Three years ago, the Hyundai Palisade was revealed as the South Korean brand’s flagship SUV that slots in right above the Santa Fe. Initially, the model was exclusive to the North American market but the large crossover has now been introduced into South Africa.
The model added to the local configurator is the Hyundai Palisade R2,2 Elite 8AT AWD which is available in a seven- or eight-seater configuration. Both variants have been priced at R999 900. Included in this is a turbodiesel 2,2-litre four-pot with a power output of 142 kW and 440 N.m of torque. This gives it a 0-100 km/h time of 10,25 seconds and a top speed of 190 km/h.
The Hyundai Palisade is a rather large product with its body boasting an overall length of 4 980 mm, width of 1 975 and height, including roof rails, of 1 750 mm. The 2 900 mm wheelbase allows the cabin to accommodate three rows of seats. A ground clearance of 203 mm affirms its SUV status.
Key standard features included in the Hyundai Palisade are electrically adjustable seats for the driver and passenger with heating and cooling functionalities as well adjustable lumbar supports. Climate control with vents for the second and third row is included as well. On the dashboard sits an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system connected to six speakers while the driver will have access to a seven-inch supervision TFT display. A partitioned glass roof accentuates a spacious cabin experience.
Safety features are conclusive with airbags provided for the driver and passenger along with side and curtain coverage. This is further enhanced by a standard cruise control system and park assist with a rear facing camera and cross traffic alert.
The Hyundai Palisade comes standard with a five-year/150 000 km manufacturer’s warranty and an additional two-year/50 000 km powertrain warranty together with a seven-year/105 000 km service plan.