Hyundai Palisade SUV arrives in New Zealand


Hyundai Palisade SUV arrives in New Zealand  


  • All-new Palisade upper-large SUV takes its place as Hyundai’s flagship model
  • The spacious Palisade has the perfect blend of comfort, practicality, safety and technology in an ultra-stylish seven- or eight-seater
  • Convenience comes as standard with seven USB ports and 16 cup holders
  • Palisade variants offered as 2WD petrol V6 or AWD turbo-diesel
  • Hyundai Palisade on sale January 2021


13 January, 2020— The all-new Palisade is rolling onto Hyundai showroom floors this month, taking its place as the largest and most spacious SUV in the Hyundai vehicle range.


All-new Palisade delivers modern elegance in a full-size, family SUV that indulges occupants on every level.

Palisade gives customers the perfect blend of exceptional comfort and practicality, with smart technologies and the uncompromising safety of the latest SmartSenseTM features, in a bold and ultra-stylish seven- or eight-seater.

“The all-new Hyundai Palisade has a certain presence about it, making it worthy of Hyundai’s flagship SUV.  Palisade indulges on every level – from space to connectivity to capability, all packaged in a cutting-edge design,” says Hyundai New Zealand General Manager, Andy Sinclair. “This new upper-large SUV is the ultimate vehicle for practical, comfortable daily use, as well as open road adventures.”

Palisade is engineered to appeal to buyers of large SUVs who want a more car-like driving experience than a body-on-chassis 4WD can provide.

People-mover buyers who require eight seats, but prefer the style, flexibility and driving qualities of an SUV, will also be attracted by Palisade.

Whilst designed with the American market in mind, the right-hand drive Palisade was developed primarily for Australasia, with a focus on delivering superb safety, stability and dynamics for our unique tastes and conditions.

With HTRAC Advanced AWD and a Multi-Terrain Control system, Palisade has the capabilities to tackle the toughest challenges, and comes complete with a full-size spare wheel and 2,200kg tow rating.




Hyundai Palisade: Range Overview

A simple two-tiered line-up for all-new Palisade makes it easy for buyers to choose the variant that best matches their lifestyle.


Palisade Elite

Palisade Limited

3.8 GDi 2WD or 2.2 CRDi AWD

3.8 GDi 2WD or 2.2 CRDi AWD

8 speed automatic

8 speed automatic

8 seat configuration

7 seat configuration


Each variant is offered with a choice of a 3.8-litre V6 GDi engine with front-wheel drive, or a 2.2-litre four-cylinder CRDi engine with all-wheel drive, both teamed with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The range-opening Palisade variant features as standard a cutting-edge 7-inch full LCD Supervision instrument cluster and a clear and intuitive 10.25-inch satellite navigation unit.

Inside features leather upholstery as standard, (with a special Nappa leather variant available in the Limited variant), as well as a power-adjustable driver and front passenger seat’s, three-zone air-conditioning and Infinity premium audio.

Ensuring the utmost convenience are a futuristic Shift-by-Wire gear selector buttons, keyless entry with push-button start and an electric park brake.

Palisade is loaded with remarkable smart features like the power tailgate that not only opens automatically but also allows you to adjust the opening/closing speed and lift height to suit personal preferences.

The front and second row seats offer heating, and the comfort of a heated steering wheel. In addition to this each Palisade offers a wireless (Qi standard) smartphone charger, Heads-Up Display (HUD), and 20-inch alloy wheels.

There are six airbags, including side curtain airbag protection for all three rows, as well as a range-standard suite of SmartSenseTM technologies.

These include multi-function Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance-Assist (BCA) systems.

There are also Lane Following Assist (LFA) and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) systems, and Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go.

The top-of-the-range Palisade Limited brings, in addition, Nappa leather upholstery as an option with a suede headlining, 14-way power adjustable driver’s seat with memory function and 8-way power adjustable passenger seat. The Limited 7-seat variants has the addition of ventilated seating in the front row.

The Limited also adds a Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM), Surround View Monitor (SVM) and a dual panel wide sunroof.



