Hyundai pulled the wraps off its biggest offering in the crossover space in the form of the 2020 Palisade. The full-size eight-seater crossover is an important product in Hyundai’s larger ambition to move up a notch in the premium vehicle category.
Hyundai has a lot in store for the Palisade, but the firm has had a torrid relationship with the crossover segment for a long time. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade replaces the Santa Fe XL in the South Korean automaker’s lineup. Like the XL, Hyundai has given the Palisade a V6 motor for propulsion, lifting the 3.8-litre motor from Genesis’s portfolio and mounting it transversely in its crossover.
The eight-seater crossover can be specced in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive with both options carrying an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The V6 is good for 291hp and 355Nm, which is a modest bump over the Santa Fe XL’s 290-hp 3.3-litre V6.
When it comes to interior space, The 2020 Hyundai Palisade sweeps the floor with its rivals. It offers more than 1,000mm of legroom at the rear which is more than the Chevrolet Traverse, Honda Pilot, and Subaru Ascent. Third-row passengers are not left out with almost 800mm of legroom. A lengthened wheelbase is also great for the Palisade’s cargo capacity, rated at 510 litres, expanding to 1,300 litres with the third row folded down.
All trims of the Palisade will be equipped with standard automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. Hyundai has a selection of configurations in terms of seating to appease multiple kinds of customers. Second-row captain seats can replace a standard bench, with optional cooling on the former. Hyundai’s latest 10.3-inch and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster will be offered on top trims with a power folding third-row will be optional on most trims. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard across all variants.
Hyundai hasn’t disclosed pricing of the Palisade, but expect a slight premium over the 2019 Santa Fe XL’s $31,895 price for the entry-level trim.