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Hyundai is finally moving past a (briefly) confusing naming scheme for its SUVs with the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, revealed at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The three-row Palisade replaces the Santa Fe XL as the South Korean automaker’s largest SUV, and we finally had a chance to check it out at the show.
Though the Palisade clarifies the positioning of Hyundai’s SUVs — the Santa Fe, Tucson and Kona fill out the lineup from largest to smallest — its styling may leave you a little confused. Those lights running along the top of the hood are actually LED running lights; the headlights sit lower down in a similar fashion to where they are on the Santa Fe and Kona. The lights flank a distinctive grille, which would be the most noticeably sized aspect of the Palisade were it not for the vehicle’s overall size: Up 3 inches in length, 3.6 inches in width, 2.4 inches in height and 4 inches in wheelbase over the outgoing 2019 Santa Fe XL, the Palisade is Hyundai’s largest SUV by a comfortable margin.
Inside, visibility is good thanks to tall, upright windows. The second row is available with captain’s chairs or a bench, and the chairs push forward with the touch of a button for easy access to the third row. Space in the third row is roomy enough for adults, too. Family-friendly features include a roof-mounted air ventilation system that uses a diffuser to generate airflow with less noise, seven USB ports and 16 cupholders — and that’s just for starters.
For more on the 2020 Hyundai Palisade, check out the video above. Look for more details on pricing closer to the Palisade’s on-sale date in the summer of 2019.
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