After months of waiting and some crumbs along the way, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is finally here.
Move over, Santa Fe. It’s time to make way for a new three-row SUV: the all-new 2020 Hyundai Palisade. While the new Santa Fe is strictly a two row affair, this car has come along to offer customers a fresh three-row option. It’s big, it’s spacious, and it has some chunky design features, but what else is there to the new Palisade? Fortunately, the company just officially revealed the car at the 2018 LA Auto Show. Now we have the opportunity to dive in and find out more about Hyundai’s range-topping SUV.
According to Mike O’Brien, VP of Product Planning, “the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade clearly evokes design imagery worthy of Hyundai’s flagship SUV, with new levels of all-road, all-weather capability, technology, safety, roominess and efficiency, all packaged in cutting-edge design.”
What that entails is an SUV that’s 196.1 inches long, 77.8 inches wide, and 68.9 inches tall, with a 114.2-inch wheelbase. That’s substantially bigger than the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe, and is even larger than the last-generation model, now called the Santa Fe XL. In fact, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is 3.0 inches longer, 3.6 inches wider and 2.4 inches taller than the Santa Fe XL. Since it is so large, it also has similar legroom and more cargo space than the Toyota Highlander. It also tops the Honda Pilot, Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder on interior legroom.
Under the hood of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is not, as we originally believed, a 3.3-liter V-6. Instead, it’s a 3.8-liter V-6 engine with 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the old Santa Fe, this engine comes mated to a new eight-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system is also on offer with Normal, Sport, Smart and Snow modes. Snow mode is new to the Hyundai Palisade, while it also retains its locking center-differential function.
On the technology front, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade offers up a 10.0-inch infotainment display. You also get seven USB outlets, second-row ventilated seats and an available heads-up display (HUD). There’s even a “Drive Talk” in-car intercom system that allows the driver to communicate with either the second or third row separately. It also features a Rear Sleep Mode that mutes the rear speakers, while the driver can still listen to music in the front.
Hyundai has always been strong in offering safety features, and the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is no exception. You get Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear-Cross Traffic Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Smart Cruise Control – all standard. That’s a lot of assistance baked into all Palisade models.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will go on sale in the summer of 2019. Pricing isn’t available yet, but will be announced closer to launch. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more updates! Subscribe to TFLcar and TFLnow for more coverage from the 2018 LA Auto Show.