The largest Hyundai SUV ever made its official debut at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show. According to the Korean automaker, the bold-looking crossover that counts up to three rows and 8 seats is here to replace the Santa Fe XL. From our point of view, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade isn’t XL’s successor at all, because it offers a lot more than the stretched version of the Santa Fe.
Compared to the outgoing XL, the all-new Palisade offers 3 extra inches of length, while the wheelbase adds 4 inches. This way, the carmaker managed to make a comfortable third row that gets 31.4 inches of legroom and the class-leading second row that boasts over 40 inches of legroom. SUV’s cargo is limited to 18 cubic feet with all three rows upright, but it offers 46 cubes with the third row folded down. It’s important to mention that the carmaker didn’t manage all of this just with the extra inches between wheels. No, in addition to the 114.2 wheelbase the 8-seat SUV is also 3.6 inches wider.
Passengers will have two cupholders per person and seven USB ports (not bad at all). While the second-row bench comes as a standard part of every Palisade, the potential buyers can get optional captain’s chairs. Of course, the combo reduces seating capacity for one place.
The SUV offers a 10.3-inch touchscreen and 12.3-inch TFT cluster. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, as well as a head-up display and wireless charging.
Hyundai SmartSense safety suit is standard and offers an array of useful features including automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, active lane control, and adaptive cruise control. There is also a quite useful driver attention warning and an alert that sounds immediately if a child is left in the back seat. The system not only fires a warning sound, but it also sends a warning to your phone. The automaker hasn’t stopped here. No, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade has been paired with an amazing Safe Exit Assist system. The feature relies on “blind spot” radar and locks a door if the second vehicle is passing by the door.
Up front, the large SUV sports a pair of interesting vertical headlights and even more awesome cascading grille, while the rear end has been occupied by a set of LED taillights. 18-inch wheels are standard, but the carmaker offers optional 20-inch alloys.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has been motivated by a 3.8-liter V-6 Atkinson engine that delivers 291 hp at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb-ft of torque at 5,200 rpm. The Atkinson cycle is here to boost fuel economy numbers for which we expect at least 20/27/23 mpg. The interesting mill is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that feeds either front- or all-wheel drive.
Hyundai’s all-new large SUV will become available next summer. The automaker hasn’t released any pricing info so far, but we think it’s going to start at around $32K.