Hyundai updates Palisade for 2023

Range topping Hyundai Palisade gains more specification

Reuben Van Niekerk
Hyundai Palisade

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade has gone on sale featuring a fresh new exterior, redesigned interior, new infotainment and safety features as well as a host of advanced driver assistance systems befitting of its flagship status.

The South African range consists of the seven-seater Palisade R2.2 Elite and eight-seater Palisade R2.2 Elite both of which are fitted with Hyundai’s H-Trac all-wheel drive system and frugal 2.2 litre turbodiesel engine that delivers its power via a smooth shifting eight-speed automatic transmission.

Bold exterior features

The exterior of the 2023 Palisade now features a premium bold appearance which includes a new front and rear bumper fascia, a new front grille, updated headlamps and daytime running lights as well as a new multi-spoke 20-inch wheel design.

The wider, cascading black chrome grille contains rugged parametric shield elements while the headlight signature incorporates new vertically connected LED composite lights that frame the grille. The powerful extended hood profile creates an impressive road presence, while the bold C-pillars and panoramic side glass graphics convey generous third row spaciousness. The enhanced rear end emphasises a wide, stable stance with vertical LED taillamps and lower fascia skid plate details.

Inside story

The interior has been enhanced with several new features which include a new instrument panel, gauge cluster and audio interface design. Updated touch surfaces include a new steering wheel, new seating surfaces and materials and second-row armrest angle adjusters in the seven-seater derivative.

The updated infotainment system now includes a wider high-definition infotainment display screen, the addition of USB-C ports, enhanced 15W wireless device charging, enhanced dynamic voice recognition, an infinity 12-speaker sound system and new customisable user settings. Two Bluetooth devices can now be connected to the infotainment system at the same time.

Under the bonnet

The Palisade is powered by a R2.2 turbocharged diesel engine that offers 142kW at 3 800rpm and 440Nm from 1 750rpm and Hyundai claim that it will use as little as 8,2 litres per 100km on the combined cycle. Power is transferred to the HTRAC four-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic transmission which does a great job of keeping the car in the torque band.

The HTRAC AWD system features a variety of modes via which the driver can tailor the driving experience according to the weather or road conditions.

Updated safety systems

Hyundai has expanded the safety offering of the 2023 Palisade to include a generous suite of driver assistance systems including Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Driver Fatigue Detection and Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Following Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist and Reverse Parking Collision Avoidance Assist.

The Palisade is equipped with six airbags, dual front and side airbags, and roll-over sensing side-curtain airbags. A full-length large side curtain airbag includes third-row seating coverage for enhanced rear occupant protection in the event of a collision.

Model range and pricing

Both the seven- and eight-seater Palisade are priced at R1 099 900 which includes a seven-year/200 000km warranty, seven-year/150 000km roadside assistance and a seven-year or 105 000km service plan.

Browse the new Hyundai Palisade Here.