The automaker from South Korea ventures into the market segment that it never tried to compete in before as marked by the launch of the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. With its premier at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018, Hyundai Palisade is a 3-row, 8-seater gargantuan SUV that is expected to make large sales volumes all over the world, specifically in the United States.
The Atkinson-cycle 3.8-L V6 direct injected engine powers up the Palisade and delivers 291 horsepower at 6,000 rpm with an estimated torque of 262 lb-ft or 355 Nm. All this power gets sent through the 8-speed automatic transmission with multi-plate torque converter which can get paired with HTRAC 4-wheel and 2-wheel drive configurations alike.
The Palisade is set to keep up with the industry’s finest.
As compared to other rivals such as the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, and Nissan Pathfinder, the Palisade has an edge over them when it comes to torque and peak power apart from the Pilot with the same torque figure. To ensure good stability and comfort, Hyundai outfitted Palisade with 18” wheels as well as 245/60 tires as standard while providing 20” shoes with an option of 245/50 rubber. Some parts like rear carriers and front steering knuckles are made of aluminum while the lightened front low arms were developed to minimize unsprung weight.
All models of 2020 Hyundai Palisade come with a range of safety features as the standard. Rear Occupant Alert is an optional safety feature. It uses ultrasonic sensor to detect pets and child movement in rear seats and reminds the drivers to check rear seats whenever exiting the car. If it detects movements after driver leaves the car, it’ll honk and would send an alert to the smartphone of the owner. Aside from that, Hyundai Palisade comes with 7 airbags as the standard.