A number of years in the past, Hyundai lastly launched Genesis as a standalone luxurious model. At this time, it has a variety of very stable new fashions, however to this point, virtually no one’s shopping for. Why? As a result of premium consumers need three letters: S-U-V. It will be some time earlier than they will lastly get one from Genesis, however till then, this 2020 Hyundai Palisade may do a surprisingly good job of filling in — if folks can look previous its on a regular basis badge.

That is as a result of this Palisade might be geared up to ranges that really feel startlingly premium, with a cabin in higher trims that feels a notch above phase stalwarts just like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander, to not point out newcomers just like the Volkswagen Atlas and Subaru Ascent. 

At Hyundai’s invitation, I headed to the automaker’s house market of Korea to take a look at this new crossover nicely forward of its summer time, 2019 North American on-sale date. 

Piercing stare

We’ll begin with the outside, which shares some main themes with the Palisade’s child brother, the new-for-2019 Santa Fe. These design touchstones embrace an imposingly massive, thickly framed six-sided grille bookended by unusually slim headlights. The Palisade’s pugnacious nostril has a decidedly vertical really feel, thanks largely to the aforementioned low-set headlamps and distinctive multi-piece daytime operating lamps that appear like opposing ellipses. Hyundai’s VP of styling, SangYup Lee, calls these lights “crocodile eyes.” They’re echoed on the rear, the place the fascia surrounding the upright back lights is scalloped away equally. 

Total, the 2020 Palisade’s look is daring and techno in a method that its rivals aren’t. I like its brashness, and I believe some consumers will, too. Others, nevertheless, could discover its unconventional look off-putting.

The Palisade’s daring entrance finish is one thing of of venture.


Premium insides

Whereas the Palisade’s outer wrapper has a vertical theme, its cabin emphasizes the horizontal, with a low, extensive dashboard dominated by gauge cluster pod that flows outward right into a floating central infotainment display — not completely not like what Mercedes-Benz has executed on fashions like its S-Class. Lee calls this lateral inside/vertical exterior duality “Jekyll and Hyde,” however the transition between the outside and the cabin does not really feel like practically as unusual a case as that legendary character’s split-personality transformation. 

Literary aspirations apart, there isn’t any denying the Palisade’s inside feels upscale. The high-end mannequin I sampled included a richer-feeling headliner, supportive Nappa leather-based seats with quilted accents, twin sunroofs and enormous expanses of expensive-looking grey matte-wood trim. 

I additionally sat in one other Palisade with comparable burgundy leather-based seating and a darker gray-colored sprint with metallic technical-finish trim, and it likewise regarded and felt correctly wealthy. (If my tester have been geared up with the non-compulsory 12.25-inch all-digital cluster, it may’ve handed muster as a Genesis-branded rival for the Acura MDX and Buick Enclave — if not past.)

Palisade’s quiet cabin additionally options good outward visibility.


A well-organized middle console flows downward between the seats, sitting up fairly excessive, with a small pushbutton shifter under the HVAC controls. Transferring to this fashion of digital gear selector feels gimmicky, however it’s freed up actual property below the floating stack for giant purses and oddments (although that house is considerably awkward to entry, particularly for the motive force). 

The middle console itself options a big lidded cubby space with out there Qi wi-fi charging dock, USB port and a pair of deployable spring-loaded cup holders. The latter appear intelligent at first, however they do not modify and are not all the time the precise measurement (significantly for some water bottles and people more and more stylish slim soda cans). Typical cup holders would’ve been higher — this resolution feels too intelligent by half, and considerably fragile.

A big and deep armrest bin ensures no matter did not match within the door pockets, glovebox or recess under the shifter may have a prepared place. There’s a commendable quantity of cupboard space up entrance, and certainly, in every single place else, too.

A large-aspect-ratio touchscreen options Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and two-source Bluetooth.


Household-friendly tech

Accessible cabin tech is typical Hyundai, which is to say, plentiful and readily decipherable. Maybe greater than every other model, Hyundai (and its company siblings at Kia) have developed a knack for easy, well-laid-out switchgear and easy-to-use but powerful-enough infotainment.

