The updated Hyundai Palisade family SUV is due in showrooms next month, with more technology, upgraded safety and a new look – but higher prices.
- 2023 Hyundai Palisade pricing and specifications
- Facelifted styling matches carry-over petrol and diesel engines
- Upgraded tech and safety, including digital dash and centre airbag
- Priced from $65,900 plus on-road costs
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade will be up to $5711 – or close to eight per cent – more expensive than before, when the facelifted range arrives in showrooms next month (August 2022).
Revealed in April, the facelifted Palisade large SUV range gains a new look, more technology and upgraded safety – but carries over Hyundai’s petrol V6 and turbo-diesel four-cylinder engines, offered in two model grades: Elite and Highlander.
Prices start from $65,900 plus on-road costs, and span up to $79,900 – increases of between $3700 and $5711, depending on variant.
The unnamed base model (simply called ‘Palisade’ and originally listed at $55,700 to $59,700 plus on-road costs) has been axed, after accounting for less than 10 per cent of sales.
When it launched at the end of 2020, the Hyundai Palisade was priced from $60,000 to $75,000 plus on-road costs, for the same two-model, two-engine range – meaning the 2023 range is $4900 to $5900 dearer.
Leading the updates coinciding with the price rises is an upgraded safety suite, which includes new advanced safety features, and an airbag between the front seats designed to prevent front head-strike between front-seat occupants in a severe side-impact crash.
The safety upgrades follow a four-star safety rating issued for the pre-facelift Hyundai Palisade by independent safety body ANCAP in early June – the only current ANCAP-rated vehicle in the non-luxury large SUV segment without five stars.
ANCAP has previously indicated plans for the “safety-related changes introduced to the updated [Palisade] model [to] be assessed” – though when this will occur is yet to be confirmed.
Other upgrades include intersection support for the autonomous emergency braking system, multi-collision braking, and traffic sign recognition. Australia will miss out on the second-row side airbags (for passengers’ bodies) available in the US, though head-protecting curtain airbags remain for all three rows.
Alongside safety, the Palisade’s general suite of tech features has been given a boost, with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster offered since launch in the US now available in Australia – along with Hyundai’s suite of Bluelink connected car services.
A new 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen is fitted across the range for the 2023 model – up from 10.25 inches – while a digital rear-view mirror, second-row seat ventilation and a higher-power wireless phone charger are among the new features.
Powering the Palisade is a choice of a 217kW/355Nm 3.8-litre non-turbo petrol V6 with front-wheel drive, or a 147kW/440Nm 2.2-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engines with all-wheel drive. Both use eight-speed automatic transmissions.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade range is due in Australian showrooms next month (August 2022).
The Hyundai Palisade and half-a-size-smaller Santa Fe family SUVs have been effectively level in sales in recent months, with 2222 Palisades reported as sold so far this year, compared with 2119 Santa Fes.
Each car accounts for about 3.5 per cent of the non-luxury large SUV segment – which is dominated by the Toyota Prado and Kluger.
2023 Hyundai Palisade Australian pricing
- Palisade Elite petrol V6 FWD – $65,900 (up $3700)
- Palisade Elite diesel AWD – $69,900 (up $3700)
- Palisade Highlander petrol V6 FWD – $75,900 (up $4788)
- Palisade Highlander diesel AWD – $79,900 (up $5711)
Note: All prices exclude on-road costs.
2023 Hyundai Palisade Elite standard features:
- Restyled front end with new black grille, new skid plates and revised light designs (new)
- New 20-inch alloy wheels (with full-size alloy spare)
- LED headlights, tail-lights, daytime-running lights, rear fog lights and third brake light
- 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen (new, up from 10.25-inch)
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (new, up from 7.0-inch)
- Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite navigation and reversing camera
- Voice recognition (new)
- Bluelink connected car functionality with navigation telematics (new)
- 12-speaker Infinity sound system
- Single-panel sunroof
- Tri-zone climate control with second/third-row roof and second-row floor vents
- Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
- Power-adjustable driver’s seat
- Leather-appointed seats
- Four-spoke, single-tone leather-wrapped steering wheel (new design)
- Hands-free power tailgate
- 15-watt wireless phone charger (upgraded from five-watt)
- 16 cup holders
- Electric parking brake with auto hold
- Keyless entry and start
- Drive mode selector
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Front centre airbag (between the driver and front passenger, new)
- Seven other airbags (including third-row curtain airbags)
- Autonomous emergency braking (with intersection support, new for 2023)
- Multi-collision braking (new)
- Traffic sign recognition (new)
- Safe exit assist (new)
- Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
- Lane-keep assist
- Lane following assist
- Blind-spot monitoring with detection and braking
- Rear cross-traffic alert with detection and braking
- Rear occupant alert
- Driver attention warning
- Auto high beam
- Tyre pressure monitoring
- Trailer Stability Assist
2023 Hyundai Palisade Highlander adds (over Elite):
- Highlander-exclusive skid plates, chrome grille (with hidden daytime-running light) and 20-inch wheels (new)
- Revised tail-light signature with back-up light guide (new)
- Body-coloured cladding and bumpers
- Nappa leather upholstery
- Dual sunroof with tilt function
- 360-degree camera
- Blind-Spot View Monitor (projects side mirror cameras into the instruments)
- Low-speed rear autonomous emergency braking (new, badged Parking Collision-Avoidance Assist)
- Remote Smart Parking Assist (new, remote control of vehicle into spaces from the key)
- Digital rear-view mirror (new)
- Two-way power front passenger lumbar (new)
- Two-tone, four-spoke steering wheel (new)
- Heated and ventilated front and second-row seats (second-row ventilation new)
- Memory for driver’s seat
- Heated steering wheel
- Rain-sensing wipers
- Suede roof lining
- Head-up display
- Rear door blinds
- Automatic defogger (new)
- Second-row ‘wing-out’ headrests (new)
Available exterior colours include:
- Creamy White
- Shimmering Silver
- Graphite Grey
- Abyss Black
- Gaia Brown
- Sierra Burgundy
- Moonlight Blue
- Olivine Grey
- Robust Emerald
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.