The Hyundai Santa Fe isn't a small crossover. It's good for carrying 7 people and their luggage after all. But what if you want something even bigger? Hyundai has responded to that question with the introduction of the 2020 Palisade, their biggest crossover yet.
Aimed squarely at the likes of the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9, and Honda Pilot, the Palisade measures in at nearly five meters long. From the outside, the look follows that of Hyundai's current design language, meaning a bold Y-shaped grill, high-mounted LED daytime running lights, and headlights mounted on the bumper. It's the same concept employed in the Kona and Santa Fe. The difference with the Palisade is that the front end is more upright than its smaller stablemates.
Its size is further emphasized when viewed from the side. Long doors, coupled with tall windows, make it appear imposing. Defined lines along the fenders, doors, and quarter panels add a bit of character to the Palisade's flanks, and a chrome strip on the top of the windows adds some brightwork. Meanwhile at the back, it has a rounded off tailgate, complemented by a pail of vertical tail lights. Also, the spoiler is integrated to the tailgate's windshield.
Inside, front passengers are greeted by a free-standing infotainment screen, which seams into the vehicle's instrument cluster. Speaking of which, the cluster is a mix of analogue and digital with traditional gauges and a large multi-info display in between them. It also has an adaptation of the Santa Fe's wraparound dash design plus a wide center console. The Palisade also packs a push-button gear selector, getting rid of the traditional lever.
Because of its size, Hyundai claims that the full-sized crossover can fit eight passengers, thanks to its wide third-row seats. It also has seven USB charging ports covering all rows of seats, along with 16 cupholders to keep everyone aboard the Palisade well hydrated. There's also a head-up display, intercom system, power folding seats, and adaptive cruise control.
There is only one engine option available. The Palisade is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 making 291 PS and 355 Nm of torque. It is then linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and it sends power to all four wheels.
The Palisade will be made in South Korea but it is yet to be known if it will be offered in markets outside of North America.