The Palisade is an all-new model that will take its position at the helm of Hyundai’s line-up as its flagship SUV. It will be considerably longer, wider and taller than the Santa Fe which went on sale last year and is currently Hyundai’s largest offering in this market. With striking lines and seating for up to eight passengers, the Palisade is aimed at the large three-row, eight-seat SUV segment.

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The SUV rides on an all-new chassis, and provides exceptional second- and third-row roominess, generous cargo area, and reconfiguration flexibility. Its styling conveys dignity with style worthy of a flagship SUV. Anchoring the front end is a dominant, bold and wide cascading grille, flanked by composite headlamps and a vertically-connected forward lighting signature. An extended front overhang lends it impressive road presence, with bold C-pillars and panoramic glass areas add an aura of roominess.

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The interior, offering seating for up to eight and generous cargo space, also gets powered rear seats for easy access to the third row. The Palisade is also packed with the latest technology features including a class-exclusive Blind View Monitor which provides easy-to-see body-side views whenever the turn signal is activated, and complements the standard Blind Spot Collision Avoidance Assist. The audio and navigation display is a substantial 10.25 inch touchscreen in widescreen format, coupled with a 12.3-inch fully-digital TFT centre instrument cluster offering various view modes. Two Bluetooth devices can be connected simultaneously, with one for a mobile phone connection and the other for audio streaming. It also comes equipped with Hyundai’s latest navigation system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, as well as an available Qi wireless charging pad for compatible Android and Apple devices. Adding to the upscale ambience of the cabin is a premium sound system featuring Clari-Fi and QuantumLogic Surround Sound technology. It’s also one of the very few models in this class to offer Head-Up Display, which projects important information onto the windshield, helping the driver keep his or her eyes on the road. Another interesting feature in the Palisade is the Driver Talk in-car intercom system, which allows the driver to communicate separately with the second and/or third rows of the vehicle via the audio system in a conversation mode. In addition to these, a Rear Sleep Mode allows the driver’s row to listen to their selected audio without the sound 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, dual CVVT, direct-injected engine that produces an estimated 295 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and an estimated 355Nm of torque @ 5,000 rpm. This unit is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission with a multi-plate torque converter, and is available in both two-wheel and HTRAC four-wheel-drive configurations. The AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles with driver-selectable Normal, Sport and Smart modes helping provide confident control in all weather conditions. Front and rear suspension width is maximized for enhanced roll stiffness and stability, with lightweight components helping improve responsiveness.

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Safety has also been given high priority in the Palisade, with the SUV offering a number of advanced technologies as standard, including 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.

As it goes on sale, the Palisade is sure to give many of the established players in this segment a run for their money.

To book a test drive, head to https://www.hyundai-uae.com/en/build-a-car/palisade.php