The updated Hyundai Palisade family SUV will reach Australia later this year, with a new look, new technology and upgraded safety – but likely with higher prices to match.
The facelifted 2023 Hyundai Palisade has been revealed in the US, ahead of its arrival in Australian Hyundai showrooms due in the third quarter of 2022 (July to September).
Three and a half years after its reveal – but only 18 months after it arrived in Australia – the seven- or eight-seat Palisade has come in for its mid-life facelift, with a new look, upgraded interior technologies, new active safety features, and new-for-Australia connected car technologies.
Pricing is yet to be confirmed for Australia, however with the extra technology on board, increases are likely over the current range, which is priced from $55,700 to $75,700 plus on-road costs.
The facelifted Palisade’s front end draws inspiration from the new Tucson medium SUV, with a new grille incorporating ‘parametric’ metallic inserts, revised LED headlights with vertical daytime-running light signature, and an abundance of chrome along the lower body.
Other design changes include a new 20-inch alloy wheel style, restyled lower front skid plate, auto-dimming side mirrors, and a revised rear end with a reworked skid plate design.
Inside, the current Palisade’s 8.0-inch and 10.25-inch central touchscreens have been ditched in favour of a new 12.3-inch screen, incorporating wired Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and, in a Hyundai first, a Wi-Fi hotspot.
A fully-digital instrument display continues over from the pre-facelift range – but it’s not clear if this will make it to Australian models, which have been restricted to a 7.0-inch display with analogue dials on either side.
The instrument binnacle, infotainment shortcuts and steering wheel are new for 2023, as is the ‘Ergo motion’ driver’s seat that’s said to offer improved comfort, second-row seat ventilation and ‘wing-out headrests’, acoustic rear door glass, and new-for-Hyundai heated third row of seats.
Technology upgrades include a digital rear-view mirror – which displays a camera feed from the rear window in the central mirror – plus digital key functionality for iPhone and Android phones, a faster 15-watt wireless phone charger (up from 5W), and USB-C ports replacing USB-A.
There’s also an upgraded voice recognition system, a ‘conversation mirror’ allowing front passengers to speak to rear occupants, and Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert, which sounds the horn and notifies the owner if kids or pets have been left in the rear seats after the vehicle is locked.
The Palisade will be the first Hyundai vehicle in Australia to offer the company’s Bluelink connected car technologies, which overseas allows owners to track their vehicle, pre-heat or pre-cool the cabin, check if doors or windows are open, monitor maintenance intervals, and more.
Hyundai Australia is yet to confirm which of the overseas features will be available with Bluelink locally. The company has promised it will “[roll] out across the Hyundai model range” after its Palisade debut – though which cars it will launch on first is yet to be announced.
The Palisade’s safety suite has been expanded with intersection support for the forward-facing autonomous emergency braking system, plus low-speed rear autonomous emergency braking, and the ability to move the car into a parking space from the key fob, when standing beside the vehicle.
The adaptive cruise control system can now detect and slow down for curves on the road, and is integrated into an upgraded ‘Highway Driving Assist II’ system which “maintain[s] a set distance and speed from the vehicle ahead when driving on a highway and helps centre the vehicle in the lane.”
Airbags have been added to protect the second-row passengers’ bodies – rather than just heads – bringing the total airbag count to nine, including curtain airbags for all three rows. There’s no centre airbag between the front seats, however.
While Hyundai Australia is yet to confirm details, Drive understands the updated Palisade will retain a choice of a 217kW/355Nm 3.8-litre non-turbo petrol V6 with front-wheel drive, or a 147kW/440Nm 2.2-litre turbo diesel four-cylinder with all-wheel drive.
In the US, the Palisade gains a Tow Mode when all-wheel drive is optioned with its 3.8-litre petrol V6, which holds gears longer and reduces shifting frequency. It’s unclear if this will be offered with Australian diesel models.
Available exterior colours in the US include Abyss Black, Hyper White, Steel Graphite, Sierra Burgundy, Typhoon Silver, Moonlight Cloud, and new-for-2023 Robust Emerald. Cloth, leatherette, genuine leather and nappa leather upholstery options are available overseas
Also available in the US will be an off-road-themed XRT model, adding dark 20-inch wheels, “rugged-look” fascias, skid plates and door trim, a dark front grille, black roof rails, an electric sunroof, and black leatherette upholstery. It’s unclear if this will come to Australia.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade is due in Australian showrooms in the third quarter of 2022 (July to September). Local pricing and specifications will be announced closer to launch, along with the model range.
Alex Misoyannis has been writing about cars since 2017, when he started his own website, Redline. He contributed for Drive in 2018, before joining CarAdvice in 2019, becoming a regular contributing journalist within the news team in 2020. Cars have played a central role throughout Alex’s life, from flicking through car magazines as a young age, to growing up around performance vehicles in a car-loving family.