As expected, Hyundai's new flagship SUV is inspired by the HDC-2 Grandmaster Concept.
Last week, we finally learned the name of Hyundai’s upcoming flagship SUV. It’s called the Palisade and it will make its world debut at the LA Auto Show in just a few weeks. While the announcement didn’t include any teaser photos apart from a close-up of the badge, we already had a good idea what Hyundai’s new three-row SUV will look like thanks to previous spy shots of a camouflaged prototype.
However, we don’t have to wait until the LA Auto Show to get a clear look at the Palisade because the first official photo has been leaked by Russian website Auto Review.
As expected, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is heavily inspired by the HDC-2 Grandmaster Concept, which debuted at the Busan Motor Show earlier this year. It also adopts styling cues from the new Santa Fe, most notably the stacked headlights and prominent hexagonal grille. The side profile also looks similar to the Sante Fe, but the rear has been extended to accommodate the SUV’s three-row layout.
Hyundai says the Palisade is designed for growing families and features a spacious interior with seating for up to eight people, generous cargo space, premium materials, and intelligent safety features. The flagship SUV is also expected to share the same platform as the 2020 Kia Telluride, so we’re expecting it to share the Sorento’s 3.3-liter V6 that produces 290 hp and 252 lb-ft of torque.
The Palisade will certainly be an important model for Hyundai, as the automaker’s sales have fallen due to the lack of a large SUV in its current line-up. Since the first official photo has leaked, we shouldn't have to wait long for the official online reveal.