Hyundai Working on New 8 Seat Crossover


Hyundai has announced that a new three-row crossover is in the works, aiming to compete in the larger midsize market. Dubbed the Hyundai Palisade, the new eight-seat crossover is being designed from the ground up on a new platform. The Palisade will be the largest Hyundai crossover since the now-discontinued Veracruz, slotted above the Santa Fe and replacing the Santa Fe XL.  

The Hyundai Palisade will become the fourth unique nameplate for Hyundai's crossover lineup after the Kona, Tucson, and Santa Fe. With the North American market for larger-sized crossovers growing quickly, Hyundai wants to capitalize on this fast-growing segment. New entries into the segment from competitors like Volkswagen and Subaru and freshly re-done options from Ford and Chevrolet are already capitalizing on the large three-row crossover segment.    

When will the new Hyundai Palisade be in dealerships?

Hyundai says that the new Palisade crossover will be in production for the 2020 model year, so it should enter dealerships in mid- or late-2019. Timing will depend on several factors and will be more well-known as we get closer to the 2020 model year. The new Hyundai crossover will replace the current Santa Fe XL three-row.   

Is the new Hyundai crossover related to the Kia Telluride?

Both the new Hyundai Palisade and the similar Telluride from Kia will be based on some shared technologies. The two vehicles, however, will be as different from one another as are most of the Hyundai and Kia lineups.    

The Hyundai Palisade looks different from the other vehicles on the Hyundai lot. Why?

The new Hyundai crossover will likely bring in a fresh new look for the Hyundai crossover lineup. We have yet to hear officially from Hyundai on production plans or future product plan changes, but suspect that the more grille-enhanced, bulkier appearance of the Hyundai Palisade conceptuals will carry forward into production. This could change how some other vehicles in the Hyundai lineup appear going forward from there.   

What will happen to the Santa Fe?

The Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models will remain in the Hyundai lineup of crossovers. Only the longer Santa Fe XL three-row will be discontinued in favor of the Palisade.    

Will the Hyundai Palisade be an SUV or a crossover?

In the limited amount of information given so far for the new Hyundai crossover, it is clear that the Palisade will be a crossover-SUV and not a body-on-frame sport utility as was the former Veracruz model and the current Santa Fe model.    

Will seating arrangements in the new Hyundai crossover be variable?

The specifications for the new Hyundai Palisade have not been finalized or released by Hyundai, but initial information includes "up to" eight seats. From this we can infer that, like most crossovers in the large-midsize class, the Palisade will have both a seven and an eight seat option. Likely with captain's chairs in the center row as optional over a bench.    

Likewise, we do not know the final size or interior space specifications for the Hyundai Palisade, but can expect that they will be competitive with others in the segment.

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