The Palisade, the brand’s new local flagship, joined the long list of Hyundai SUVs (Creta, Kona, Venue and Santa Fe) when it was released locally in September 2021. The odd name is said to come from an area in Los Angeles called the Pacific Palisades.
The Palisade shares its underpinnings with the equally dramatically styled Kia Telluride. The massive front grille dominates the front-end while the slimline headlights connected by the lower lighting signature are central to the brand’s current design direction. The side profile with chunky doors, a straight shoulder line and a large rear glasshouse is reminiscent of many American SUVs, while the rear-end’s compact LED tail lamps and large ‘PALISADE’ badging round off the exterior.
At nearly 5.0-metres long, 1 975mm wide, 1 750 tall and with a wheelbase of 2 765mm, the Palisade is a very large vehicle, and its imposing looks suit those dimensions.
Standard feature highlights include a multifunction steering wheel, climate control, cruise control, keyless start/entry, front and rear electric windows, a dual sunroof, LED daytime running lights, front and rear Park Distance Control, second and third-row ISOFIX child seat anchor points,6 airbags and electrically adjustable heated and ventilated first and second-row leather seats.
The infotainment system features an 8.0-inch colour touchscreen with navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto functionality and a reverse camera. Sporting a 509-litre boot that extends to 1 297-litres with the third row of seats folded flat and a mammoth 2 447-litres with the second row folded too. With the 7-seat option, the second-row features two individual seats.
Powered by a 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 142kW and 440Nm and is paired with an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox that sends power to all four wheels.
The 7-seat Elite-spec unit is listed at R999 900 and comes with a 5-year/150 000km warranty and 7-year/200 000 mechanical warranty as well as a 7-year/105 000km service plan.
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