The latter is displayed on an out there 10.25-inch touchscreen with a large facet ratio, well-laid-out menus, crisp graphics and good response occasions. Even if you happen to do not go for the totally digital gauges on top-shelf Final fashions, a big multi-function show within the cluster can momentarily show the reside video feed from the right- or left-hand-side digicam when the flip sign is activated to help whereas passing. Consider Blind View Monitor like Honda’s love-or-hate LaneWatch, solely smarter. (You do not have to look additional away to the middle display, and it really works on either side of the automobile, not like Honda’s system.)

Blind Spot Monitor reveals an in-cluster feed from the facet cameras when the flip sign is activated.


This Hyundai lives in a family-first phase, and the perfect fashions supply sudden tech to make dwelling with babies simpler. The Palisade isn’t any totally different, providing an out there second- and third-row Driver Discuss intercom, in addition to a Rear Sleep Mode that disables the rear audio system so dad and mom can take heed to guilty-pleasure tunes with out waking the wee. Not solely are Apple CarPlay and Android Auto customary, the infotainment permits for the simultaneous Bluetooth pairing, that means the motive force can have telephone connectivity whereas a young person performs Spotify deejay.

An ultrasonic rear occupant alert system can also be supplied. Designed to curb the chance of unintentionally leaving kids or pets within the rear seat, the system beeps the horn and flashes the lights if movement is detected in again after the motive force leaves the automobile. For the actually oblivious, Rear Occupant Alert may even ping a paired cell phone with an alert.

Seating palooza

The Palisade is on the market with seating for seven or eight, with a split-sliding 60/40 second-row bench or a pair of captain’s chairs accounting for the variation. The latter are significantly comfy, and out there with each heating and cooling (a rarity on this class), plus, the captain’s chairs options handy walk-through entry to the third row. All seats are serviced by minivan-like roof-mounted HVAC vents, and there are as much as seven USB ports and 16 cupholders. Wi-Fi and a rear-seat leisure bundle are as-yet unconfirmed.

Accessible second-row captain’s chairs function heating and cooling.


No matter seating configuration, Hyundai has neatly sweated the lean/slide mechanism to entry the third row. The one-touch spring-loaded mechanism is simple to make use of, even for teenagers, although the aperture between the scootched-forward second row and the way-backs stays considerably tight for adults (similar to each different automobile on this class). The way in which-backs supply energy folding and unfolding, they usually work nicely.

As soon as within the third row, there’s surprisingly good house, together with loads of headroom. The underside cushion sits low to encourage a barely knees-up posture, however the quantity of journey on the sliding second row makes life within the low-cost seats considerably extra comfy if different passengers are keen to accommodate.

That is stable packaging for this phase, and you’ll tilt the third-row backrests to prioritize consolation or maximizing cargo house. Make no mistake — the Palisade continues to be a midsize SUV, albeit a big one. In the event you’re on the lookout for better room, you will must step as much as one thing bigger, just like the joyless Traverse, or a Ford Expedition, which is decidedly extra truck-like.

Our Palisade might be powered by a three.Eight-liter V6 with 291 hp and 262 pound-feet of torque.


Powertrain particulars

Underneath the hood, North American consumers will discover Hyundai’s three.Eight-liter naturally aspirated V6 yoked to an ordinary eight-speed automated in both front- or HTrac all-wheel drive configurations. Unusually, the engine can run on the Atkinson Cycle, a tech that’s often reserved for hybrid powertrains. Being such an early drive, nevertheless, the 291-horsepower, 262-pound-feet-of-torque six shouldn’t be what motivated my Palisade. As an alternative, it was powered by a Korean-market 2.2-liter turbodiesel.

The diesel was very nicely behaved and sufficiently (190 hp and 322 pound-feet), however in the end irrelevant to US and Canadian clients, because it will not be supplied. Regardless of committing to supply a diesel within the North American Santa Fe again in February, that engine has been canceled, and will not be reprised right here. It is gasoline or nothing, at the least except Hyundai decides to supply a hybrid or some form of mannequin with a plug. (Hyundai is not committing to additional powertrain variants, however I used to be in a position to affirm that the mannequin’s chassis — which it shares with Kia’s forthcoming Telluride SUV — does accommodate at the least some degree of electrification.)

