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LA 2018: Hyundai Unveils The Palisade, Its New Flagship 8-Seater SUV

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LA 2018: Hyundai Unveils The Palisade, Its New Flagship 8-Seater SUV

Hyundai has introduced its new flagship premium three-row Palisade SUV to global media at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Produced in Ulsan, Korea, the Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis with exceptional second- and third-row roominess coupled with generous cargo area and reconfiguration flexibility.

All set to go on sale in the U.S in mid-2019, the Palisade eight-seater SUV’s key exterior features include a wide and striking cascading grille, full LED headlamps with DRLs, an extended hood profile, a panoramic rear glass coupled with a cutaway roof, 20-inch alloy wheels, 0.33 coefficient of drag (Cd), a rear spoiler side garnish, and an optimized front cooling area with an extended internal air guide, aero underside panels, and rear wheel aero deflectors.

The interior offers a generous dose of Nappa leather upholstery, while on the instrument panel, smooth woodgrain trim in a wraparound interior design create a spacious, comfortable ambience.

The One-Touch second row seat allows for one-touch operation of the seat forward and out of the way for easy access into and out of the third-row seat. For more convenience, the third row offers power-folding/unfolding and reclining seats. Second-row captain’s chairs are also available with ventilated seating surfaces.

Every Palisade seating row offers USB outlets for convenience for all passengers, for a total of seven available USB outlets. Even more, a conversation mirror allows the driver to clearly see passengers in the rear.

The Palisade also offers a class-exclusive Blind View Monitor that complements the standard Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, which provides easy-to-see body-side views whenever the turn signal is activated.

The audio and navigation display is a generous 10.25-inch touchscreen in widescreen format, coupled with a 12.3-inch fully-digital TFT center instrument cluster offering various view modes and differentiated drive mode illumination.

Two Bluetooth devices can be connected simultaneously, with one for a mobile phone connection and the other for audio streaming.

The single instrument panel gauge cluster integrated with navigation offers exceptional legibility and ease of use, coupled with an available head-up display feature.

Centre console innovations such as shift-by-wire controls free up valuable control space for the features drivers use most. The shift-by-wire system also includes automatic park logic that shifts the vehicle into park when the engine is off and the driver opens the door.

The Palisade also features an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that can provide a focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers. This new diffuser vent design provides quieter rear air conditioning airflow, draft-free operation, more uniform distribution of air, and the capability for a focused stream of air whenever desired.

On top of these features, the list of tech offered in the Palisade comprises Hyundai’s latest navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, wireless charging, Infinity audio system with Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology, a Heads-Up Display (HUD), a full-colour TFT LCD display, a Driver Talk in-car intercom system with rear seat conversation and sleep modes, and a Rear Sleep Mode that allows the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without that same audio being transmitted to the second- and third-row audio speakers, so that potentially sleeping passengers will not be disturbed.

Powering the Palisade is a 3.8-litre V6 engine with dual CVVT and direct-injection, producing 291 PS and 355 Nm of torque. Paired to the engine is an eight-speed automatic transmission with a multi-plate torque converter which offers both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive configurations.

According to Hyundai, special efforts were made to reduce the level of NVH in the Palisade, with generous under-hood insulation, special sound-deadening carpets, and powertrain tuning.

Safety features on the other hand, include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Following Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.

Last but not the least, the Palisade will be available in a number of exterior colors, including Beckets Black, White Cream, Lagoon Silver, Steel Graphite, Sierra Burgundy, Moonlight Cloud, and Forest Rain, with interior combinations featuring unique molding accent colors tailored to the exterior combination.

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