Hyundai Prepares Palisade For Radical Refresh

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Another Hyundai is getting more radical design cues.

Hyundai is using out-of-the-box thinking to combat the chip shortage, and it's certainly necessary. Loads of new or refreshed models are on their way, and one of them is the Hyundai Palisade. We first saw spy shots of the updated SUV in Asia towards the end of October last year, but very little was apparent from these shots as the camouflage was extensive. Now, the Palisade is being tested near the Arctic Circle, and sadly, the copious camouflage has remained. Nevertheless, we have a clearer idea of what to expect than we did last year, and we can unpack the small details that are visible from our latest spy shots.

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We know that the updated Palisade will be getting a bigger front grille that integrates LED lighting, and it's quite likely that this will be executed in a similar manner to that of the Hyundai Tucson, which has already influenced another Hyundai SUV's design. As is becoming increasingly common, this Hyundai will once again feature split headlights, but it appears that the separation between the two sets of clusters will be greater than before, possibly with slimmer upper clusters. The upright taillights may also be slightly slimmer, but it appears that the overall shape will stay the same, as will the sharkfin C-pillar.

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As for the interior, we got our first look at it last year too. Hyundai's newest steering wheel design will feature, as will touch-sensitive controls for the climate control system. Infotainment is sure to get a look too, and safety will doubtless be bolstered, but we'll have to wait to see just how big these updates may be.

As for the powertrain, it's possible that Hyundai could introduce a hybrid variant, but this prototype shows no evidence of electrification, so again, we can only speculate. Sadly, we still have a long wait ahead of us before we confirm anything, as the updated Palisade is only expected to debut at the end of the year or early in 2023.

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