Hyundai unveiled its facelifted 2023 Palisade SUV at the New York International Auto Show. The refreshed three-row SUV adopts the brand’s latest design language, ditching the softer curved trapezoidal grille for a wider, more angular upright approach.
The Palisade’s interior is also refreshed, updating the design and technology that has existed since the model was introduced in 2018. It includes a new touchscreen infotainment, upgraded seats and assistive technology. improved driving.
There’s no doubt that the new Palisade look swears allegiance to the “bigger the grille, the better” movement that seems to have caught on in the automotive industry. The new chiseled slab is not only taller and wider, but it loses the smoother curves featured by the outgoing model. Together with the revised bumper, this results in an aggressive front end.
The headlights retain their split design, although the shape and graphics have been changed. However, the ‘separation’ of the daytime running lights is now subtly joined by a smaller positioning style LED unit which is placed between the two main lamp housings.
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Moving on to the rear, things remained virtually unchanged, with the tailgate and taillights identical to the outgoing model. The only real difference is a new rear bumper, repositioning the lights that were located on the lower edge. The 2023 Hyundai Palisade also gets auto-dimming exterior mirrors and a set of newly designed 20-inch wheels. A new color, “Robust Emerald”, is also offered.
Subtle changes inside, with added tech
The overall interior design remains consistent with the outgoing car, with subtle tweaks applied to improve what was already a much-loved package. You’ll find a slightly larger 720p infotainment touchscreen, at 12-inches – up from 10.25-inches. The HVAC vents are slimmer, with a more consistent design, and run through most of the dash.
Meanwhile, the steering wheel ditches the old three-spoke design for a futuristic four-spoke rim. Behind is a new dashboard and gauge cluster. There’s also Hyundai’s first application of a digital center rear-view mirror with a rear-fed camera.
The driver now sits on an “Ergo” seat, a feature inherited from Genesis. It uses stretch air chambers designed to improve comfort and reduce fatigue during long rides. Speaking of seats, third-row passengers can now enjoy heated seats, while those in the second row get the option of ventilated seats, angle-adjustable armrests and upgraded headrests.
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Not all of the new Palisade’s features are visible, with attention paid to improving the practicality of the interior and updating the technology on offer. For example, the car’s cordless phone charging specifications have been increased from 5 watts to 15 watts. Likewise, USB-A ports are now replaced by those of the USB-C variety, with improved power delivery (3 amps) to boot.
There’s the inclusion of a WiFi hotspot – another first for the Korean automaker – and compatibility with Hyundai’s Digital Key 2, which allows iPhone, Apple Watch and Samsung users Galaxy to unlock and start the vehicle. Bluelink connected car enhanced services allow users to control various functions with their voice, with better recognition. It also allows remote starting, heating and cooling of the palisade.
Enhanced Security Features
The Palisade already came with a long list of safety features, and this is now enhanced with Enhanced Forward Collision Avoidance and Highway Driving Assist. A new feature, Remote Smart Parking Assist, helps remotely park or exit a vehicle from a tight spot.
The number of airbags has also been 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, new tow mode added
The powertrain under the hood remains the same for the 2023 refresh: an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6, producing 291 hp (295 hp / 217 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm ) of torque at 5,200 rpm.
An eight-speed automatic transmission remains the only option, with the 2023 Palisade available in two-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive HTRAC configurations. Ideally, for those who want to harness the power needed to haul tethered loads, the 2023 Hyundai Palisade adds a Tow Mode to the Selectable Drive Modes. In the tow profile, the palisade will hold gears longer and reduce the frequency of its shift response.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade will be available at Hyundai dealerships in the United States this summer, with pricing expected to be announced in the coming months.