Hyundai shakes up SUV market with new Palisade

THE arrival of the new Hyundai Palisade in Australia is imminent, taking its place as the spacious, safe and luxurious flagship of the Hyundai vehicle range and delivering modern elegance in a full-size, family SUV that indulges occupants on every level.

The Palisade gives customers the perfect blend of exceptional comfort and practicality, with smart technologies and the uncompromising safety of the latest SmartSense features, in a bold and ultra stylish seven or eight seater.

Along with the new 2021 Santa Fe, the Palisade leads Hyundai’s ’18 models in 18 months’ product onslaught towards a new and comprehensive line-up, which will include seven SUV models by the end of 2021, encompassing EV, FCEV and hybrid powertrains.

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The Palisade is engineered to appeal to buyers of large SUVs who want a more car-like driving experience than a body-on-chassis 4WD can provide. People-mover buyers who prefer the style, flexibility and driving qualities of an SUV will also be attracted to it.

The right-hand drive Palisade was developed primarily for Australia, with a focus on delivering superb safety, stability and dynamics for our unique tastes and conditions. It features HTRAC advanced AWD and a multi-terrain control system.

Capable of tackling the toughest challenges, it comes complete with a full-size spare wheel and 2,200kg tow rating. A simple two-tiered line-up for the Palisade makes it easy for buyers to choose the grade that best matches their lifestyle.

Each grade is offered with a choice of a 3.8-litre V6 GDi engine with front-wheel drive developing 217kW and 355Nm, or a 2.2-litre four-cylinder CRDi engine with all-wheel drive developing 147kW and 440Nm.

Both are teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission, with the range-opening Palisade variant featuring a cutting-edge 7.0-inch full LCD supervision instrument cluster and a clear and intuitive 10.25-inch satellite navigation unit.

Inside, it features leather upholstery as standard, as well as a power-adjustable driver’s seat, three-zone air-conditioning and Infinity premium audio.

Ensuring the utmost convenience are a futuristic shift-by-wire gear selector buttons, keyless entry with push-button start, and an electric park brake. There are six airbags, including side curtain airbag protection for all three rows.

A range-standard suite of SmartSense technologies includes multi-function forward collision-avoidance assist, driver attention warning and blind-spot collision avoidance-assist, as well as lane following assist and rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist.

Smart cruise control with stop/go completes the package. The range topping Palisade Highlander brings Nappa leather upholstery with a suede headlining, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory and 8-way power adjustable passenger seat.

The front seats offer heating and ventilation, with the comfort of a heated steering wheel. Second row seats also offer heating, with 7-seat variants adding ventilation. There’s a dual-panel wide sunroof with tilt function and wireless phone charging as well.

A head-up display, powered hands-free tailgate and 20-inch alloy wheels also form part of the Highlander offering, as does blind spot view monitor, and surround view monitor.

The Palisade cabin creates a sense of elegance through a sweeping, horizontal motif, with a luxurious feel, thanks to a premium-trimmed crash pad and console, with a satin chrome garnish.

A unified instrument cluster and multimedia unit brings a futuristic and clear display of the various vehicle functions and completes a classy image. An elevated bridge-style centre console design places key controls within easy reach as well.

There are seven USB ports and 16 cup-holders placed conveniently around the cabin. A boarding step and 220mm foot clearance into the third-row greatly enhance entry and egress.

Electric release buttons in Palisade’s cargo area allow users to fold second-row seatbacks flat with a simple press. On the outside, the Palisade showcases bold and elegant design befitting of Hyundai’s flagship model.

A wide, dominant cascading grille is flanked by high-tech, composite headlights and a vertically-connected forward lighting signature, to create a powerful and distinctive impression.

In profile, a powerful, extended bonnet develops Palisade’s strong road presence, while a bold C-pillar design and wide third-row daylight opening convey generous third-row spaciousness.

A crisp character line connects the front and rear lighting elements, while muscular detailing such as robust over-fenders and sill cladding completes an impressive silhouette.

At the rear, Palisade emphasises a wide and stable stance through crisp and confident detailing, incorporating a vertical LED tail-light design. A cutaway roof complements the ample third-row glasshouse.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is available in six mica and metallic paint colours, with pricing for the V6 petrol variants set at $60,000 and $71,000 plus on-roads respectively. Diesel variants are priced at $64,000 and $75,000 (plus on-roads).

For further information, please contact your local Hyundai dealer.

2021 Hyundai Paliisade
2021 Hyundai Paliisade interior
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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