Meet the Palisade, Hyundai’s new flagship SUV, which just made its public debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With three rows of seats, an upscale interior and all the electronic gadgets today’s drivers expect, this utility vehicle should have everything it needs to compete with the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer and other popular midsize crossovers. Accordingly, it should have no issues taking the soon-to-be-retired Santa Fe XL’s place in the South Korean automaker’s lineup.
With seating for up to eight people and an overall length of about 196 inches, the Palisade lands in the heart of today’s utility-vehicle segment. Still, this is somewhat new ground for Hyundai. “For us it’s the largest SUV we’ve ever brought to market,” noted Mike O’Brien, vice president of product, corporate and digital planning at Hyundai Motor America.