Hyundai Palisade is a full-size, family SUV that’s offered as a seven- or eight-seater. It’s aimed at buyers of large SUVs who want a more car-like driving experience than a body-on-chassis 4WD can provide.

Right-hand drive Palisade as sold here was developed primarily for Australia, with a focus on our unique tastes and conditions.

Two grades are on offer with a choice of a 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine with front-wheel drive, or a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with all-wheel drive. Both drive through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The range-opening Palisade has a seven-inch full LCD Supervision instrument cluster, and a 10.25-inch satellite navigation unit.

Leather upholstery is standard. It has a power-adjustable driver’s seat, three-zone air-conditioning and Infinity premium audio.

There are six airbags, including side curtain airbag protection for all three rows, as well as a range of SmartSense technologies. These include multi-function Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist systems.

The top-of-the-range Palisade Highlander has Nappa leather upholstery with a suede headlining, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and 8-way power adjustable passenger seat.

The front seats are heated and cooled, with the comfort of a heated steering wheel. Second row seats offer heating, with the seven-seater adding ventilation.

There’s a dual-panel wide sunroof with tilt function, wireless (Qi standard) smartphone charger, Head-Up Display (HUD), a powered hands-free tailgate, and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Highlander also adds a Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM) and a Surround View Monitor (SVM).

“We’re pleased to introduce all-new Palisade large SUV as the flagship of the Hyundai range, featuring the perfect blend of smart technologies and luxury features,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, Mr Jun Heo.

“With seven or eight seats and advanced HTRAC AWD, all-new Palisade delivers a stylish, safe and comfortable SUV experience for the whole family, with superb capabilities on and off the road.

Hyundai Palisade 3.8 GDI 2WD: $60,000
Hyundai Palisade 2.2 CRDI AWD: $64,000
Hyundai Palisade Highlander 3.8 GDI 2WD: $71,000
Hyundai Palisade Highlander 2.2 CRDI AWD: $75,000
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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