It's been called Hyundai Grandmaster HDC-2 concept vehicle. Introduced in June at the Busan Motor Show in South Korea, it's seen some important changes in the last six months. Now that photos of the likely production look are circulating, the name Hyundai Palisade also seems to be finalized. The eight-passenger SUV is to be introduced at the LA Auto Show in early December 2018. It looks like Hyundai is excited about what they're doing with their SUV line, with energetic exterior changes in the 2019 Santa Fe and now the Palisade. Observers are saying that what they believe will be shown at LA is a step up in style from what was seen as an initial concept in Busan.
Is the styling boxy like many larger SUVs? Is it built on a truck platform like, for instance, the Chevy Suburban?
Hyundai is in the process of fine-tuning new platforms and establishing a new design language for their vehicles. The design shift was introduced with the HDC-1 "Le Fil Rouge" car shown at Geneva in March. The new front-wheel-drive SUV platform which the Palisade uses is designed to support transverse engine mounting and cover other future contingencies. In direct lineage, it appears, Palisade is not truck-based, though Hyundai has not been discussing it in detail yet. It may not be boxy, but it is definitely imposing, built large with sweeping curves and a broad, intricate grille.
Word is that the Palisade has acquired some of the appearance features of the 2019 Santa Fe. How does that factor into the Hyundai Palisade's appearance?
Climbing onto Hyundai's Kona, Tucson and Santa Fe SUV line, it looks like the Palisade will inherit Santa Fe features, especially in the front. The front grille is a powerful, detailed presence and front LED lighting is divided between a lightweight treatment above and main housings below. The fenders, broadly sculpted in a sporty style, also echo Santa Fe design.
What's the interior like? Is the third row likely to be comfortable?
The Santa Fe XL offers a third-row-squeeze so hopefully, the Palisade offers the antidote with space for a full complement of adult passengers. There's convenient push-button access which moves the second row out of the way when passengers are accessing the third. Based on the 2019 Santa Fe's interior possibilities, the Palisade is likely to have access to the quiet, creatively renewed interior design of the Santa Fe. Various types of split-folding seating, captain's chairs and even reclining seating are established offerings which will probably be carried to the Palisade.
What tech and infotainment amenities will there be?
A digital instrument cluster, head up display (HUD), intuitive info and entertainment controls and the Hyundai Smart Sense driver aids and safety technology will be joined by features like Qi wireless charging and Wi-Fi. There's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and the other usual suspects for sound sources, along with an Infinity sound system, most likely. It's worth noting that Smart Sense extends to more advanced versions of common technologies: adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, for instance, and rear occupant alert which monitors the rear seat and will flash and honk if it detects a child left behind in the car.
What driver assist and active safety features are expected in the Palisade?
The Hyundai Smart Sense suite provides what is becoming a standard set of features. These include forward collision-avoidance assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, a lane keeping aid, safe exit assist, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, and a 360-degree camera. Hyundai seems to be extending these technologies more actively than some companies and in 2019 is adding a rear seat child protection feature designed to sense movement in a locked car and alarm to prevent hot car tragedies and similar concerns.
How's the powertrain? Are there choices of gas, hybrid and electric?
The Palisade will initially have a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 powerplant with 365 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The FWD platform will have an eight-speed automatic transmission, and AWD will be optional. In the near future, even in 2020, a plug-in hybrid is planned with 15 other electric options in the queue.
When does Hyundai plan to make it available to buyers?
The Palisade will appear first in North America sometime in 2019, with more information sure to come at the December 2018 LA Motor Show.
What competitors will buyers be likely to consider? Will Kia, since they're now connected with Hyundai, offer a version of the Palisade?
Between Hyundai and Kia there should be many variants on the Palisade model. The shared platform will be called Telluride on the Kia side, reports say. Shopping lists for similar vehicles will include models such as the Volkswagen Atlas, Ford Explorer, Chevy Traverse, Dodge Durango, and Honda Pilot.