All-new Palisade showcases bold and elegant design befitting of Hyundai’s flagship model.

A wide, dominant cascading grille is flanked by high-tech, composite headlights and a vertically-connected forward lighting signature, to create a powerful and distinctive impression.

In profile, a powerful, extended bonnet develops Palisade’s strong road presence, while a bold C-pillar design and wide third-row daylight opening convey generous third-row spaciousness.

A crisp character line connects the front and rear lighting elements, while muscular detailing such as robust over-fenders and sill cladding completes an impressive silhouette.

At the rear, Palisade emphasises a wide and stable stance through crisp and confident detailing incorporating a vertical LED tail-light design.

A cutaway roof complements the ample third-row glasshouse, enhancing the generous sense of spaciousness for rear occupants.


Exterior Colours & Upholstery

Palisade is available in eight mica and metallic paint colours.

Inside, Palisade features black leather upholstery with metallic-look interior panels and a knit headlining, and Limited variant introduces as an option Nappa leather upholstery with a suede headlining.

Nappa leather is beige with beech wood look interior panels.

Palisade variant paint colours include White Cream Mica, Timeless Black, Steel Graphite, Sierra Burgundy, Rain Forest, MoonLight Cloud, Lagoon Silver and Taiga Brown.





A powerful and refined 3.8-litre petrol engine in Palisade develops 217kW and 355Nm, and is paired with Hyundai’s in-house developed eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. The Lambda II V6 uses 10.7L/100km on the official combined cycle.

A 147kW, 440Nm 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine is also available, teamed with Hyundai’s eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. The R-designated, Euro 5 four-cylinder uses 7.3L/100km on the official combined cycle.





All-new Palisade’s boldly stylish body provides generous space for up to eight occupants, within a highly rigid monocoque that provides the basis for exceptional safety and superb dynamics.

Structural optimisations include reinforced, hot-stamped door-opening and rear side members, and an underbody structure designed to absorb and disperse collision forces.

In addition, a new design for the sunroof opening incorporating reinforced support members achieves structural rigidity equivalent to a fixed roof.

Palisade’s collision-mitigation structure is optimised through the extensive use of ultra-high-tensile steel.

Ultra-rigid construction along with laminated front glass and extensive insulation material in the dash, underfloor, tunnel and body cavity regions ensures a supremely quiet ride in Palisade.


Aerodynamic drag-reduction techniques, including specially shaped A-pillars and a boat-tail rear turret design, and front and centre-floor under-covers, result in an impressively low drag coefficient of 0.33, which contributes to minimising fuel consumption and wind noise.


Chassis Tuning

Palisade is among the first Hyundai models to benefit from a new chassis tuning approach, which has evolved as a natural development of the local tuning program deployed by Hyundai Australia’s engineering team for the last decade.

The new approach sees Hyundai Australia involved early in the technical development of any given model, providing Australian input to help achieve the ‘flavour’ of the tune required for our regional market.

Hyundai Australia examined every element of the Palisade’s dynamic performance on local roads, from the tyres - checking NVH and grip levels - to roll response, body heave, body control, and all the minutiae of body movement. The process of evaluation and sign-off incorporated every possible road surface and road type, both in the city and country.

At the end of the process, Hyundai Australia were confident in the way this vehicle rides and handles, and there were no need for any changes.





Head-Up Display (HUD)

Head-Up Display projected onto the windscreen presents vehicle speed, navigation commands, speed limits and traffic sign info, as well as alerts from active safety and driving assistance features.

The HUD allows users to select required information for display, as well as height, rotation and brightness, to ensure excellent visibility across a range of lighting conditions.


Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM)

A Blind-Spot View Monitor provides a video image of Palisade’s left and right blind-spot zones in the 7-inch display cluster when the corresponding turn signal is in operation, to support safe lane-change manoeuvres.


Surround View Monitor (SVM) with Parking Guidance

All-new Palisade features an available Surround View Monitor that presents a bird’s eye view of the vehicle to enhance vision and confidence when manoeuvring in confined spaces.

