2020 Hyundai Palisade Full-Size SUV To Be Offered As An 8-Seat Hybrid

Hot on the heels of learning that Hyundai’s full-size SUV could be dubbed Palisade, our spy photographers have snapped a camouflaged prototype during testing.

Whatever it ends up being called, the full-size Hyundai SUV will use the same platform as the upcoming Kia Telluride. Consequently, it should be sold with front-wheel drive as standard and be offered with all-wheel drive as an option.

The vast majority of variants are bound to use a V6 engine but a number of electrified offerings are inevitable. After all, Hyundai intends on launching 15 electrified models by 2020, including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric, and fuel-cell vehicles. The Kia Telluride should be offered with largely the same powertrain options as the Hyundai.

As the latest-generation Hyundai Santa Fe is no longer sold with seven-seats, the full-size SUV will essentially act as a replacement to that model. However, it will take things one step further and provide seating for eight occupants.

Santa Fe looks but on a bigger scale

From a styling perspective, influence will be taken from the new Santa Fe. Consequently, the full-size SUV will feature a bold front fascia with slim LED daytime running lights. At the rear, we will see vertical taillights and a more upright window and tailgate than the Santa Fe, allowing for ample room in the third-row.

Hyundai has discussed its impending full-size SUV in the past and according to the brand’s president and chief executive Wonhee Lee, it will hit the market in mid-2019. Naturally, a U.S. launch is a given and an arrival in Europe at a later date is likely.

Another all-new SUV from Hyundai is also in the works, namely an A-segment SUV which will be even smaller than the Kona. It too will have styling reminiscent of the Santa Fe and Kona and could also get some form of hybridization.

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  • Dr Strangefingger

    My guess is this could be a huge hit for Hyundai .

    • Bash

      If you look at it from number of occupants, there is no such a lower limit i guess. I mean there are buses that can accommodate 12 and also there are Vans that can do that. we don’t cross each one with another. But perhaps length wise is the limit you are looking for. But again there are some buses out there that are shorter than few RVs I’ve seen.
      Now I’m confusing my self.

      • Dr Strangefingger

        Wait… what??? Lol!

        • Bash

          I mean, am I right? lol

    • Mill0048

      Well, they’re certainly replacing the mini-van.

      • Harry_Wild

        Minivans live on! I see a lot of them now are independent contractor vehicles instead of large pickup trucks. It is odd but I can see the functionality over pickup trucks. Hauls a big load even 4′ X 8′ sheets of drywall, plywood. Fuel efficient and sort of fun to drive around in too.

    • bd0007

      This is likely more the size of the Pilot and Pathfinder rather than the Traverse – which is about 10″ longer.

  • Rocket

    So now the Telluride is sharing the FWD Palisade platform? Just yesterday it was suggested that it could share the Genesis GV80’s RWD platform.

    • bd0007

      That was based on another source which made an erroneous assumption.

      • Rocket

        Maybe. We’ll know soon enough …

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Good work Hyundai.
    My question is how come they have so much cojones?
    New product launches and good looking too.
    A few Japanese companies could use this level of boldness (Mazda, Acura, etc)

  • Liam Paul

    full size SUV as in Chevy tahoe Full size SUV or something more like the gmc acadia that I believe is a 7 pass suv

    • pjl35

      if anything, it would be the equivalent of the Chevy Traverse or Buick Enclave.

      • Liam Paul

        Yea I was thinking that too,wish I could see it next to a Santa fe to tell how much bigger it is, if it is as big as a tahoe, I think it would be a quick money maker for them

      • bd0007

        Likely smaller than the Traverse (over 204″ in length) and closer to the size of the Pilot (194.5″).

  • Benjamin B.

    I believe the 2.2L diesel-powered Santa Fe will be offered with a rear jumper seat, offering 7 seats.

  • Galaxium

    Not sure how well the Palisade name will stick. I think Santa Fe XL might have been better, but that might cause consumers to associate it with a smaller SUV. Same for Kia’s Telluride.

    They’re both named after cities on the west coast area, so I may be wrong as well.

    • Benjamin B.

      I thought it’ll be badged as the new Veracruz.

    • Althea Later

      I just realized Palisades Park in NJ is very Korean LOL

  • Althea Later

    Will they have a “Park” edition with an amusement park theme interior?

    • Joe E

      They should also have a “Pacific” edition (as in Pacific Palisades) for us out here reppin da WEST SIDE

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