Palisade is a worthy new flagship SUV for Hyundai in SA
The highly competitive SUV and crossover segment in the South African car market has received an impressive new addition with the launch of the Hyundai Palisade, the Korean brand’s new local flagship model.
The formidable Palisade – with an overall length just short of 5 meters – takes its place in the local Hyundai SUV line-up next to its slightly smaller sibling, the Santa Fe, as well as the Tucson, Creta and the compact Venue. The range is also complemented by the recently upgraded Kona crossover.
Hyundai’s Palisade flagship SUV brings exceptional comfort, space, technology and safety in a large SUV. The Palisade offers seating for up to eight and a commodious cargo space with convenient features like One-Touch second-row seats for ease of use.
As Hyundai’s flagship SUV, the Palisade offers a host of technology features ideal for family road trips, including an 8-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions; wireless cell phone charging; multiple simultaneous Bluetooth connections; seven USB outlets; ventilated front and second-row seats in the 7-seater derivative; heated front and second-row seats in both derivatives, shift-by-wire and innovative roof-based diffuser vents. Hyundai’s SmartSense safety technology also comes standard.
The Palisade’s styling conveys dignity with style in an understated theme that demonstrates clear differentiation worthy of a flagship SUV. From the front, a dominant, bold and wide cascading grille represents a premium SUV. Separated composite headlamps and a vertically connected forward lighting signature create a strong and distinctive front demeanor, with LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED turn-signal mirrors.
A powerful, extended hood profile creates an impressive road presence, while bold C-pillars and a panoramic glass side graphic convey generous third-row spaciousness. Full volume over-fenders and body sides offer muscular detailing. The rear view emphasizes a wide and stable stance via graceful detailing and a vertical LED rear taillamp design. Panoramic rear glass coupled with a cutaway roof provides a generous sense of spaciousness to rear passengers. The big 20-inch alloy wheels further fill out the Palisade’s flagship presence.
The Palisade’s design features have aerodynamic benefits as well, with a low 0.33 coefficient of drag (Cd). This is achieved with specific design cues that include a fast A-pillar angle, a rear spoiler side garnish, an optimized front cooling area with an extended internal air guide, aero underside panels, and rear wheel aero deflectors.
The Palisade is available in five exterior colours: White Cream, Shimmering Silver, Graphite Grey, Moonlight Blue and Abyss Black Pearl.
The Palisade also features an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that can provide a focused, partially diffused or fully diffused stream of air to rear passengers. This new diffuser vent design provides quieter rear air conditioning airflow, draft-free operation, more uniform distribution of air and the capability for a focused stream of air whenever desired.
The Palisade offers abundant technology, including navigation display on the infotainment system’s screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. To eliminate the need for a charging cord, there’s a wireless charging pad for compatible Android devices and Apple iPhones. When it comes to audio technology, the premium sound system is well-suited to the Palisade’s upscale interior.
The Palisade also offers a Rear Seat Quiet Mode system that allows the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without that same audio being transmitted to the second- and third-row audio speakers, so that potentially sleeping passengers will not be disturbed.
The Palisade design seeks a very high perception of openness and exceptional visibility with a large, fixed-glass rear sunroof opening, wide rear seating rows and a generous, reconfigurable rear cargo area.
The Palisade is available in two derivatives with different seating options:
Palisade R2.2 7-seater Elite (auto) R 999 900
Palisade R2.2 8-seater Elite (auto) R 999 900