An updated Hyundai Palisade will arrive in Australia during the third quarter of 2022 – bringing a new look, more high-tech features and services, and added safety to the table.

    The mid-cycle facelift for Hyundai’s biggest and brashest SUV is having its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show.

    On the design front there are new front and rear bumper fascias, a wider front grille, new-design LED headlights and daytime running lights, different alloy wheel designs, and auto-dimming side mirrors.

    There’s also a new paint option called Robust Emerald.

    Speaking of exterior design, a new Palisade XRT model grade joins the US range with added design flair including dark-finish alloy wheels, “rugged look” bumper fascias and skid plates, new lower exterior door trims, blacked-out roof rails, and black leatherette trim.

    Inside there’s a new instrument panel and cluster design, a different steering wheel, some trim changes, the fitment of an ‘ergo-motion’ driver’s seat, a second-row armrest adjuster, and available acoustic-laminated rear door glass.

    There are also new rear side-impact airbags in the second row to go with the existing head-protecting curtains.

    Added features – standard or options – include heated third-row seats; a 12.0-inch touchscreen (up from 10.25-inch) with 720p resolution; Hyundai-first digital rear view-mirror and WiFi hotspot features; USB-C ports (in place of USB-A), and a 15W wireless charging pad (previously 5W).

    There’s also a new, Mercedes-Benz MBUX-style voice recognition system able to operate things such as the power tailgate, seat heating and cabin temperature, as well as more traditional infotainment instructions.

    The new version will also come with Digital Key 2 Touch that works via Apple Wallet or Samsung Pass, and Bluelink connected car services responsible for things like remote emergency dialing, cloud-based driver preferences, remote app-based start and ventilation, and vehicle tracking.

    Interestingly, Hyundai Australia has confirmed the Palisade will be the launch vehicle for the new Bluelink smartphone-to-car system.

    “Features and specifications for the Australian Bluelink services will be announced closer to launch,” it said.

    Finally, new driver-assist functions include a junction-friendly AEB system with emergency swerve assist, navigation-based adaptive cruise control, a highway pilot that pairs lane-centring aids and said adaptive cruise, AEB in reverse when parking, and the Remote Smart Parking Assist feature which lets you pull the car out of tight spots using the key fob as a remote control.

    Expect the engines to carry over, being a 3.8-litre V6 petrol with 217kW and 355Nm, and a 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel with 147kW and 440Nm. As a present, expect the former to be front-wheel drive and the diesel all-wheel drive, both running an eight-speed automatic.

    The US-market release talks about a new Tow Mode built into Hyundai’s HTRAC on-demand AWD system, which adjusts the powertrain profile by holding lower gears longer and reducing the frequency of shifting response.


    “The new Hyundai Palisade (facelift) is set to arrive locally in Q3 2022, the Australian model line-up and pricing [will] be announced closer to launch,” said Hyundai’s local division.

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    Mike Costello
    Mike Costello is a Senior Contributor at CarExpert.
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