Is the Hyundai Palisade is worthy of the flagship label?

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Hyundai fortifies top of light truck lineup with 2020 Palisade

Named after the neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, it will be Hyundai's new flagship SUV with eight-passenger capability, replacing Santa Fe XL and the Veracruz.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade, set to reach U.S. showrooms in the summer of 2019, is the latest entrant in the hotly contested midsize, three-row family-SUV segment - an area of the market dominated by industry heavyweights such as the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder. The Palisade will ride on an all-new chassis created to offer exceptional second- and third-row space. At the rear, taillights are also vertically oriented.

It is possible that Palisade will be the main front-wheel drive. This is obtained thanks mainly to a sharper angle for the A pillars and to the inclusion of a rear spoiler, a front cooling surface featuring integrated air vents, panels on the undercarriage and rear wheel deflectors. This layout also frees up the centre tunnel, allowing for convenient storage space underneath. For more convenience, the third row offers power-folding/unfolding and reclining seats.

Fabric seats are offered as standard, and the more premium quilted Nappa leather is optional. And just so you understand we're talking about a big SUV here, there's even an intercom system for communicating with passengers in all three rows!

Hyundai fortifies top of light truck lineup with 2020 Palisade
2020 Hyundai Palisade: Shooting for a US Market Homerun With Three Rows and Premium Features

As for what will power the Palisade, it remains a bit of a mystery but we wouldn't be surprised to see more than one engine offered to customers. When it goes on sale next year, the big three-row crossover will seat up to eight-with two cupholders per person-seven USB ports, and available all-wheel drive. There is also 10.25 inch touchscreen, 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster, and wireless charging. Being a family auto, a smooth driving experience is preferred, which is why the Palisade gets an 8-speed automatic transmission. If movement is detected after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors, it will honk the horn and send an alert to the driver's smartphone via Hyundai's Blue Link connected auto system. There are three drive modes; Comfort, Smart and Sport. A newly-developed Snow Mode is available too.

Other standard advanced driver assistance systems include forward collision warning with pedestrian detection and automatic emergency braking, blind-spot detection, lane-following assist, active cruise control and something parents will appreciate: a system that can prevent kids from opening the big door into oncoming traffic.

There's a very American look about it, with plenty of straight lines and and bold elements such as the contrasting grille surround and stacked headlight design.

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