The Palisade is the biggest and the brashest SUV from Hyundai and now it gets an extensive mid-life facelift along with a generous helping of technology and luxury. The new 8-seater Palisade is a massive SUV and now also sports an equally gigantic grille albeit with the same design philosophy as its smaller sized siblings like the Tucson.
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The grille is now festooned with rectangular bars and has the same ‘pixelated’ pattern also seen on the Ioniq 5. The sheer girth and bulbous proportions have been sharpened up with lot of creases and cuts with no hint of curves at all. The slab-sided lines and the massive horizontal lights are also subtle nods at making the Palisade look more athletic while also disguising the visual bulk. Grey wheels and loads of chrome are further accompaniments with the 2023 Palisade.
Inside, the cabin has brought up to 2023 tech levels with USB-C ports, a huge 12-inch touchscreen with 720p resolution and new interior trim. The redesigned steering wheel seems to have taken inspiration from the Genesis models as well while you now get a WiFi hot spot along with a digital key system. Plus, like BMW’s remote-control function, you can now move the car forward/backward using just the key fob, thus playing out your 007 fantasies.
A suite of radar-based safety features has also been updated with the adaptive cruise control now linked with the navigation system while a highway-pilot system combines lane keep assist and adaptive cruise. Space continues to impress with the second-row seating getting comfier chairs along with more adjustability. Even the third-row now gets heating controls.
A hefty 3.8-litre V-6 engine continues to be the powertrain of choice for Palisade buyers in the US but here a 2.2-litre diesel is also thrown in for good measure. An All-wheel drive and an 8-speed automatic should also be offered in the Australia spec models too. Speaking of which, the 2023 Palisade should land on Australian shores by the end of this year. While the Kia Telluride has been conventionally the more handsome looking SUV over the radical but striking Palisade, the 2023 model considerably ups the luxury quotient and Hyundai has clearly thrown the kitchen sink with this one.