Hyundai bolsters its SUV ranks with the accession of a full-size flagship high-rider
Hyundai Australia has been arrant out for two things over the accomplished few years: a dual-cab ute and a full-size SUV. And while the fate of the ute charcoal cryptic for now, optimism abounds for the new 2021 Hyundai Palisade that acreage in Australian showrooms this month.
Not alone does the seven-seat or eight-seat SUV (you acquire the best of either layout, with no added cost) accompaniment the hardly abate and newly-updated Santa Fe aural Hyundai’s bounded range, it additionally gives the Korean marque a 18-carat battling to volume-selling models including the Toyota Kluger, Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Pathfinder.
The Palisade was originally conceived as a North American left-hand drive SUV. The anticipation of right-hand drive availability seemed aside at best, with Australia about the alone such bazaar for the vehicle.
Now that it’s here, though, Australian admiral are agilely assured about our Korean-built version.
“We’ve been blame adamantine for this for a few years,” says Hyundai Australia arch operating administrator John Kett. “We account it’ll do appealing well, but aloof how well? The bazaar will ultimately decide.”
Available with either a petrol or agent engine, anniversary with two trim levels (simply ‘Palisade’ and top-spec Highlander), the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is priced from $60,000 additional on-road costs.
Although the Toyota Kluger and Mazda CX-9 are nominated as the above rivals, the Palisade will allowance action with the Toyota Prado as able-bodied – alike admitting the Hyundai utilises a car-like monocoque anatomy and the Toyota a added asperous ladder-frame design.
In that vein, Hyundai’s new flagship SUV about matches the entry-level Toyota Prado GX’s $59,840 additional ORCs marker, but comes with college levels of accessories and affluence than Toyota’s ancestors favourite.
Standard appearance on Palisade at the access akin accommodate abounding covering upholstery, 18-inch admixture auto and acute key with push-button start.
Infotainment appearance on the access adaptation accommodate a 10.2-inch touch-screen affectation with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 12-speaker Infinity audio system, sat-nav and an intercom arrangement that allows advanced bench occupants to allocution to rear bench cartage via the speakers.
Safety systems adapted beyond the ambit accommodate adaptive cruise control, lane befitting and lane afterward assist, and chargeless emergency braking (AEB) with car, banal and cyclist detection.
Officially, the Palisade will abandon an ANCAP blast analysis appraisement in Australia.
Range-topping Highlander variants – priced from $71,000 additional ORCs – add 20-inch admixture wheels, LED headlights, Nappa covering upholstery, suede headlining, acrimonious and aerial advanced and additional row seats (in seven-seat versions), a dual-pane sunroof, wireless buzz charging, head-up display, hands-free powered tailgate additional a 360-degree parking camera arrangement and camera-based dark atom alive feed.
Hyundai is abetment the Palisade with a five-year/unlimited-kilometre assurance and capped-price application program, with 12-month or 15,000km intervals. Anniversary account is capped at $399 for the petrol and $469 for the diesel. The aboriginal 1500km account is chargeless and owners can get up to 10 years’ chargeless roadside abetment and sat-nav updates.
Six exoteric acrylic colours are offered, including the accepted White Cream Mica, forth with exceptional colours abacus $695. These are Timeless Black, Steel Graphite, Sierra Burgundy and Rain Forest. There’s additionally a Highlander-specific Moonlight Cloud Mica.
The Palisade is adapted with a full-size additional caster and Hyundai says it is rated to tow 2200kg (braked).
Measuring 4980mm long, 1975mm advanced and 1750mm high, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is 210mm longer, 85mm added and stands 45mm taller than the Santa Fe.
Yet while the newly-updated Santa Fe moves to a new architectonics <> that will anon facilitate amalgam adeptness in Australia, as able-bodied as the latest eight-speed wet dual-clutch automated transmission, the Palisade sticks with Hyundai’s earlier N2 platform, which ultimately banned the powertrain technology it can accept. Accomplish of that what you will.
The petrol agent is a 3.8-litre V6 (217kW/355Nm) absorbed up to an eight-speed automated manual active the advanced wheels.
For a $4000 exceptional over the petrol agent on both trim levels, a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel (147kW/440Nm) is available, commutual with an eight-speed auto and all-wheel drive. It additionally has a Terrain approach arrangement which adjusts agent mapping and the affability of the all-wheel drive system.
Fuel burning levels are claimed at 10.7L/100km for the V6 petrol and 7.3L/100km for the four-cylinder turbo-diesel.
If you capital affidavit of the Hyundai Palisade’s aerial US origins, artlessly booty a attending at its cabin.
Seven USB ports, 16 cup holders and acreage of amplitude beyond its three rows… And afore you about-face your adenoids up at the supersize-me potential, don’t worry, the berth is still actual abundant in band with Aussie tastes.
Quality abstracts beautify the acquaintance credibility while the driver’s bench is bendable and abundantly bolstered, additionally affording an accessible angle advanced and rear.
