A fresh report out of Australia suggests Hyundai is considering producing its hefty Palisade in right-hand drive.
According to CarsGuide, talks around possible right-hand-drive production of the large SUV – which is currently built exclusively in left-hand drive – are ongoing.
"We’re in discussion with head office to see if right-hand drive will be possible for this generation," a Hyundai spokesperson told the Australian publication.
Hyundai Australia’s chief executive, JW Lee, previously confirmed to CarsGuide he was keen to launch a larger SUV Down Under.
“I have always wanted to include a bigger SUV in Australia. This bigger-size SUV market has quite strong demand, I think, in Australia. And not only in here, but also in some other markets, too," Lee said.
The Palisade was revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show in November, with the fresh-faced eight-seater assuming the role of flagship SUV in the Korean brand’s line-up.
Slotting in above the Santa Fe, the Palisade measures 4 981 mm long, 1 976 mm wide and 1 750 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2 900 mm. In the US, power comes from a 3,8-litre V6 petrol engine, although CarsGuide suggests the Santa Fe’s 2,2-litre turbodiesel would be a good fit for other markets.
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