A Rear View Monitor (RVM) system allows the rear camera display to remain on during driving as required, so that the driver can monitor the road conditions behind the vehicle.

A Parking Guidance function displays guide lines that swivel automatically as the steering wheel is turned.


Shift by Wire transmission

All-new Palisade utilises shift-by-wire technology to replace a conventional gear lever with neat gear-selection pushbuttons, bringing a futuristic feel, and freeing console space.


The SBW system is complemented by manual paddle shifters behind the steering wheel.


7.0-inch LCD Gauge Cluster Display

A 7.0-inch colour LCD supervision cluster features in every Palisade. It presents a digital speedometer, a range of trip computer information, along with system status and visual alerts from SmartSenseTM and other safety systems.


10.25-inch satellite navigation system with Infinity Premium Sound System

A high-tech 10.25-inch touch-screen is integrated into the top of Palisade’s dash, to give front occupants a clear overview of navigation, audio and other information, with a choice of panoramic map view, or split-screen navigation/audio display.

Smartphone connectivity via Apple Carplay™ or Android Auto™ allows users to perform the operations usually carried out on the handset in a safer manner via the in-dash multimedia touchscreen.

An Infinity premium audio system treats occupants to crisp and powerful surround sound from 12 speakers spaced around the cabin.


Wireless (Qi standard) smartphone charging

A wireless charging pad in the centre console, allows users to charge a compatible Qi-enabled smartphone without the use of untidy cables.


Three-zone climate control air-conditioning

All-new Palisade’s climate control air-conditioning system ensures maximum comfort and convenience for occupants by automatically maintaining the set temperatures.

Three sets of fully automatic controls give the driver, front passenger and rear occupants the superb luxury and comfort of being able to set their own temperature preferences.

If ever there is a large difference between a climate control setting and the cabin temperature, the seat and steering heaters will be switched on automatically.

Palisade’s air-conditioning features a new diffuser vent design that provides quieter rear airflow, draft-free operation, and more uniform distribution of air, as well as the capability for a focused stream of air when desired.


Driver Talk

A Driver Talk feature uses a high-definition microphone and Palisade’s audio system to allow the driver to speak to second- and third-row occupants without raising their voice.

The system automatically compensates for road and wind noise as the vehicle’s speed rises, so the driver can always be heard clearly through the C-pillar speakers.


Quiet Mode

Quiet Mode mutes the speakers in the rear, and sets the front speakers to seven or below, to allow rear occupants the hush needed to talk to each other, or to get some sleep.


Remote rear air-conditioning control

Remote control of the rear air-conditioning lets the driver easily adjust the settings for rear occupants, and brings the ability to disable the rear air-conditioning controls.


Electrically adjusted driver’s and passenger’s seats

Palisade features an 10-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, and Limited variant builds on this with a 14-way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, including seat cushion extenders, to ensure a comfortable seating position is possible for a range of drivers.

Front passengers also benefit from eight-way power operated seat adjustment.


Heated and ventilated seats

Palisade Elite gives front and second row occupants the year-round comfort of heated seats, as well as a heated steering wheel. The Limited 7-seat variants have the addition of ventilated seats in the front and second row.

Three-stage heating elements warm the seats in cool weather, and three-stage ventilation fans blow a gentle stream of cooling air through the leather perforation during hot weather.


Power sunroof 

Standard in Limited variants, a powered, tilt and slide wide glass sunroof brings light and a sense of openness to Palisade’s cabin.

The large, dual-panel roof features a motorized rear sunblind.


Front seat back USB port & pocket

The front seatbacks feature USB ports and storage pockets, so that second-row occupants can plug in and charge their personal electronic devices.


Smart one-touch walk-in & folding

A second-row walk-in switch brings improved convenience for third-row entry/egress as well as cargo loading.


Third-row seat recline function

Palisade’s third-row seatbacks can be reclined by 10 degrees, to reach a more comfortable position for adults.


