Korean manufacturer confirms name of new flagship SUV ahead of world debut on November 28.
Hyundai Motor America has issued a teaser for the upcoming 2020 Palisade, ahead of its official reveal at the Los Angeles motor show later this month.
Set to sit above the Santa Fe in the brand’s SUV line-up, the Palisade will offer up to eight seats across three rows, and is named after the Pacific Palisades – an “affluent and beautiful neighbourhood in Southern California”.
Following its world debut on November 28, the Palisade is scheduled to hit the North American market in the spring of 2019 (March-May) as a 2020 model.
The Palisade will likely replace the current Grand Santa Fe based on the previous-generation Santa Fe, and duke it out with various large SUVs like the Toyota Highlander (Kluger), Mazda CX-9 and Subaru Ascent in the North American market.
Hyundai’s new flagship crossover is believed to be a twin-under-the-skin to the upcoming Kia Telluride, too.
Full details will have to wait until the official reveal, but Hyundai’s US division has confirmed the Palisade will be available with the company’s latest technology and active safety features, and be kitted out with “premium materials and commodious cargo space”.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for our coverage of the Palisade’s reveal on November 28.
Hyundai’s local division has confirmed there are currently no plans to build the Palisade in right-hand drive, ruling it out for the time being.
The Australian arm did, however, indicate it has expressed strong interest in the new model.
Currently, the large SUV segment accounts for 11.7 per cent of the local new car market, accounting for 10,600 registrations for the month of October.
Hyundai’s own Santa Fe contributed 721 units to last month’s, placing fourth behind the Toyota Prado (1388), Toyota Kluger (1294) and Subaru Outback (728).
We can’t help but think the Palisade would bring the brand’s monthly output to around 1000 units in the large SUV segment, and it’s not like other manufacturers haven’t got two-pronged attacks on the market either – think CX-8/CX-9, Kluger/Prado, Acadia/Trailblazer, and Endura/Everest.