Hyundai’s headliner out of this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show is that it’s entering the huge crossover SUV segment with the 2020 Palisade. Destined to compete with some of America’s favorite nameplates, the Palisade is aiming big in a big segment.
While this isn’t Hyundai’s first three-row crossover, it is the brand’s first full-size eight-seater. Despite the new segment, the Palisade is taking on the new family appearance, with a large grille and slim lamps up front, similar to the Kona and Santa Fe. The overall look, though, is noticeably more premium than the lesser Hyundais; indicative of the Palisade’s namesake.
Powering Palisade is an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V-6 with 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque that will flow through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The power can be sent exclusively to the front wheels or to all four via a new HTRAC four-wheel drive system. The HTRAC system can be configured via several different drive modes, each one tweaking the behavior and location of the torque from the V-6.
All Palisade models come with a plethora of safety features as standard. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.
Palisade’s premium feel continues inside the cabin. Upper trim levels will come equipped with Nappa leather seating and other premium materials. Buyers will also enjoy the convenience of an optional power-folding second and third row seat to make reconfiguring the cargo area a breeze.
Given the Palisade’s target audience is modern families, it comes as little surprise it is loaded with technology. All three rows of seats feature multiple USB ports to keep everyone’s devices fully charged, while there’s also a Qi wireless charging mat for compatible devices. Driver’s will also benefit from a 12.3-inch gauge cluster display and a large 10.25-inch touchscreen to control the infotainment system.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will be manufactured in Ulsan, Korea, and will hit dealerships in the summer of 2019.