In 2018, Hyundai took a bold step by unveiling their mid-size SUV, the Palisade, which eclipsed their previous top-tier model, the Santa Fe. With a wheelbase of 2900mm and height of 1750mm, its a bona fide eight-seater that is intended to stand out on the road.
The predominant front grille is littered with scale-type accents and an intricate lighting system,which makes it hard to mistake on the road. There are two small circular lights that are positioned vertically, with another thin strip of horizontal light placed above it. These two are encompassed in a LED light, which is shaped like a reversed ‘c’. It was as though the designers asked themselves, how could they futureproof this vehicle, and then they came up with the exterior. It is definitely something bold and intended to make a statement, with 20-inch factory rims that have aggressive designs.
The character lines are pronounced around the wheel arches, and with a ground clearance of 203mm, it gives the vehicle an overall dominant look on the road.
An interior that stands out Once the doors are opened, things are taken up a notch, as it exudes sophistication and status, clearly putting it in line with luxury brands like Mercedes Benz and BMW. Equipped with NAPA leather seats that have ventilation, to apply cool air to the mid and upper back, this sets the tone for what to expect .
The gear selection for the 2.2-litre engine are buttons, rather than the traditional lever. For some time now, this has been the preferred choice for the premium models of high-end vehicles, like some of the Audi brands. It does take some getting used to, but the transmission is very responsive, which helps the motor skills to adapt faster. The uniqueness doesn’t stop there as the park break is a small toggle on the dashboard.
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