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The 7-seat SUV market is getting a new vehicle. It will be the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. The company unveiled its new model, but the sales didn’t start yet. That will happen during the summer. The complete specs and trim levels lineup will be unveiled then. Until this point, there are still some details we would like to know about the upcoming Palisade. We know what it looks like, we know its interior steps forward in comparison to other Hyundai vehicles, but we want to see prices and mpg details.
A 3.8-liter engine will be the power source. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade replaces Santa Fe XL SUV as the three-row model. The new, versatile vehicle will offer two different configurations – with seating spots for eight or seven persons. Some Hyundai fans have huge expectations from this SUV. Some of them are Palisade is going to become a rival to Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer, while less optimistic predictions say it can achieve 100,000 sold units in its first season.
Dimensions, Trim Levels, Interior
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is the largest SUV by the Korean carmaker. However, the situation will change soon, when the grandmaster full-size model comes out. Well, Palisade still has a year or two for bragging. It is 196 long. That is 4 inches more than the Santa Fe XL. That is enough to offer more space for passengers and storage. The largest Hyundai SUV is also 78 inches wide and 69 in high.
Interior of the new Palisade is way better than for the Santa Fe, or any other vehicle by the same manufacturer. We can see better finishes and find nicer materials. A 10-inch touchscreen display is positioned right at the center of the control panel. The interior is transparent and functional. However, Hyundai also offers premium equipment and systems, such as advanced audio system, navigation, or wireless charging. By default, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade is offering eight seating spots. The second-row bench could be replaced with buckets, and the vehicle is then turned into a 7-seat SUV. The company didn’t unveil trim levels for the mid-size model. But, we already have clues there are a lot of options on the way.
Closest Siblings and Main Rivals – 2020 Hyundai Palisade vs Kia Telluride
Kia and Hyundai have a close partnership. They developed their new big SUVs together. Having this in mind, we can expect a lot of similarities between Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride. Kia is stepping ahead since the company already announced pricing and trim levels for its model. We can use it to compare to Hyundai’s SUV. Four models are available for build. The base one starts at $32,000 while the most expensive costs $10,000 more.
Specs, Towing Capacity, and MPG
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade will use a 3.8-liter V6 engine. This drivetrain is becoming a star of the lineup since we can read that upcoming Santa Cruz pickup truck and a full-size Grandmaster SUV are going to use it. Well, if these vehicles find 290 hp enough, then the unit will be fit them. It also creates 260 pound-feet of torque. The company announced the Palisade will use front wheels for driving. All-wheel drive is optional. An eight-speed automatic gearbox forwards power to each of these configurations.
The company is not unveiling mpg numbers for the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade. Well, we believe that combined fuel economy will be slightly worse than for the competition since the 7-seat SUV is using a larger displacement. However, we expect it to return around 21-22 mpg. Also, towing capacity is suffering because of the FWD setup. Still, a 3.8-liter unit seems to be pretty capable to haul. Its towing capacity will be above 5,000 pounds.
2020 Hyundai Palisade Hybrid and Diesel Engines
The new Palisade 7- and 8-seat SUV is going to appear as a hybrid model. However, it is not going to happen right from the start. We will have to wait for 2021 or 2022 to see this SUV with a hybrid system. On the other hand, diesel engines are more likely to happen. Of course, such drivetrains won’t be available in the US. Turbocharged four-cylinder engines are not an option for the 2020 Palisade.
When Does The 2020 Hyundai Palisade Come Out?
The new 2020 Hyundai Palisade will be launched this summer. We expected it earlier, but the company will stick to its first plan. During the next few months, we will find out everything about the new SUV, including trim levels, precise gas mileage, and towing capacity numbers, as well as the price.
MSRP Price and Optional Features
We can read that the new 2020 Hyundai Palisade will cost $32,000. These speculations are very likely to become official when the company announces MSRP of the 7-seat SUV. Kia Telluride costs the same. However, we can hear that Palisade will also add an off-road version. Fully loaded, it can exceed $50,000.