Child seat anchor

Palisade features a total of five top tether child seat anchor points in eight-seat variants (four tether points in seven-seat variants).

Additionally, two ISOFIX anchors in the second row, and one in the third row, make the installation of child seats quick, easy and secure.




In addition to its superb passive safety, all-new Palisade features an extensive standard suite of advanced SmartSenseTM technologies.


Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)

The Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) system incorporates two functions – Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW) and Active BCA.

BCW uses the windscreen-mounted camera to detect Palisade’s positioning within the lane, and radar sensors on either side of the rear bumper to detect vehicles next to and diagonally behind Palisade. The system is in operation at speeds of 30 km/h or more.

If a vehicle is present in the Palisade’s blind spot, BCW displays an alert in the exterior mirrors. If the driver proceeds to activate the corresponding indicator lights, a flashing warning is provided and an alert is sounded.

The system also scans for vehicles approaching rapidly from the rear, and uses the same warning measures to alert the driver to the presence of rapidly approaching vehicles that may soon enter Palisade’s blind spot.

Active BCA can initiate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system to help avoid a collision with an approaching vehicle next to or behind Palisade, which it deems as being at a high risk of contact due to its proximity.

As an avoidance measure, the ESC system applies moderate braking force to the wheels on the opposing side of the potential collision, to gently steer the vehicle away from danger, to reduce the likelihood of collision and/or help to mitigate damage.

Active BCA is operational at speeds between 60 km/h and 180 km/h.


High Beam Assist (HBA)

High Beam Assist (HBA) scans the road ahead of Palisade using the windscreen-mounted camera, monitoring for street lights, as well as headlights and taillights of vehicles in front.

Upon detection, the system automatically adjusts headlight range, switching between high and low beam.

HBA is active at speeds of 45km/h or above and is operational when the light switch (on the indicator lever) is placed in the Auto position and the lever pushed away from the driver.


Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)

Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) monitors for traffic approaching on either side of Palisade when reversing out of perpendicular parking spaces.

Should RCCA detect a vehicle approaching, a chime will sound and an alert displayed on the dash cluster and multimedia screens, and in the corresponding exterior mirror.

In the event the driver does not respond to a warning, the system may activate the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) system to apply braking force and help avoid a collision with the approaching vehicle.

The RCCA system utilises the BCA system’s radar sensors, and is in operation when travelling at 10km/h or below. It can detect approaching vehicles travelling at speeds between 8 km/h and 36km/h.


Driver Attention Warning (DAW) with Leading Vehicle Departure Alert

Driver Attention Warning (DAW) continually monitors the vehicle’s position within the lane using the windscreen-mounted camera, while tracking steering inputs, brake pedal inputs, and elapsed time since last break.

Should the system detect careless driving - such as sudden steering/braking inputs and/or inability to keep within a lane - the ‘Attention Level’ display on the cluster will continually decrease.

Should the level decrease to a certain threshold, the DAW system will recommend that the driver takes a break.

DAW is in operation at speeds between 60km/h and 180km/h.

The system also features Leading Vehicle Departure Alert, which monitors the vehicle ahead when Palisade is stopped in traffic.

If the vehicle ahead drives off, and the Palisade driver fails to accelerate away, the system will sound a chime to alert the potentially inattentive driver.


Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) System

Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) System consists of two modes - Lane Departure Warning (LDW) mode, and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) mode.

LDW detects lane markings and monitors the vehicle’s position in the lane using the windscreen-mounted camera.

Should the vehicle stray from the intended lane without the indicators being activated, audible and visual warnings will be issued.

LKA can be activated at speeds of 64km/h or above where lane markings on both sides of the vehicle are detected.

LKA helps prevent the vehicle from straying from the lane by providing steering intervention should the driver not react to warnings from the LDW system.

Both LKA and LDW are momentarily deactivated whenever turn signals are active.

Additionally, the driver must maintain control of the vehicle by holding the steering wheel.


Lane Following Assist (LFA)

Lane Following Assist (LFA) detects lane markings on the road using the front windscreen-mounted camera, and provides steering assistance to ensure the vehicle stays in the centre of the lane.

