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.

Palisade give customers options of either a 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.”

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

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

Hyundai says that 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

Palisade ElitePalisade Limited
3.8 GDi 2WD or 2.2 CRDi AWD3.8 GDi 2WD or 2.2 CRDi AWD
8 speed automatic8 speed automatic
8 seat configuration7 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 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.

There’s also a futuristic Shift-by-Wire gear selector buttons, keyless entry with push-button start and an electric park brake.

Palisade is loaded with 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 SmartSense 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 that apparently showcases bold and elegant design befitting of Hyundai’s flagship model.

There’s a wide, dominant cascading grille is flanked by high-tech, composite headlights and a vertically-connected forward lighting signature.

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

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 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 space for up to eight occupants, within a highly rigid monocoque that provides the basis for exceptional safety and superb dynamics, according to Hyundai.

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 a 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.


EngineTransmissionElite (8-seater)Limited (7-seater)Limited (7-seater) Nappa Edition
3.8P GDi 2WD8 speed Automatic$99,990$107,990
2.2D CRDi AWD8 speed Automatic$106,990$114,990$119,990

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


Drivetrain3.8 GDi 2WD2.2 CRDi AWD
Transmission8 AT8 AT
Power217 kW147 kW
Torque355 Nm440 Nm
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