The 2020 Hyundai Palisade SUV has been spied testing ahead of its anticipated debut in early 2019.
The new three-row SUV is being jointly developed alongside the new Kia Telluride. Hyundai previewed the SUV’s styling with the debut of the Grandmaster concept at the 2018 Busan Motor Show earlier this year, and these spy shots make the relation between the two pretty clear. The Palisade’s large grille, as seen in these photos, will set it apart from the more slickly styled Telluride. The Hyundai variant will also get narrow headlights joined by large fog lights mounted lower on the front fascia – very similar to the 2019 Santa Fe. We’re also expecting the Palisade to borrow some of the Santa Fe’s interior equipment and technology.
Powering the Palisade should be Hyundai’s 3.3-liter V6 engine and eight-speed automatic transmission, which will most likely be paired with all-wheel drive – although we expect front-wheel drive to be standard. The 3.3-liter V6 makes 290 hp in other Hyundai applications, which should be plenty in the Palisade. The closely related Kia Telluride concept made 400 hp from a 3.5-liter V6 and electric motor, so if a hybrid Palisade ever comes about, it could produce a similar amount of power using the 3.3-liter engine.
It’s not clear if the Palisade will ever spawn a Genesis luxury variant, though this does seem like a bit of a no-brainer for Hyundai. After all, it will do battle with the Chevrolet Tahoe/Suburban and Ford Expedition when it arrives in 2019, which are both offered in luxury guise in the way of the GMC Yukon/Yukon XL and Lincoln Navigator.
The production-ready 2020 Hyundai Palisade should debut sometime early next year. We’re expecting the Kia Telluride to be shown around the same time, but it may even pop up at the 2018 Los Angeles in November. Stay tuned for more information on Korea’s foray into the large three-row SUV market.
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