Hyundai’s last year, all-new, flagship Palisade SUV enters the new model year with no design or mechanical upgrades but there could be a new, top-tier trim as reports indicate. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade might get a new range-topping Calligraphy trim that is already available in the homeland market. The new trim, if reaches the US, would offer more premium features than the current near-luxury Limited trim.
The three-row, mid-size Palisade arrived on the market as the replacement for the Hyundai Santa Fe XL for the 2020 model year. The model has already earned a strong reputation among buyers. The Palisade scores are high on the interior comfort and standard equipment availability. The model’s standard engine provides also a great towing power. The new flagship Hyundai SUV offers also plenty of optional equipment.
2021 Hyundai Palisade: Design
The mid-size Hyundai Palisade shares the underpinning and powertrain with the Kia Telluride while two models have distinctive stylings. The Palisade debuted the brand’s new design philosophy previewed by the Hyundai Grandmaster Concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
The Hyundai Palisade has an imposing appearance defined by the dominating grille and chiseled body lines. The eye-catchy grille with honeycomb pattern is mixed with the split setup headlights and vertical LED daytime lights. The model has also a strong character line and squared-off fender flares.
The rear has similar pattern taillights as the front lights and sleek tailgate and rear bumper.
The 2021 Hyundai Palisade comes with the same styling attributes but there should be new wheel and color patterns. The new Calligraphy trim would also have unique design details.
The cabin of the Hyundai Palisade is treated with high-quality materials and loaded with modern tech features. The model hits the spot between the near-luxury and luxury. It has supportive seats and plenty of room in all three rows. The cargo capacity measures up to 87 cubic feet.
The Palisade comes well-equipped from the base version while the new Calligraphy trim would raise the stake with more premium features if it gets approval for the US market. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade range-topping trim would offer heated and ventilated seats mixed with Nappa leather on the seats and door panels and ambient lighting. The part of the deal would also be a 10.3-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and self-leveling suspension.
The current top-tier Limited version gets a dual sunroof, leather upholstery, a digital gauge cluster, Harman Kardon sound system, etc. The Limited gets also a surround-view cameras and blind-spot monitoring.
Standard safety equipment includes forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, a drowsy driver monitor and lane-keeping assist.
The base Palisade starts with the keyless entry, heated mirrors, push-button start, power-folding second row, etc. The entry-level trim gets also an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple Car Play and Android Auto compatibly, three USB ports, etc.
The mid-range version comes with the leather-warped steering wheel, dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, etc. Options for this trim are a wireless charging pad, power liftgate, self-leveling rear suspension, etc.
2021 Hyundai Palisade: Powertrain
The 2021 Hyundai Palisade might offer a new range-topping trim but the model will return with the single-engine option.
The Palisade relies on a 3.8-liter Atkinson Cycle gasoline Direct Injection V-8 engine. The V-8 unit is good for 291 hp and torque of 262 lb-ft. The transmission of choice is an 8-speed automatic unit. The front-wheel drive is standard. The all-wheel drive comes as an option.
The Palisade is confident while on the road. The handling and steering are satisfying. The Palisade accelerates to 60 mph in about 7.5 seconds. The model can tow up to 5, 000 pounds.
At EPA testing, the flagship Hyundai SUV earned 19 mpg city, 26 highway and 22 combined with the front-wheel drive. With the all-wheel drive, the model manages 19 mpg city, 24 highway and 21 combined.
2021 Hyundai Palisade: Release, Price
The next 2021 Hyundai Palisade should go on sale late in the year. The price range should again start at about $33,000. The current, range-topping Limited trim should cost around $46, 000. If the new, range-topping Calligraphy trim appears, it should start around $50,000.
The mid-size, three-row Palisade is the brand’s alliterative to some mega-sellers such as the Ford Explorer, Honda, Pilot and Chevy Traverse.