Hyundai’s flagship SUV now has a name – the Palisade – and it is slated for unveiling at the Los Angeles Motor Show at the end of November. Positioned above the Santa Fe, the three-row Palisade is set to enter the US market in the second quarter of 2019.
The full-size SUV entrant from the Korean automaker was previewed by the Grandmaster concept shown at the 2018 Busan Motor Show, and wears a much more upright stance compared to the production SUVs that have come before it, including the aforementioned Santa Fe and Tucson.
The flagship SUV will be the cousin to the Kia Telluride, which in concept form boasts of a 3.5 litre petrol-hybrid with a total system output of 400 hp, and the forthcoming Palisade has similarly been speculated to adopt a V6 powertrain. All-wheel-drive is likely, and almost certainly joined by a FWD version.
Despite having revealed only what appears to be a portion of the tailgate, we have a rough idea of the Palisade’s silhouette thanks to some spy images, which confirms it will be a more squared-off shape, headed by a large cascading front grille and slim headlamps, as seen on the Santa Fe and the Kona B-segment crossover.
When it makes its debut, the Palisade will go toe-to-toe with the likes of the Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas, both transverse-engined, front-wheel-drive based large seven-seater SUVs with provision for all-wheel-drive. The Palisade could go one better, with an eight-seater layout.
According to Hyundai, the SUV’s name references a series of coastal cliffs and might naturally be associated by many with the Pacific Palisades, an affluent and beautiful neighborhood in Southern California.
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