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Hyundai Palisade is solid, affordable choice for SUV buyers

All Headlines 18:58 December 11, 2018

YONGIN, South Korea, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- Hyundai Motor Co.'s Palisade flagship could be the most appealing and affordable choice in the highly contested mid-large-size SUV market.

In a 140-kilometer drive on Tuesday that took two hours from Yongin to Yeoju, southeast of Seoul, the Palisade with a 2.2-liter diesel engine mated to a eight-speed automatic transmission showcased good driving characteristics in terms of acceleration, braking and overall handling.

The test vehicle's bold styling accented the carmaker's signature cascade grille, coupled with 20-inch Michelin tires, and vertical LED headlights and taillights gave it a masculine look.

Its suspension system soaked up bumps and imperfections of the road, and while there was wind and road noise at speeds exceeding 140 kilometers per hour, the cabin remained quiet overall.

This photo taken on Dec. 11, 2018, shows Hyundai Motor's Palisade flagship SUVs running on a motorway in Yongin, just southeast of Seoul, during a media test-drive event. (Yonhap)

On a 2-kilometer off-road course, the Palisade showed off its driving performance in three different conditions -- snowy, sandy and gravel. The Palisade is Hyundai Motor Group's first SUV model equipped with such off-road functions.

On paved roads, the overall size of the car did affect acceleration even at full throttle, although it can be argued that such cars are not exactly designed for speed and are more tailored to meeting the requirements of a family hauler with the capability to go off-road under certain scenarios.

The Palisade is definitely a family car, offering more space and safety features at very reasonable prices compared to its immediate rivals, such as the Ford Explorer and the Chevrolet Traverse SUV.

The 2.2-liter diesel model starts at 36 million won (US$31,000), and the prices rise to 42 million won depending on options. The 3.8-liter gasoline turbocharged model is priced at 35 million-40 million won.

The new SUV boasts nine air bags, spacious eight-passenger seating with high-end materials used throughout the cabin, advanced convenience and safety features and ample cargo space, even with the third-row seats in place.

Safety features include lane keeping assist, forward collision-avoidance assist and blind-spot collision-avoidance assist systems.

Hyundai has added the Palisade to its SUV lineup currently composed of the Kona subcompact, Tucson compact and Santa Fe midsize models.

It plans to launch the flagship crossover in the United States in the summer of 2019 to bolster sales in the world's most important automobile market.

These photos taken on Dec. 11, 2018, show the button-type control system of the Palisade SUV (L) and 20-inch Michelin tires on the flagship SUV. (Yonhap)

kyongae.choi@yna.co.kr
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