Hyundai has unveiled its revamped 2023 Palisade SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The revamped three-row SUV adopts the brand’s latest design language, ditching the smoother curved trapezoidal grille for wider, more angular vertical focus.
What’s coming inside the cabin
The interior of the Palisade also receives an update, updating the design and technology that has existed since the presentation of the model in 2018. It includes a new touchscreen for infotainment, improved seating and improved driver assistance technology.
There is no doubt that the new Palisade swears allegiance to the “bigger grille is better” movement that seems to have taken over the auto industry. The new chiseled slab is not only taller and wider, but loses the smoother curves exhibited by the previous model. Together with the revised bumper, it makes for an aggressive front.
The headlights retain their split design, although the shape and graphics have been retouched. However, the “split” in daytime running lights is now subtly joined with a smaller positioning style LED unit that is placed between the two main light housings.
The details of its aesthetics
As for the fascia, the hood is wide and thrown forward, with defined lines that pair with the car’s grille. The vertical daytime running lights, the LED night lights, and the manufacturer’s slogan displayed right in the center are powerfully striking.
On the sides it is still striking, with silver alloy wheels or wheels that show discs and calipers on each of its wheels, door locks of the same color of the body, mirror housings in black, chrome window edges, roof grille, among other attractive details.
Moving on to the rear, things have remained virtually unchanged, with the tailgate and taillights identical to the previous model. The only real difference is a new rear bumper, repositioning the lights that were located on the bottom edge. The 2023 Hyundai Palisade also has self-dimming exterior mirrors and a newly designed 20-inch wheel set. A new color, “Robust Emerald”, is also offered.
Subtle changes in the interior, with additional technology
The overall interior 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, 12-inch, rather than 10.25-inch. HVAC vents are thinner, with a more cohesive design and extend over most of the board.
Meanwhile, the steering wheel ditches the old three-spoke design for a futuristic four-spoke rim. Behind it is a new instrument panel and indicator group. There’s also Hyundai’s first application of a digital center rearview mirror with a camera from behind.
The driver now sits in an “Ergo” seat, a feature that has seeped in since Genesis. It uses expandable air chambers that are designed to improve comfort and reduce fatigue during long trips. Speaking of seats, third-row passengers can now take advantage of seat heating, while those in the second row have the option of ventilated seats, angle-adjustable armrests, and upgraded headrests.
There are other advances that are not perceived
You can’t see all the features of the new Palisade, with a focus on improving the practicality of the interior and modernizing the technology on offer. For example, the car’s cordless phone charging specifications have been increased from 5 watts to 15 watts. Similarly, usb-A ports are now replaced with those of the USB-C variety, with improved power delivery (3 amps) to boot.
Have internet access
There’s the inclusion of a WiFi hotspot, another novelty for the Korean automaker, and support for Hyundai’s Digital Key 2, which allows iPhone, Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy users to unlock and power up the vehicle. Bluelink’s enhanced connected car services allow users to control various functions with their voice, with enhanced recognition. It also allows remote starting, heating and cooling of the Palisade.
Enhanced security features
The Palisade already comes with a long list of safety equipment, and has now been enhanced with enhanced forward collision avoidance and roadside driving assistance. A new feature, Remote Smart Parking Assist, helps to park or remotely exit a vehicle in a tight place.
The number of airbags was also increased, from seven to nine, and includes a full-length side curtain airbag covering the third row. There is also automatic collision notification as part of the Bluelink Connected Car service.
Powertrains remain the same, though updated
The under-the-hood engine remains the same for the 2023 upgrade, a 3.8-liter Atkinson cycle V6 unit, which produces 291 horsepower (295 PS/217 kW) at 6000 rpm and 262 lb-ft and an interesting 355 Nm of torque at 5200 rpm.
An eight-speed automatic transmission remains the only option, with the 2023 Palisade available in two-wheel drive and HTRAC four-wheel drive configurations. Conveniently, for those who want to harness the power to carry attached loads, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade adds a tow mode to the selectable driving modes. In the trailer profile, Palisade will maintain gears longer and reduce the frequency of its shift response.
Final details of the car
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade will be available at Hyundai dealerships in the United States in the summer, with pricing expected to be announced in the coming months.