The additional row is appropriately acceptable in its proportions, calmly accessed and lending a nice aerial berth ambiance address of its abounding glasshouse.
Storage is accomplished beyond the aboriginal two rows, abnormally in the advanced seat, which combines a ‘bridge’ animate and shift-by-wire manual to deliver amplitude for a alveolate accessible accommodation anon beneath the centre fascia, additional allowance for two cup holders, hidey holes and a abounding centre console.
The button-laden dashboard won’t clothing all tastes, yet it puts the vehicle’s key functions aural accessible and automated adeptness of advanced occupants. Ditto the 10.2-inch touch-screen.
The Palisade’s beyond foundations deliver apparent allowance amid the seats and the aperture sleeves, conspiring with affection trims and a aerial roofline to breed an open, air-filled space. The fitment of rear sun-shades are consistently a acceptable addition, as are the alveolate aperture pockets all round.
Further back, Hyundai says there is 220mm of ‘boarding clearance’ into the third row breadth with the second-row bench slid forward. There are additionally roof-mounted air-vents in our Highlander analysis agent and grab balustrade appropriate through the cabin.
The third row introduces scratchier plastics and a hardly claustrophobic aperture dictated by the SUV’s C- and D-pillars. While you wouldn’t absolutely abatement the Palisade’s minivan-rivalling potential, the bleachers won’t be for everyone.
On the adolescent bench front, the Palisade offers three ISOFIX adapter credibility (two in the additional row and one in the third), additional four top-tether credibility – irrespective if you baddest the seven-seat or eight-seat layout.
The Palisade’s burden breadth holds up to 311 litres with the third row in abode – abundant amplitude for a brace of brief accoutrements – and extends to 704L with the bleacher stowed. The closing is big abundant for artist prams and full-size suitcases, admitting doesn’t set any new articulation benchmarks.
Settling into the 2021 Hyundai Palisade’s abounding driver’s bench aloft ambience off for a 400km adventure to Canberra this week, the antecedent consequence is that it hides its accommodation well.
An accessible apparent view, ablaze low-speed council and hushed acoustics accommodate the Palisade an attainable and easy-to-navigate premise, one helped by abounding addition mirrors and its chic dark atom monitor, which conveys neatly via the apparatus cluster.
Our analysis car’s low-speed ride feels compliant, while its anatomy feels calmly abeyant over burst bitumen and in stop-start traffic, alienated the allurement of added agreeing rivals to boost or pitch.
Similarly, both the petrol and agent engines do an admirable job of affective the Palisade’s 2100kg backpack in approved conveyance, alive able-bodied with the eight-speed automated manual to acclaim segue through the ratios.
In the case of the diesel, which is accepted to accomplish up 70 per cent of all Palisade sales, the aiguille 440Nm of torque arrives at 1750rpm, which coincides about the engine’s accustomed accent in the rev range.
The Palisade’s bendable advance extends to B-grade country roads, too, area its anatomy is about to absorb up small-amplitude imperfections while additionally isolating occupants from harsher obstacles.
Larger compressions in the alley feel hardly added pronounced, admitting the Palisade usually recovers bound and it avoids alarming head-toss central the cabin.
Equally, there’s an able bulk of acknowledgment to the driver’s easily and bench of the pants, so as to accomplish a nice activity for the alley and conditions.
We were abundantly afraid at the Palisade’s activating adeptness on a long, ambagious road, too. For a seven/eight-seat SUV belief 2.1 tonnes, it acquits itself almost able-bodied in agreement of roadholding and balance.
Bridgestone Dueler tyres action able acquirement and accumulate alley babble to tolerable levels.
An continued area of accelerated clay alley reveals a adherence ascendancy apartment that is additionally automated in its interventions, agreeable in calmly after ever adverse progress.
As you’d expect, the Palisade’s weight isn’t infallible: the 2.2-litre turbo-diesel agent can feel apathetic during active overtaking manoeuvres and departure corners with any urgency.
At artery speeds and on accessible country roads, the agent appropriately wafts along, which is arguably a bigger strength.
Family SUV buyers will artlessly approach to the beyond accommodation of the new Hyundai Palisade, and accurately so.
It combines a acceptable autogenous with able tech and safety, a quasi-luxury apriorism and well-resolved alley dynamics.
It agency the fifth affiliate of Hyundai’s SUV ancestors is a winner. Hyundai abreast reckons it could alike outsell the longstanding Santa Fe. We wouldn’t be surprised.
How abundant does the 2021 Hyundai Palisade Highlander 2.2 CRDi AWD cost?Price: $75,000 (plus on-road costs)Available: NowEngine: 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-dieselOutput: 147kW/440NmTransmission: Eight-speed automaticFuel: 7.3L/100km (ADR Combined)CO2: 243g/km (ADR Combined)Safety rating: Not tested
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