Hyundai unveiled its new flagship SUV, the Palisade at the Los Angeles Motor Show. It will be available in selective African and Middle Eastern markets from summer 2019 onwards.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV is the company’s biggest such car yet. Hyundai has given the Palisade an all-new chassis, exceptional second- and third-row space, generous cargo area, and flexibility in the reconfiguration of seating and boot layout.

“The Hyundai Palisade will offer the ultimate in practical family transport, with large and flexible interior space, combined with all-road capability, and the latest technology for convenience and safety,” said Mike Song, Hyundai’s Head of Operations for Africa and the Middle East. “It will provide even greater depth to Hyundai’s range of leading SUV and crossover models, with excellence in engineering and design setting it apart from its rivals.”

The Hyundai Palisade is big, bold, and imposing.

Indeed, the Palisade looks the part of a large, imposing SUV. A dominant, bold and wide cascading grille, composite headlamps and the peculiar vertically connected forward lighting signature marks the SUV’s place in the premium space. Design bits like the flared fenders, extended hood, and big C-pillars lend it a powerful stance.

Inside, optional leather-equipped models give you that cosseting sense of luxury. The cabin feels airy due to the large panoramic glass areas. Second-row seats can be moved forward at the touch of a button to allow easy access to the third row. The third-row seats themselves are power folding-unfolding and reclining. Customers can specify their Palisade with optional second-row captain’s chairs with ventilation. Every seating row has USB outlets for convenience.

Technology is an area where the 2020 Hyundai Palisade scores handsomely. It gets a class-exclusive Blind View Monitor which activates in tandem with turn signals, complementing the Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist. A 10.25-inch touchscreen handles audio and navigation. A 12.3-inch full-TFT centre console offers various view modes. Two Bluetooth devices can be connected simultaneously to the Palisade; one for phone connection and one for audio streaming. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both available.

The interiors of Hyundai's biggest SUV are luxuriously appointed.

Hyundai also offers an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones. The premium sound system features Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic surround sound technology.  The big SUV also offers a Head-Up Display that pushes important information on the screen in the driver’s field of vision. There’s also a sophisticated Driver Talk in-car intercom allowing the driver to communicate separately with the second-row and third-row passengers. To sum it up, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is thoroughly modern on the inside.

When it comes to propulsion, the SUV relies on a 3.8-litre V6 good for 290hp and 355Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai has also given the Palisade HTrac all-wheel-drive system with selectable drive modes. Be it straight-line runs or blasting up the twisties; the Palisade handles them with equal composure. Handling is further enhanced by best-in-class torsional rigidity.

Hyundai will bring the 2020 Palisade to the Middle East and Africa in the summer of 2019. Prices for the same are not out yet.