The 2023 Hyundai Palisade facelift has made its debut at the ongoing New York Auto Show. The flagship three-row SUV had made its world debut back in November 2018 and has been updated with a refreshed design as well as enhanced features more than 3 years after its arrival.
Among the design revisions, the new Palisade now gets a wider cascading grille with prominent parametric shield elements that extend towards the bonnet shut line. This is complemented by a wider lower intake featuring a more encompassing silver surround. The vertically-connected LED composite lights have also been redesigned which features thicker bars that make up the DRLs, while the main dual headlamps are tucked inwards of the DRLs and closer to the grille than before.
2023 Hyundai Palisade at NY Auto Show
The rear end remains largely familiar but with slightly tweaked bumper now sporting a large skid plate in the lower apron. This is accompanied by square exhaust finishers as well as reflectors and reverse lights that are placed in a single file rather than being at the corners of the bumper. The updated Palisade also wears new 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels.
Inside the redesigned dashboard gets slim air vents that span nearly the entire width of the dashboard to “add a sense of spaciousness” according to the South Korean automaker. There is a new multi-function steering wheel while a new interface design is also applied to the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and central touchscreen infotainment system.
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Hyundai has also added an Ergo Motion driver’s seat that it says provides better comfort and helps reduce fatigue during long drives, while those in the third row can now enjoy a heating function– first time for a Hyundai model. Meanwhile, the second row seats now offers wing-out headrests and seat ventilation, along with an angle-adjustable armrest for the 8-seat version. Hyundai has also swapped out the USB-A ports for USB-C that can offer quicker charging up to 3 amps, and the wireless charger now pushes out 15 watts instead of 5 watts.
In terms of equipment enhancements, the Palisade becomes the first Hyundai in the United States to be available with a digital rear-view mirror and Wi-Fi hotspot capability. The flagship SUV also supports the latest Digital Key 2, allowing owners with compatible iPhone, Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy devices to unlock and start their vehicle without needing a key fob. Hyundai’s Bluelink telematics system is also on the menu.
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As for safety, rear side-impact airbags are now included as standard equipment and a host of active systems are also available. These include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control, Lane Following Assist, Highway Driving Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Reverse Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist and Remote Smart Parking Assist.
Under the hood the new Hyundai Palisade for North American market continues to get powered by 3.8L Atkinson-cycle petrol V6 engine good for 291 hp of power and 355 Nm of torque. The engine comes paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with a choice of 2- or HTRAC all-wheel drive.
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