It is likely getting a Tucson-inspired appearance.
The Hyundai Palisade was one of the company’s best-selling vehicles in the United States last year, with 86,539 units sold. These figures reflect a 5.66 percent increase year over year, and it appears that the automaker intends to keep the momentum going with a makeover for the large family SUV. It’s currently in the works, and our spies have sent us a new collection of images documenting the progress so far.
Unfortunately, this prototype is carefully hidden and was discovered testing on public roads in Sweden, where there is still a lot of snow. The front fascia is heavily disguised, and this is where the most of the visual changes will occur. Although we know Hyundai will upgrade the Palisade with a Tucson-inspired appearance, the extra cloth covering entirely blocks our view from the front.
As you can see, the headlights will be modified, and the radiator grille will be more prominent. To match the current Tucson, Hyundai’s designers are thought to be lengthening the headlights to meet the grille. If you recognise the set of 20-inch wheels, it’s because they’re standard on the Palisade Calligraphy. This most likely means we’re looking at the top-of-the-line Hyundai three-row family SUV.
There isn’t much to say about the changes because the back and back end are both covered in the same amount of cloth camouflage. However, there have been reports that the Palisade will have an additional pair of taillights positioned on the tailgate, however we can’t confirm this at this time. Given how much work the manufacturer has spent into covering the vehicle, we believe the bumper may be adjusted as well.
A 3.8-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 is the Palisade’s only available engine in North America. While nothing is certain at this time, it is possible that it will be supported by a new plug-in hybrid powertrain, though Hyundai has yet to confirm this. The single transmission option will be an eight-speed automatic, and the V6 gas engine will most likely remain unchanged.