Make it happen, Hyundai.
Hyundai's N Performance division has been on a roll lately. After unleashing the Veloster N hot hatchback, Hyundai is working on a high-performance Kona N, which was recently spied undergoing testing. Reports have also suggested the Elantra sedan is getting the N performance treatment. But what about the Hyundai Palisade?
Hyundai doesn't have any plans to build a high-performance version of its flagship SUV, but the Korean automaker has shown us what a hypothetical Palisade N could look like in a render shared on the Hyundai N Instagram page. Clearly, someone at Hyundai N has a lot of spare time on their hands during self-isolation.
Thanks to its new side skirts with red accents, large air intakes, a front splitter, and a larger roof spoiler, the proposed Hyundai Palisade N looks far more aggressive than the standard SUV. Under the hood, the regular Hyundai Palisade packs a 3.8-liter V6 engine with 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. With this setup, the luxury SUV will sprint from 0-62 mph in 7.2 seconds.
Hyundai hasn't said which engine could power a hardcore Palisade N, but we can imagine it sharing the same 3.5 twin-turbo V6 as the Genesis GV80 and G80.
In the GV80, this unit produces 380 hp and 391 lb-ft, which would allow Hyundai to compete with the Ford Explorer ST. For comparison, the Explorer ST utilizes a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with 400 hp and 415 lb-ft. If it entered production, the Hyundai Palisade N would be more expensive than the regular version, which starts at $31,775.
As well as the Palisade N, Hyundai has also shared some renders showing what a Nexo N hot hatchback could potentially look like. Considering the Nexo is an eco-friendly hydrogen-powered SUV, it's even less likely to get the N treatment, but it's still fun to imagine what it could look like.