Hyundai's largest SUV just got even better.
The Hyundai Palisade debuted during the 2020 model year as the Korean automaker's largest and most luxurious SUV yet to replace the Hyundai Santa Fe XL. For the 2021 model year, Hyundai has added a new ultra-luxury Calligraphy model to the Palisade family that adds a host of new premium features. Based on the Limited trim, the Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy adds unique 20-inch alloy wheels, an exclusive front grille fascia, and exclusive front and rear LED lighting signatures. Other exterior enhancements include HTRAC badging for the AWD system and puddle lamps.
Inside, the Calligraphy's cabin is even more luxurious than the regular Palisade, fitted with quilted-leather door panels, a microfiber-suede headliner, a premium cargo sill protection plate, and a perforated leather steering wheel.
New mechanical enhancements include Hyundai's HTRAC AWD system with AWD lock, downhill brake control, and a snow mode. In addition, Hyundai has simplified the trim selections for the 2021 Palisade. For example, most of the tech in the Drive Guidance package, including a 10.25-inch navigation system, highway drive assist, SiriusXM radio, Blue Link, and the 'driver talk' in-car intercom system has been added to the Premium package and above.
Multiple device connection capability, HD radio and wireless smartphone connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have also been added to the SE model and above for vehicles without navigation, and LED headlights are now standard.
Additionally, Sunroof and LED map-interior lights have been added to the SEL model and above, and the trailer pre-wiring connectors have been upgraded from a four-pin connector to an enhanced seven-pin connector design. Rounding off the 2021 Hyundai Palisade updates is a premium melange headliner added to the Premium package. Being based on the Limited trim, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy is powered by a 3.8-liter V6 gasoline engine producing 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing hasn't been confirmed but expect the 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy to cost more than the Limited trim, which starts at $45,125. Sales for the 2021 Hyundai Palisade, including the new range-topping Calligraphy model, will begin in July, so we should find out the pricing details soon.