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The all-new 2019 Hyundai Palisade has been revealed at the Los Angeles motor show - and it makes a lot of sense, because North America is the primary target market for this all-new large SUV.
The Palisade sits above the Santa Fe model and - for now, at least - has been ruled out for Australia, as it is expected to be made in left-hand drive only.
The company’s new flagship SUV would offer Hyundai Australia a more family-focused rival against the likes of the Mazda CX-9, Toyota Kluger and Nissan Pathfinder - although the Santa Fe does pretty well for the brand in that regard.
At 4981mm long (on a 2900mm wheelbase), 1976mm wide and 1750mm tall, the Palisade is a decent step up from the Santa Fe model - 221mm longer, 86mm wider and 70mm taller. And it gets up to eight seats, rather than seven - yet in the US market, this is still considered a 'mid-size' SUV.
There’s a big boot capacity - according to US measurements (to the roof of the vehicle, not the window-line) there is about 510 litres of cargo area with the third-row seats up, and that increases to a sizeable 1297L with the third-row folded down.
The seats in the second and third rows are electronically operated, and there are rear climate controls and vents for all three rows. Up to seven USB ports will be offered.
If you don’t want eight seats, there’s a seven-seat layout with second-row captain’s chairs featuring heating/cooling. And third-row occupants can be scolded by the driver as there is a clever intercom-style microphone system.
Up front there is a 10.25-inch touchscreen media system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that has not only speed and info displays, but also acts as a display for a side-mounted camera for blind-spot monitoring.
The Palisade will need a decent amount of power to haul eight people and their luggage, and the 3.8-litre petrol direct-injection V6 engine should have things covered, with estimated outputs of 218kW/355Nm.
The engine runs on the Atkinson cycle, which should help it run efficiently - though no fuel consumption figures have been released.
The Palisade will be sold in front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and shifting gears will be a standard-fit eight-speed automatic transmission. You may note the lack of a gear shifter - that’s because there’s a shift-by-wire rotary dial controller.
For models with AWD, Hyundai’s 'H-Trac' system offers variable torque distribution - handy when using ‘Snow mode’ - and according to the brand there’s a locking differential, too. It rides on wheels up to 20 inches in diameter, and the design takes the twin-headlight look of the other models in the SUV line-up and pushes it to the extreme.
Stay tuned for any further news on Australia's chances of getting the Hyundai Palisade large SUV.