Hyundai pulled the covers off its improved 2023 Palisade SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The updated three-row SUV adopts the brand’s latest design language, ditching the softer trapezoidal grille for a more spacious, angular and straighter approach.
The Palisade’s interior receives an update, too, updating the design and technology that’s been around since the model’s introduction in 2018. It includes a new touchscreen infotainment screen, improved seating and improved driver assistance technology.
There’s no doubt that the new-look Palisade swears allegiance to the “bigger grid is better” movement that seems to have slammed the auto industry. The new sculpted baseboard is not only longer and wider, but it loses the smoother curves that the previous model demonstrated. Combined with a revised bumper, it makes an aggressive front end.
The headlights retain their separate design, although the shape and graphics have been modified. However, the “split” in the daytime running lights is now subtly linked by a smaller GPS-style LED module that is positioned between the two main light cases.
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Moving on to the rear, things have remained virtually unchanged, with the tailgate and tail lights matching the previous model. The only real difference is the new rear bumper, which repositions the lights on the lower edge. The Hyundai Palisade 2023 also gets auto-dimming exterior mirrors and a set of newly designed 20-inch wheels. A new color, “Robust Emerald”, is also available.
Minor changes in the interior, with added technology
The cabin’s overall design remains consistent with the outgoing car, with subtle tweaks applied to enhance what was already a highly praised package. You’ll find a slightly larger 720p infotainment touchscreen, at 12 inches – up from 10.25 inches. The A/C vents are slimmer, with a more cohesive design and run across most of the dashboard.
Meanwhile, the steering wheel ditches the old three-spoke design for a futuristic four-spoke rim. Behind it is a new instrument panel and instrument cluster. There is also Hyundai’s first implementation of a digital center rearview mirror with rear camera feed.
The driver is now seated in the “Ergo” seat, a feature carried over from the Genesis. It uses expandable air chambers designed to improve comfort and reduce fatigue during long drives. Speaking of seats, third-row passengers can now benefit from seat heating, while second-row passengers have the option of ventilated seats, angle-adjustable armrests, and improved headrests.
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Not all of the new Palisade features can be seen, taking care to enhance the practicality of the interior and update the technology on offer. For example, the wireless car phone charging specification has been raised from 5W to 15W. Likewise, USB-A ports are now being replaced by various USB-C ports, with improved power delivery (3A) for operation.
There’s the inclusion of WiFi hotspot – another precedent for the Korean automaker – and compatibility with Hyundai’s Digital Key 2, which allows iPhone, Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy users to unlock and start the car. Bluelink’s enhanced connected car services enable users to control various functions with their voice, while improving recognition. It also allows for remote start and heating and cooling of the Palisade.
Enhanced security features
The Palisade already came with a laundry list of safety gear, and that’s now improved with improved forward collision avoidance and highway driving assistance. The new feature, Intelligent Remote Parking Assistance, helps to remotely park in or out of a confined space.
The number of airbags has also been increased, from seven to nine, and includes a full-length side-curtain airbag that covers the third row. There is also automatic collision notification as part of the Bluelink Connected Car service.
Engines remain the same, new drag mode has been added
The engine under the hood remains the same for the 2023 update: the 3.8-liter Atkinson V6, producing 291 hp (295 hp/217 kW) at 6000 rpm and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of Torque at 5200 rpm.
An eight-speed automatic transmission remains the only option, with the 2023 Palisade available in both two-wheel drive and HTRAC all-wheel drive configurations. Easily, for those who want to harness the power to tow attached loads, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade adds a Towing Mode to its selectable drive modes. In the towing coil, the Palisade will hold the gears longer and reduce the frequency of the shifting response.
The Hyundai Palisade 2023 will be available at Hyundai dealerships in the US in the summer, with pricing expected to be announced in the coming months.