The biggest SUV in the lineup of Korean manufacturers is a pretty new name in the business. It arrived a year ago, so we would usually expect to see no bigger changes for the second production year. However, that won’t be the case with the 2021 Hyundai Palisade, as one big novelty is coming, in the form of Calligraphy trim level, which will be the range-topping version of the SUV. This model will come with loads of upgrades, starting from loads of additions to the list of standard equipment.
On the other side, the rest of the lineup is expected to carry on in the same way, with familiar design characteristics. You may count on the same layout, on a familiar styling and interior design. Furthermore, the engine lineup will most likely remain the same, despite that some sources speculate about the hybrid model. Despite some nice changes, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade should arrive at a typical time of the year.
2021 Hyundai Palisade Changes
There is no doubt that the biggest change for the next year will be the introduction of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy model. This will be a new range-topping version of the SUV, the highest trim level in the offer. It will come with loads of exclusive features, but we also expect to see a couple of exclusive styling details. In terms of mechanics, the biggest upgrade will be a self-leveling rear suspension.
Still, the biggest part of this trim level will be a huge amount of interior features. Some of the things we expect to see on the list of standard equipment are a 12.3-inch digital instrument screen, 10.3-inch touchscreen. Furthermore, you may count on Nappa leather, heated and ventilated seats.
The rest of the lineup shouldn’t feature any particular changes, though there is always a chance to see a couple of revisions.
On the inside, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade will definitely carry on in the same way. With 114.2 inches in wheelbase, it’s no wonder that all three rows of seats are spacious. The first two are particularly comfortable, while the third one seems okay but best to be left for kids. We really like the seats, which are really massive and supportive. Another thing you will definitely appreciate very good visibility in all directions.
When it comes to interior quality, this is the most luxurious Hyundai we’ve ever seen. The whole cabin is made of super fine materials and even lower trim levels look really attractive. The dashboard looks attractive, while the long list of standard equipment makes it look even more luxurious.
The cargo area is also pretty big and offers quite respectable numbers for the class. You may count on about 18 cubic feet behind the third row. There are 48.5 cubic feet behind the second and more than 86 cubic feet of the overall volume.
Other than the Calligraphy version, which is about to come with a full load of exclusive features. The rest of the lineup will probably carry on in the same way. This means that base models will carry on with goodies like a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an 8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, three first-row USB ports, two second-row USB ports, and Bluetooth. In higher trim levels, you can also get tech goodies like dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a single- or dual-pane sunroof, puddle lights, ambient lighting, a household-style power outlet, navigation, a 10.25-inch touch screen, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, premium audio system and more.
When it comes to safety, all models will be equipped with things like forward collision warning, forward automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, a rear occupant alert, lane keep assist, lane centering assist, driver attention monitoring, adaptive cruise control, a rearview camera, parking sensors etc.
2021 Hyundai Palisade Engine
Under the hood, things will most likely remain the same. This means you may count on a familiar 3.8-liter V6, which puts out around 291 horsepower. Such an amount of power ensures a pretty convenient ride. Acceleration is pretty good, as well as the overall performance. Furthermore, the 8-speed automatic transmission works pretty well and ensures a pretty smooth ride. Fuel economy is pretty typical for the class, as this large crossover returns around 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
Some sources also suggest the arrival of a hybrid version. However, this is pure speculation. The company is still quiet on this matter, so we may presume such a model won’t arrive so soon.
2021 Hyundai Palisade Release Date and Price
We expect to see 2021 Hyundai Palisade sometime in the second half of the year, most likely in the last quarter. When it comes to the price, base models should go around 32.000 dollars. When it comes to the competition, some of the models that come to mind are Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, VW Atlas, Ford Explorer etc.