It has been a rough couple of years for Hyundai of America, but the automaker's crossover stacked product strategy now…
It has been a rough couple of years for Hyundai of America, but the automaker’s crossover stacked product strategy now carries fruit. It is not alone in this. The addition of new tool models like subcompact Kona helped the brand boast sales, which gave significant monthly sales gains in 2018, just like the big Ascent crossover, helped keep rival Subaru at a good sales level.
While changing Hyundai’s car fleet is the big vehicle that fills both coupons and fantasies, and the Korean brand needs a big (but not too big) tricky tool to boost sales and profits in North America. Hyundai knows Palisade is just the ticket. In fact, you already forget Santa Fe XL nameplate when you read this.
The Palisade was hardly secret when Hyundai blasted our name earlier this month. Neither was the midsize crossover design previewed, not only by the highly-named HDC-2 Grandmaster concept released earlier this year in South Korea, but by the all-new 2019 Santa Fe that replaced Santa Fe Sport
Hyundai transports Hyundai much of the lesser design language on a larger screen. Its square rigs, relentless two-box proportions make its predecessor look like a marshmallow, but does not fall to turn the new vehicle into a Korean Tahoe. Here are curves that are most remarkable in the disposition of the thick-framed gallery.
The word “bold” can not be repeated more than once in the automaker’s writing. There is no accident.
Get three-row transitions deserve to be called groundbreaking, and Palisades does not count among the rare choices. The model is still striking enough to motivate attention that would not be the subject of its mere predecessor. At the front, the intersection is distributed with a traditional lighting radius, which prefers a Kona-esque slit setting with headlight on the bottom, transmits the signals at the top and visible LED runner lights running at the face of the face. A strong line of high character connects the headlamps to the tail lights, giving the feeling that you put the strength of the crossover flanks while the protruding fender bends give increased muscle strength. Meanwhile, the chrome float trim at the top of the door frames and cascades down the C-pillar.
Does it hit the vehicle? Perhaps, maybe not, but it helps to break up the wall.
For the real muscle, palisade’s specs seem safe. Underneath the hood, a lone power plant – Hyundai Instant Injection, Atkinson Bike generates 3.8-liter V6 – 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft torque. These figures are stacked well against rival sex cylinders, including GM’s 3.6-liter V6. Power goes forward or all four wheels through an eight speed automatically.
Compared to other top selling three-row transitions, the palisade is in mid-pack-pack in length (196.1 inches) and close to the top of its class in the form of wheelbase (114.2 inches, tied to Nissan Pathfinder and behind Ford Explorer). The load volume behind the rear seat is 18 cubic feet, or 45.8 cubics with the third row folded. Hyundai definitely you want to know that the palisade is bigger in all exterior dimensions than the Toyota Highlander, like Santa Fe XL.
Yessir … this is definitely a crossover marketed to Americans.
While no-one expects Palisade buyers to go too far, the model’s HTRAC reel drive system adds a snow mode to the existing list of normal, sport and smart modes. Automaker claims that the system has a wide range of rear torque distribution than other AWD systems, but without details this should not be treated as a gospel.
In terms of convenience, each of the seven (not eight, remember) passengers get a USB plug-in. Sixteen cup holders populate Palisade’s ornate interior. The front passenger, driver and passenger on the front seats find a 10.25 inch infotainment touchscreen while the driver is looking at a 12.3-inch digital metering cluster. A head-up monitor projects relevant information on the windscreen for those who want to see more.
As the name Palisade develops images of light coastal life, the vehicle’s Driver Talk intercom system tries to talk a breeze. There are two modes for this system: reverse call and sleep mode. The previous feature allows the driver to communicate with the passengers in the second or third row via the audio system, while hibernation ensures that the rear seat passengers do not need to hear the front seats duo’s songs.
] Security? There is a cradle of it, the standard. The list includes forwarding assistant with pedestrian detection, blind spot collision assistant, tracking assistant, rear traffic monitoring safety assistant, safe exit assistant (which sounds alert if there is a vehicle that is approaching a door that will be opened), high beam assist, driver attention warning and smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.
In terms of cost, it must remain a mystery until closer to the palisade’s sales date. Crossover, who carries much of Hyundai’s American hopes on its burly shoulders, comes to retailers next summer.
[Images: Hyundai Motor America]