Hyundai today introduced its new flagship premium three-row Palisade SUV to global media at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The 2020 Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis with exceptional second- and third-row roominess coupled with generous cargo area and reconfiguration flexibility. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will be produced in Ulsan, Korea and will be available at dealerships across the U.S. in the summer of 2019.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade styling conveys dignity with style in an understated theme that demonstrates clear differentiation worthy of a flagship SUV. From the front, a dominant, bold and wide cascading grille clearly represents a premium SUV. Separated composite headlamps and a vertically-connected forward lighting signature create a strong and distinctive front demeanor, with available LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED turn-signal mirrors. A powerful, extended hood profile creates an impressive road presence, while bold C-pillars and a panoramic glass side graphic convey generous third-row spaciousness. Full volume over-fenders and body sides offer muscular detailing. The rear view emphasizes a wide and stable stance via sinuous detailing and a vertical LED rear taillamp design. Panoramic rear glass coupled with a cutaway roof provides a generous sense of spaciousness to rear passengers. Available oversized 20-inch alloy wheels further fill out the 2020 Palisade flagship presence.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade power comes from an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6, dual CVVT, direct-injected engine, for excellent power and efficiency. This 3.8-liter powerplant produces an estimated 291 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and an estimated 262 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5,000 rpm. The Palisade offers more standard horsepower than any other SUV in its competitive set and an unsurpassed level of torque. 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, with a final drive ratio of 3.648 for confident acceleration. Special efforts were made to reduce Palisade NVH, with generous under-hood insulation, special sound-deadening carpets and powertrain tuning that delivers a smooth, linear response. In addition, Palisade offers drivers the ability to start the vehicle via remote key fob or via the Blue Link app.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal, Sport and Smart modes help provide confident control in all weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty dynamic feel when desired. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- or high-speed cornering, and hill starts.
The 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. The Drive Mode System’s Snow Mode adjusts front and rear torque distribution, left and right wheel slip control, engine torque and shift patterns according to available traction levels. In addition, Palisade’s AWD HTRAC system includes an AWD locking-differential function for challenging traction situations.
291 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
262 lb-ft of torque @ 5,200 rpm
Zero to 60 mph: 7.2–7.4 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 17.5–17.8 sec
Standing ¼-mile: 15.6–15.8 sec
Top speed: 130 mph
Fuel capacities: 18.8 gal.
Towing capacity: 5,000 lbs
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 19/26 mpg (FWD), 19/24 mpg (AWD)
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade interior design combines a sense of relaxation and comfort creating a serene environment with eight-passenger seating standard for family adventures. Leather-equipped models offer a premium, quilted Nappa leather, while on the instrument panel, smooth woodgrain trim in a wraparound interior design create a spacious, comfortable ambience. This especially roomy cabin now accommodates 6-foot-tall passengers in any seat. It has 18 cubic feet of cargo space to spare behind the third row or 46 cubic feet with the second row folded. When comparing by the numbers, it’s a give-and-take row by row with the segment’s roomiest offerings.
But subjectively, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade feels among the most spacious. It distributes its cabin volume well, utilizing smart packaging and design that both frees up storage space and helps emphasize a feeling of interior airiness. One notable example is the new push-button gear selector. It looks elegant, but it also saves a heap of space up front, opening up a large storage area between the front footwells.
The second-row seating can be configured with a sliding and reclining three-passenger bench or a pair of captain’s chairs, the latter of which can be equipped with both seat heating and ventilation. Entry to the third row is made easy thanks to push-button access on the second-row seats; the resulting pass-through space is comparably generous. The third-row seat’s cushions sit a little higher than average, providing better leg comfort yet retaining a surprising amount of headroom. Other clever touches up front include hideaway cupholders that provide flexibility to the front storage bin. Every Palisade seating row offers USB outlets for convenience for all passengers, for a total of seven available USB outlets. Even more, a conversation mirror allows the driver to clearly see passengers in the rear.
The Palisade also offers a class-exclusive Blind View Monitor that complements the standard Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, which provides easy-to-see body-side views whenever the turn signal is activated. 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. Two Bluetooth devices can be connected simultaneously, with one for a mobile phone connection and the other for audio streaming. The single instrument panel gauge cluster integrated with navigation offers exceptional legibility and ease of use, coupled with an available head-up display feature. Center console innovations such as shift-by-wire controls free up valuable control space for the features drivers use most. The shift-by-wire system also includes automatic park logic that shifts the vehicle into park when the engine is off and the driver opens the door. The Palisade center console bridge design also frees up convenient storage space underneath the center console control area with driver and passenger access. A generous 16 cupholders means there’s always a place to stow a beverage at any seating position. Seatbelt connection notification to the driver is active in every seating position.
The Palisade also features an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that can provide a focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers. This new diffuser vent design provides quieter rear air conditioning airflow, draft-free operation, more uniform distribution of air and the capability for a focused stream of air whenever desired.
TRIM LEVELS & PRICING
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a three-row mid-size crossover SUV. It is available in three trims: SE, SEL and Limited. Seating for up to eight passengers when equipped with a second-row bench seat, while the second-row captain’s chairs reduce passenger capacity to seven.
Standard features on the SE trim include heated mirrors, rear parking sensors, remote keyless entry, push-button ignition, full-range adaptive cruise control, second-row air-conditioning controls, power-folding second-row bench seats, 60/40-split folding third-row seats, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and five USB ports. Advanced safety features include automatic high beams, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, a drowsy driver monitor, lane keeping assist and a rear passenger reminder.
The SEL trim adds roof rails, keyless entry, remote ignition, heated front seats, second-row captain’s chairs (the bench available as a no-cost option), a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, and a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The SEL optional Convenience package adds front parking sensors, a power liftgate, a self-leveling rear suspension, second-row window shades, a wireless charging pad, third-row USB ports, and a household-style power outlet.
The Premium package requires the Convenience package and adds LED headlights, leather upholstery, a power front passenger seat, driver-seat memory functions, heated second-row seats, power-folding third-row seats, and a heated steering wheel. The Drive Guidance package includes enhanced driver-assist features, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, satellite radio, an intercom system, and Hyundai’s Blue Link Connected Car system.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Limited comes with all of the above plus a dual sunroof, automatic wipers, additional driver-seat adjustments, premium leather upholstery, ventilated front and second-row seats, a head-up display, a digital gauge cluster, a surround-view camera system, a blind-spot camera, interior ambient lighting, and a 12-speaker Harman Kardon premium surround-sound system.
* Freight Charges are $1,045.