Do you remember the Smart car? The original micromachine was introduced to drivers as the smart solution to congestion. Two decades later, Hyundai has a different idea of what a smart car should be.
Roughly triple the weight of the tiny two-door and capable of carrying four times as many people, the new Hyundai Palisade has brains to match its brawn.
Ongoing changes to Hyundai’s largest model deliver a new look, improved refinement and a major advancement in technology.
The most obvious changes are on the exterior, where a stunning grille, sharper headlights and reshaped 20-inch alloys are added to minor tail tweaks.
The cabin also benefits from a new 12.3-inch digital dashboard and a 12.3-inch central touch screen that aligns it with the brand’s latest models.
Most importantly, the car has a five-star safety rating on the back of a reinforced body, a new center airbag, reverse automatic braking and a forward collision avoidance system that searches laterally for hazards at intersections. .
These features could save your life. And if a crash occurs, the Palisade will automatically call a call center for assistance. Operators will then relay detailed information to emergency services so paramedics know what to expect.
The Palisade is also the first Hyundai with BlueLink, a smartphone app similar to FordPass, myAudi, Porsche Connect or the Tesla app. Owners can use their phone to find the exact location of the car, check if the doors are locked, preheat (or cool) the cabin, and check the wear of key maintenance items. You can send satnav destinations to the car from your phone, and the car can relay navigation tasks back to your handset if you need to walk from a parking lot to a meeting.
Parents can set geolocation and speed limit alerts that let them know if teens are driving too far, too fast, or too late at night.
The app is free for five years, which is a better deal than US customers – it costs US$99 ($142) per year in the US. Expect to see it added to next-gen models when they hit showrooms from 2023.
Other tech upgrades include a 360-degree parking camera and a switch from older USB-A to faster-charging USB-C outlets for six power sources in the cabin.
Priced at $65,900 plus on-road costs (about $71,000 drive-up), the upgraded Palisade costs $5,900 more than the original model launched in 2020.
The standard engine is a 3.8-liter V6 that requires 10.7 L/100 km of gasoline to produce 217 kW and 355 Nm, driving the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Customers can pay $4,000 to upgrade to an all-wheel-drive variant powered by a 2.2-liter four-cylinder turbo diesel combining 7.3L/100km economy with 147kW and 440Nm of power.
Both engines are available in high-end Highlander trim for an extra $10,000, adding a range of extras including a two-tone steering wheel, quilted leather trim, metal speaker grilles, head-up display , a rear sunroof and heated and ventilated seats. the first two rows.
The Highlander trim also adds blind-spot monitoring and reverse automatic braking to the regular car’s list of safety features. Hyundai expects the majority of owners to go all out, paying around $87,500 a car.
The gasoline versions offer brisk acceleration accompanied by a throaty exhaust note and searing fuel bills. The big V6 also tends to get in the way of the front tires, especially on slippery surfaces like wet tarmac or loose gravel.
Diesel options are a better bet, with safe all-wheel drive, superior economy and adequate punch.
Both models benefit from ongoing changes to the body structure, drivetrain and suspension designed to improve the car’s ride and refinement.
Fine-tuning serves to polish a car that has already impressed with balance rare for a car of this size, eliminating sharper bumps without dulling responses to driver input.
Big and smart, the updated Palisade deserves a spot on rider shortlists.
Hyundai Palisade 2.2 CRDi Highlander
THE PRICE About $87,500 by car
ENGINE Diesel 2.2 liters 4 cylinders, 147 kW and 440 Nm
WARRANTY SERVICE 5 years/limited km, $2,445 for 5 years
SECURITY 7 airbags, automatic emergency braking front and rear, active cruise control, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert
THE THIRST 7.3L/100km
CARGO 509 liters
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