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In November 2018, a new flagship 8-seat SUV from Hyundai was presented at the Los Angeles motor show. Production of the crossover in South Korea was established in December, and the demand for the car exceeded all expectations: the queue stretched for a year, and in a couple of months about 12 thousand Palisades were sold. In 2006, Hyundai mastered the then-popular class of mid-size crossovers, releasing the ix55 model (Veracruz in some markets), built on the Santa Fe platform. The car lasted on the Assembly line for 6 years (2006-2012), and was replaced by the “bloated” Grand Santa Fe. After another 6 years, the Koreans finally presented the successor to the ix55 — Hyundai Palisade, named after the prestigious residential area in Los Angeles-Pacific Palisades (Pacific Palisades), located between the mountains of Santa Monica and the Pacific ocean.

The design of the Palisade is as American as possible: a square profile, swollen arches and a huge “grill” of the radiator grille with a large Hyundai brand logo. At a glance, the new Palisade can easily be confused with the Cadillac Escalade. In the database, the new product is equipped with 18-inch disks, and optionally you can order 20-inch ones.

The new flagship boasts a very decent drag coefficient for such a “suitcase” (0.33 Cx.), fully led optics, the ability to choose the speed of opening the fifth door (4.5 or 6 seconds), ceiling deflectors in the rear of the cabin and the Blind View Monitor system. The latter, when the “turn signal” is turned on, displays an image from the side rear-view cameras on the display located between the analog speedometer and tachometer.

The American Institute of road safety insurance awarded the new product from Hyundai the title of Top Safety Pick+ for high performance in the crash test and an extensive complex of active and passive safety systems Hyundai Smart Sense, including adaptive cruise control, front and rear collision prevention system, lane keeping system, etc.

In America, the Palisade is sold exclusively with a 3.8-liter V6 petrol naturally aspirated engine (295 HP, 355 Nm, 7.7 sec 0-100 km/h, 10.4 l/100 km), which is put on the Genesis G90. In Korea, it also offers a four-cylinder turbo-diesel unit with a volume of 2.2 liters (202 HP, 441 Nm, 10.5 sec 0-100 km/h, 7.5 l/100 km). Both engines are equipped with an 8-speed hydro-mechanical “automatic” with push-button control (instead of the usual selector), which automatically turns on the Parking mode when the engine is turned off or when one of the doors is opened. Drive options: front or full HTRAC with center coupling control and powertrain with different driving modes.

The original interior of the Palisade can be finished in both light and dark nappa leather. All seats are equipped with electric adjustment drives, and the first two rows are also equipped with ventilation. As many as 16 Cup holders and 7 USB ports are scattered around the cabin, as well as several microphones that will allow passengers in the last row to communicate with the driver without raising their voices. They are also provided with a Rear Sleep system that will turn off the speakers for their restful sleep, while the driver can continue to enjoy the sound of the Harman Kardon audio system.

The volume of the trunk with the third row spread out is 509 liters. By pressing the button, you can fold it using electric drives and get 1297 liters of usable space.

Foreign colleagues who have already managed to ride the brand new Palisade, note the high smoothness of the ride (even on 20-inch wheels) and a very pleasant interior for the class of “non-premium” crossovers. The palisade did not work on light off-road terrain, easily coping with the exit to sandy and snow-covered areas. The disadvantages are the thoughtful behavior of the 8-speed automatic transmission when trying to accelerate sharply, as well as insufficient acoustic comfort at high speeds.