When the system is activated, the indicator on the cluster will illuminate.

The colour of the indicator will change depending on the condition of LFA system. Green indicates that the system is enabled, and white indicates that the system is ready.

Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

In Palisade, the Safe Exit Assist (SEA) system reduces the likelihood of occupants exiting Palisade when the surroundings make it unsafe to do so.

The system works in conjunction with the radar sensors on either side of the rear bumper to detect vehicles approaching from the rear.

When the vehicle is stopped and SEA is active, the system scans the rear path of the vehicle.

If a door is opened while an approaching vehicle is detected, the system will issue an audible alert and display a warning in the instrument cluster, advising that the exiting occupant should ‘watch for traffic’.

The electronic child safety lock system provides and additional layer of protection, by allowing the driver to lock the rear doors via a switch, to prevent children seated in the rear of Palisade from opening the doors.

Additionally, the electronic child safety locking system works with the SEA system to prevent the unlocking of the rear doors when it is not safe to do so, providing an additional SEA message advising that the exiting occupant should ‘check surroundings then try again’.


Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with Stop & Go detects the speed and distance of vehicles ahead of Palisade.

SCC maintains a safe distance to the vehicle ahead, up to a pre-set speed, between 30km/h and 160km/h.

The Stop & Go function works in stop/start traffic, bringing the vehicle to a stop when appropriate, and then automatically (if within three seconds) accelerating it back to the original set speed.

If the vehicle is stationary for more than three seconds, SCC will prompt the driver to continue cruise conditions using the steering wheel switches.


Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA-Car/Pedestrian/Cyclist)

Palisade features the City/Urban version of the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) system, which utilises a windscreen-mounted camera combined with a nose-mounted radar system to detect other vehicles in front of the Palisade.

If a potential collision is detected, the system’s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) function will sound a warning chime and display a warning in the cluster.

FCW is active at speeds between 10 km/h and 160 km/h.

Additionally, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) - City/Urban works in conjunction with FCW to automatically apply the vehicle’s brakes in the case of a potential collision, where no driver intervention is detected after a FCW system warning.

FCA - City/Urban is active above speeds of approximately 10 km/h and, if activated, will attempt to bring the vehicle to a complete stop from speeds up to 80 km/h. Operational speeds are detailed in the chart below.


FCA Operational Speeds


Partial Brakes

Full Brakes


10 - 160 km/h

80 - 160 km/h

10 - 80 km/h


10 - 90 km/h

10 - 70 km/h

10 - 70 km/h


10 - 90 km/h

10 - 70 km/h

10 - 70 km/h


Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)

The Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) system aims to prevent the unintentional leaving-behind or locking-in of children or pets in Palisade.

The system utilises an ultrasonic sensor in the headlining to detect movement in the cabin.

When active, the system registers the entry of rear occupants via the rear doors opening and closing.

Upon opening the driver’s door after parking, ROA issues a warning chime and prompts the driver with a visual warning message to ‘check rear seats’, displayed in the instrument cluster.

If the user proceeds to close the door and lock the vehicle, the ROA system then becomes operational for a 24-hour period.

During this time if movement is detected inside the cabin the system will activate the horn for a period of 25 seconds to alert the driver and others to the situation.





HTRAC Advanced AWD System

Palisade features Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system.

Developed as a multi-mode system, HTRAC features an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles.

The system delivers enhanced stability and traction during cornering, and on slippery surfaces, through the optimal apportioning of torque between the front and rear axles, as well as the use of differential braking (the individual braking of a wheel, or wheels on one side of the vehicle).

The system has a broad range of front-rear torque distribution possibilities and is designed to deliver benefits in various conditions, including straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill starts.


Multi-Terrain Control & Drive Modes

HTRAC’s Multi-Terrain Control and Drive Mode systems bring a range of settings that allow Palisade to handle the highway as well as taming the toughest terrain.

