LOS ANGELES — Hyundai took the wraps off its all-new 2020 Palisade SUV at the Los Angeles Auto Show on Tuesday. The Palisade is named after the affluent Los Angeles neighborhood Pacific Palisades. The new flagship SUV will seat up to eight people and replaces the Santa Fe XL and the Veracruz.
The Palisade comes equipped with an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6, dual CVVT, direct-injected engine. It produces an estimated 291 horsepower and an estimated 262 lb.-ft. of torque. In addition, it features complimentary Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and voice guidance services.
“Today’s family comes in many different forms–that’s why we’re growing our own family of SUVs,” said Brian Smith, Hyundai’s chief operating officer. “A year ago, here at the LA Auto Show, we began a fluery of SUV launches with an entirely new model, the Hyundai Kona. This year, we really picked up the pace with five new SUV introductions. Next year, we’ll introduce another SUV model in yet another category. There’s no question about it–we’re in the SUV game, big time with one of the most advanced line-ups in the business.”
On the inside, Palisade has more interior first and second row legroom than Pilot, Pathfinder, and Explorer. It also has more cargo room behind the third row than Highlander, Pilot and Pathfinder. The new flagship SUV offers a power liftgate to access the rear cargo area with ease.
During its press conference, the Korean automaker featured some starpower from boyband BTS and YouTube stars Kyler and Mad. Both were featured in recorded segments that aired on large monitors for all to enjoy. Then, Madison Fisher came on stage to offer some additional insights on the new SUV.
“When Hyundai learned that we a had a third baby on the way, they shared a secret with us that we couldn’t talk about until today,” Fisher told the crowd. “That’s the Hyundai Palisade. I can totally seeing this be our new date night car. I really like these seats they’re so soft and quilted. Everywhere we looked, we kept finding these compartments and hideaways. There was a spot for the girls toys and books. You can get in the third row with just one button. Even the third row has power reclining seats. It’s got USB’s in every row. They’re everywhere.”
The Palisade will compete with the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse. Look for the new Palisade to go on sale in mid-2019. It will be manufactured at Hyundai’s facility in Ulsan, Korea. Pricing has not yet been announced.
On Wednesday, the 2019 Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric CUV models were finalists for the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. The winners will be announced during the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
For more information about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, visit https://www.hyundaiusa.com/palisade/index.aspx