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The Hyundai Palisade now Available in SA

Quick Facts:

  • Price: From R 1 283 200
  • Engine: 2.2 CRDi engine
  • Transmission: 8-speed Auto
  • Power/Torque: From 142 kW / 440nm

By Aphiwe Nzimande

A vehicle more common in the States and Australia has finally hit our shores.

The new Hyundai Palisade debuts as the brand's flagship model and SUV. Unlike the other markets, it will be available here in Mzansi in a Turbo-diesel engine option only.

It is no shock that the type of car will be in the more commonly loved segment which is the SUV segment, Hyundai deemed it fit to send another unit to come and cause more unrest to its competition and judging by its impact it's sure to be soon a fan favourite

The car is a 7-seater which obviously must mean it needs to be large and wide to fit its description. It measures 49800mm in overall length with its wheelbase coming in at 2900mm, height at 1750mm and width at 1976mm.

Seating will be offered at 7 or 8 seaters and regardless of the extra seats the boot space is still more than capable of handling a fair load as it swallows 509-litres with all of the 3 rows up in place. The Hyundai Palisade will be offered in Elite spec and will come standard with the following:

20-inch alloy wheels eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system seven-inch TFT instrument cluster six-speaker sound system Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and three USB ports wireless smartphone charger tyre pressure monitor artificial leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel heated electric front seats in faux leather full-LED auto on/off headlights keyless entry ventilated front seats on the seven-seat model push-button start heated and ventilated second row on the seven-seat model rear Cross-Traffic Alert Blind Spot Detection dual-zone climate control with rear vents and separate controls folding electric mirrors; one-touch all-round electric windows front and rear parking sensors plus reverse camera cruise control Rear Seat Alert Rear window blinds dual-pane sunroof six airbags Downhill Brake Control Hill Start Assist Trailer Stability Control.

Engine and Transmission 

The heart of the mighty Palisade is Hyundai's favourite single power unit which is the familiar 2.2litre Turbo-diesel tuned to produce 142kw/440nm. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox that is selected by a press of a button which Hyundai call "Fly by motion" technology. Drive/power will be sent to all four wheels, Hyundai claims the Palisade will get from 0-100km/h in 10.5 seconds and a top speed of 190km/h.

Pricing 

The Hyundai Palisade will be available as standard with a seven-year/200 000 km warranty as well as a seven-year/105 000 km service plan, the Palisade comes in a choice of five colours; White Cream, Graphite Grey, Shimmering Silver, Moonlight Blue and Abyss Black Pearl with both models carrying a sticker price of R999 900.

Can this new contender rattle the market and other top brands in the segment or will it go unnoticed?

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