Just as in other Hyundai vehicles, Palisade’s Drive Mode system allows users to select a powertrain configuration that best suits their driving style (modes: Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart).

The Sport setting, in particular, gives a more agile, dynamic feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels.

Additionally, Palisade diesel AWD variants also feature a Multi Terrain Mode system that offers three additional traction control calibrations, to optimise performance on a variety of slippery, low-friction/high-resistance off-road surfaces.

These include a Snow setting designed to limit tyre slip and maximise drive, a Sand setting that apportions torque appropriately for sand-covered surfaces, and a traction-enhancing Mud setting.


Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)

The Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) System promotes safety by preventing shaking when making sharp turns while driving with a trailer attached.


Trailer connecting guidelines

Steering-linked trailer-connecting guidelines on the rear camera image assist the driver to steer to the exact centre, for easier trailer hitching. This function is available by switching the rear-view monitor to top-view mode when reversing (Limited variant).







Elite (8-seater)

Limited (7-seater)

Limited (7-seater)

Nappa Edition

3.8P GDi 2WD

8 speed Automatic





8 speed Automatic





Note: All prices are Recommended Retail Price (RRP). Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.






3.8 GDi 2WD

2.2 CRDi AWD


8 AT

8 AT


217 kW

147 kW


355 Nm

440 Nm







Palisade Elite

(available in 8 seat configuration)

Key Specifications


Driving Convenience

● Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) (with auto hold function)

● Shift-by-wire transmission

● Smart key with push button start

● Steering wheel mounted controls audio, phone, cruise control & trip computer

● Tilt & telescopic steering column

● Drive mode: 4 settings

Multimedia System

● Apple CarPlay & Android Auto compatibility

● Multi-Bluetooth® Connection

● Satellite navigation with Live Traffic Updates

● 10.25” touchscreen display

● 12 speaker Infinity audio system

● Driver Talk Function

● Quiet Mode Function

Passive Safety

● 6 airbags (including 3rd row curtain)

● ISOFIX child restraints (x3)

● Top tether child restraint anchors (x5)

Active Safety

● SmartSense advanced safety, including:

- Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance
 Assist -Rear (BCA-R) - Driver
 Attention Warning (DAW)

- Forward Collision-Avoidance
 Assist (FCA) (camera & radar)

- High Beam Assist (HBA)

- Lane Keeping Assist (LKA)

- Lane Following Assist (LFA)

- Rear Cross-Traffic Collision
 Avoidance Assist (RCCA)

- Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)

- Safe Exit Assist (SEA)

- Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go

● Parking Distance Warning (F&R)

● Rear view camera

● Tyre Pressure Monitoring (TPMS)

● Trailer Stability Assist (TSA)

Wheels & Tyres

● 20” alloy wheels

● Full size alloy spare wheel


● Dual LED headlights

● Rear LED combination lamps

● Auto dusk sensing headlights

● LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

● Headlights (Projector beam)

● Positioning lights -LED

● Rear fog lights -LED

● LED High Mount Stop Light (HMSL)


Vision & Sight

● Head-Up Display (HUD)

● Electro-chromatic Mirror (ECM)

● 7” supervision cluster (TFT, colour)

● Rain sensing wipers


Ventilation & Heating

● Heated front and second row seats

● Heated steering wheel

● Climate control AC (3 zones)

● Cabin air filter

● Cooling/heating diffusion type roof air vent -2nd row & 3rd rows

● Cooling/heating vents 2nd row floor


Occupant Comfort & Convenience

● Leather-appointed interior - seats & steering wheel

● Power driver’s seat

● 16 cup holders

● Smart Tailgate (rear power tailgate with hands-free opening) – Speed adjustable


Palisade Limited

(available in 7 seat configuration)


Key Specifications above Palisade Elite





● Blind Spot View Monitor (BVM)

● Surround View Monitor (SVM)

● LED interior lighting


● Integrated Memory System (IMS) -Driver’s seat

● Ventilated front and second row seats

● Nappa leather seats (optional)

● Suede roof lining (optional)

● Dual sunroof with tilt function