Drive selector settings embrace Consolation (default), Eco, Sport, Good, in addition to Snow, Mud and Sand.


Since I have not pushed the gasoline powertrain, I am unable to touch upon its efficiency on this circa-Four,500-pound SUV, however I can let you know that the all-wheel drive system contains a split-mode Drive/Terrain drive mode selector with settings for Consolation (default), Eco, Sport, Good, in addition to Snow, Mud and Sand. The dial optimizes the throttle, transmission shift schedule, steering weight and traction methods for numerous driving kinds and terrains.

Even so, do not mistake the Palisade for something aside from a road-biased crossover. With simply shy of eight inches of floor clearance, it is greater than able to trundling throughout muddy fields at county festivals, however do not count on something approaching Jeep-like skills. Our Korean occasion planners obtained a bit overambitious and ended up with a number of stranded autos on a seashore when an excessive amount of comfortable sand was churned up by overexuberant journalists (thankfully, Yours Really was not among the many responsible).

Entrance MacPherson struts and a rear multi-link suspension are well-tuned.


Steering and suspension

Whereas some officers I spoke with say that NA-market fashions will function an equivalent 15.6:1-ratio steering and the identical suspension setup because the Korean mannequin I drove, there’ll doubtlessly be particular tuning to accommodate regional buyer experience and dealing with preferences (South Koreans are inclined to favor very comfortable rides).

There’s nothing revolutionary occurring with the Palisade’s suspension: Easy MacPherson struts paired with coil springs and a rear multilink setup with a stabilizer bar are customary. There is not any computer-controlled variable damping, however a load-leveling rear is non-compulsory. Regardless, I discovered the massive SUV’s experience and dealing with to be constantly agreeable, whether or not on the freeway, single-lane B-roads or on a modest woodland path — despite the fact that my check automobile was fitted with 245/50 20-inch Michelin Primacy Sport Tour tires (18-inchers come on lesser trims).

A part of that good experience high quality comes from the Palisade’s lengthy 114.2-inch wheelbase, which helps to easy out physique motions whereas offering for the aforementioned roomy cabin. Total size sits at 196.1 inches, three inches longer than the outgoing 2019 Santa Fe XL (a one-year mannequin beforehand recognized merely as “Santa Fe”). Total, the Palisade is massive for its class, though the Chevrolet Traverse handily outspans it.

Hyundai has but to launch pricing or gas economic system figures.


Effectivity and towing

Gas economic system has but to be disclosed for the Ulsan, Korea-built SUV — it’s going to be revealed nearer to the Palisade’s summer time, 2019 on-sale date. The identical goes for pricing, however good cash suggests MSRPs will begin round $31,000 for a front-drive mannequin and climb to round $50,000 with all of the containers checked.

Like its opponents at Honda, Ford, Subaru, Toyota and VW, max towing capability is pegged at 5,000 kilos. Amongst its chief rivals, solely the Nissan affords extra (6,000 kilos).

Security first

You’ll be able to’t launch a household automobile at present with a straight face with out having gobs of security gear aboard. The Palisade solutions the decision with customary forward-collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, good cruise management, high-beam help, blind-spot warning, backup digicam with rear cross-traffic alert, and even Protected Exit Help, which prevents your good little snowflakes from opening a rear door into oncoming site visitors. 360-degree cameras and entrance parking sensors are non-compulsory.

Hyundai’s new Palisade is a well-rounded household hauler with shocking luxurious and aptitude.


Prepared for battle

Chock filled with closely up to date and all-new competitors, at present’s three-row household SUV phase is an particularly robust nut to crack. We’ll have to attend to drive the US-spec mannequin to know for certain, however the 2020 Hyundai Palisade not solely seems to have what it takes to strike concern within the coronary heart of class stalwarts, it may sway a number of luxury-brand consumers, too.

Genesis wants its personal model of the Palisade, and it could’t come rapidly sufficient.

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