Despite the auto industry becoming increasingly globalized there are some segments where vehicles tend to look different here in North America from much of the rest of the world. The most obvious area is pickup trucks, but some of our domestic crossovers and SUVs also have a distinctly American flavor. Even so, North American consumers still buy loads of models from foreign brands like Hyundai. The South Korean automaker now looks to be making a very smart move with an all-new flagship SUV with styling that looks decidedly North American, but not enough to stop it having equally large appeal in markets all over the world. The model in question is called the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, and it’s going to be a replacement for the current Santa Fe XL. Here’s a little of what we know about it so far.

What exactly is the Palisade?

When it eventually arrives in showrooms around the middle of this year, the Hyundai Palisade will be the largest and most premium crossover in the Hyundai family. This new flagship for the Hyundai portfolio is all-new in every way, even to the point where it is built on a totally new platform. It will be a three-row luxury crossover SUV capable of seating up to eight people and will be the closest thing to a full-blown luxury model this side of the company’s dedicated luxury offshoot brand.


The exterior styling is important because the Palisade doesn’t really look like any other model in the Hyundai lineup, including the Tucson, Santa Fe and Kona crossovers. It has quite a flat-faced front fascia with an over-sized grille which has a decidedly American feel about it, but the rest of the vehicle is as nicely shaped as it’s probably possible to get with a vehicle of these proportions and this much practicality.


Although looking the part is essential for a large SUV like the Palisade, the interior is what really sorts the good from the not-so-good in this segment. The interior of the Palisade is big, really big, but it’s also beautifully laid out to make the absolute most of every cubic inch. As well as being very spacious the interior is also very stylish, and higher trim levels even border on opulent with quilted and stitched seats and a raft of premium features. And as far as being family friendly is concerned, what more do you need to know other than the fact there are no less than 16 cup holders inside the Hyundai?


Different markets around the world will get different engines under the hood of the Palisade, and it’s pretty safe to say the 2.2-litre diesel isn’t going to be featuring over here. Instead, North American buyers will be offered the new model with a much more appropriate 3.8-liter V-6 developing 291 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. All engines will come mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and front-wheel drive will be the standard drivetrain format with all-wheel drive an available option at every trim level.

To be kept up-to-date about the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and to be first in line for a test drive when it arrives, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today here at Mississauga Hyundai, the number one choice Hyundai dealer in Mississauga, ON.