Hyundai Palisade Gets Even More Classed-Up


Hyundai’s Palisade separates itself from Kia’s Telluride, at least in terms of appearance, by being the more “urban”, stylistically speaking, of the two.

The former looks boxy and rugged, while the latter has curves that evoke urban luxury — at least to this author’s eye.*

*That’s an honest assessment. No Hyundai rep is holding me hostage and making me use marketing speak like “evoke.” I don’t have to blink twice to show you I’m OK, I’m fine. Seriously.

Ahem. Use of PR prattle aside, the Palisade does have an upscale-yet-downtown feel to its looks, in my humble opinion. So it follows that the next one would keep the overall them while freshening its duds.

Since the Palisade and Telluride are platform mates, some of the changes listed below will look familiar from today’s earlier post. That said, the changes are fewer in number and a bit more cosmetic in nature than those that affect the Telluride — there is no increased ground clearance or towing, for example.

Changes include but are not limited to: A new front and rear fascia, new front grille, new headlights and DRLs, a new alloy-wheel design, auto-dimming sideview mirrors, a new instrument panel (including gauges and audio interface), new steering wheel, new seating surfaces and materials, new driver’s seat (hopefully less smelly), heated third-row seats, a 12-inch screen for navigation, digital rearview mirror, Wi-Fi hotspot, digital key for iPhone and Android, quicker-charging USB-C ports, quicker wireless charging for devices, and a new Tow Mode for AWD vehicles.

A new XRT (not WXRT, to my fellow Chicagoans) adds or includes 20-inch wheels, different front and rear fascias, dark-finish grille, black roof rails, sunroof, and leatherette seats.

So we guess there’s some new ruggedness, after all.

[Images: Hyundai, © 2022 Tim Healey/TTAC]

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