes. The Sport setting provides better response by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability 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. In addition, Palisade’s AWD HTRAC system includes an AWD locking differential function for challenging traction situations.
Palisade offers a full suite of advanced safety technologies, 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.
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. The Palisade also features a Safe Exit Assist system that uses radar to detect cars approaching from the rear and cautions passengers looking to exit the vehicle.
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.