2020 Hyundai Palisade First Look
- All-new 8-passenger midsize SUV is biggest Hyundai ever
- Competes with Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and others
- 3.8-liter V6 makes 291 horsepower
- Standard towing capacity of 5,000 pounds
- Pricing expected to start in the low $30,000 range
- Schedule to arrive next summer
A sophisticated-looking design, 8-passenger seating and a wide range of standard safety features are among the highlights of the largest SUV ever offered by Hyundai, the 2020 Palisade, the brand’s new flagship.
The all-new Palisade will replace the current Santa Fe XL as the largest SUV in the Korean automaker’s lineup. Riding on a 114.2-inch wheelbase and measuring 196.7 inches overall, the Palisade has a 4-inch stretch to the wheelbase and 3 inches longer in overall length. At 77.8 inches, the Palisade is 3.6 inches wider than the XL.
“While that might not seem like a lot, width and fractions of inches are a big deal for any vehicle designer,” said Mike O’Brien, Hyundai’s vice president of product. “This allowed us to have easy third-row access and comfortable three across, third-row seating.”
Upscale exterior design
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has an upscale look with smooth surfaces and a bold look using the company’s new cascading grille as part of its styling signature. The detail work is not dissimilar to the approach to vehicle design employed by a particular luxury marque.
“Cadillac has done a fabulous job of using flush surfacing as a key communicator of premium” O’Brien explained. “It is very expensive for engineers and designers to have very flush surfacing where the glass meets the sheet metal, where the trim meets the sheet metal, where the lamps meet the sheet metal, where the bumper covers join. Those radii and joints are very expensive to make a flush surface.
“When you study the Palisade closely you will see that a lot of extra effort was placed on flush surfacing to give it a very elevated and very premium feeling in terms of execution and design,” he said.
New flagship for Hyundai
“As you know the market is shifting to CUVs and SUVs. In the old days we would say Azera would be our flagship product, but really the market has changed so much that now our flagship product really should be an SUV,” O’Brien pointed out.
Hyundai’s sales have suffered because the automaker did not offer a full-line of crossovers and SUVs especially an 8-passenger variant as opposed to the 3-row Santa Fe XL which seats only 7. The 8-passenger Palisade is targeting Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and other mid-sized SUVs. In overall size, the Palisade’s dimensions are similar to the Ford.
As a family vehicle, Hyundai is touting a long list of standard safety features on the Palisade, such as forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert that applies the brakes if someone or something is approaching the vehicle.
Engine and Towing
Capability is one of the reasons some buyers need an SUV. The Palisade's 3.8-liter V6 produces 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, devlivering standard towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. An optional all-wheel-drive system is offered with four modes: comfort, smart, sport and snow,
Fuel economy has yet to be announced, but we expect the Palisade to earn an EPA city/highway combined fuel economy rating of about 21 or 22 mpg. That's about average for the segment.
How much will the 2020 Hyundai Palisade cost?
We expect Hyundai Palisade pricing to start in the low $30,000 range and extend toward $50,000 for a fully loaded model. That pricing would put it in line with the Honda Pilot, Chevy Traverse and other 3-row midsize SUVs.
When will the 2020 Hyundai Palisade go on sale?
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is scheduled to go on sale in the summer of 2019.
2020 Hyundai Palisade at the 2018 LA Auto Show