The Hyundai Palisade has solely been on sale for 3 years, however the automaker introduced in the present day that its flagship SUV is getting a modest beauty improve and enhanced in-car tech for 2023. There’s additionally a brand new trim, the XRT, which as on Hyundai’s smaller Santa Fe, provides the country-club look of the Palisade a extra rugged visible edge. All are supposed to maintain this common ute forward of the pack.
2023 Hyundai Palisade Styling
It’s laborious to overlook the brand new 2023 Palisade’s distinguished fascia, a design that replaces the previous trapezoid chrome grille with a wider rectangle form that extends on the high, encapsulating the vertical LED composite headlamps. It’s a daring and sweeping assertion, one which seems to nudge the Palisade in direction of the aspirational luxurious phase whereas its company cousin, the additionally updated-for-2023 Kia Telluride, appears to be shifting extra into the active-lifestyle off-road house.
The hood performs into the brand new design as do the extra strakes utilized to the decrease entrance “skid plate.” The rear of the car will get a brand new bumper form, and the door-mounted mirrors now supply auto-dimming performance. In the end, it’s the brand new Sturdy Emerald coloration and new 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels that convey probably the most bling for the buck.
Inside updates embody a brand new instrument panel, gauge cluster and audio interface design, a brand new steering wheel, new seating surfaces and supplies and an “Ergo-motion driver’s seat. In Hyundai-speak that refers to a seat design that makes use of tiny air cells to supply long-term consolation and a small diploma of adjustability based mostly on car pace and drive mode settings. The second row of seats now gives wing-out headrests and seat air flow for further consolation. Lastly, the top-tier Calligraphy trim will get acoustic-laminated rear door glass.
2023 Hyundai Palisade XRT Mannequin
Regardless of the precedence on the shiny bits, Hyundai is making a small appearance-based push into the extra energetic phase with the Palisade XRT. Following the lead set by the Santa Fe and Tucson XRT fashions, the Palisade XRT will get a Darkish-finish grille, “rugged-look” decrease door trim, black roof rails, an influence sunroof, black leatherette upholstery and particular 20-inch alloy wheels.
The XRT joins the bottom SE, mid-level SEL, luxurious Restricted and top-of-the-line Calligraphy trim ranges.
Tech, Security and Inside
The 2023 Palisade gives Wi-Fi hotspot functionality, a primary for the Hyundai model within the U.S.
Wi-fi charging has been juiced up from 5 watts to fifteen watts for sooner machine charging. Hyundai’s Digital Key 2 Contact can also be onboard, permitting homeowners to depart their automobile key at house and use an iPhone, Apple Watch, or Samsung Galaxy smartphone to lock, unlock, and begin their car. USB-C retailers have been added for sooner machine charging.
For passenger comfort, one-touch second-row seat performance permits for straightforward entry into and out of the third-row seat, and power-folding third-row seating is out there. Much more, a dialog mirror permits the driving force to obviously see passengers within the rear.
Whereas Hyundai’s lengthy record of security options is spectacular, the maker added rear aspect influence airbags bringing the variety of commonplace airbags to 9.
Updates to the native Bluelink system embody distant begin enhancements that permit the collection of driver’s seat place and heating or air flow; distant profile administration to replace driver preferences and standing notifications to remind you if the car is unlocked or the home windows are down.
2023 Hyundai Palisade Powertrain
As with the prevailing mannequin, the 2023 Palisade makes use of a 291-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 and eight-speed automated transmission as the only powertrain. Two and four-wheel drive variations can be found, and the HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system provides a brand new Tow Mode that holds decrease gears longer and reduces the frequency of shifting response.
Whereas the 2023 Palisade makeover could appear a bit underwhelming, it’s vital to recollect the car has solely been on sale for 3 calendar years and offered almost 200,000 items by the tip of 2021. Hyundai may have simply let one other yr or two slip by with out lifting a finger however understands these segments thrive on reinvention, regardless of how nuanced. The timing of this makeover additionally dovetails properly with returning 24- and 36-month lessees, who’re extra inclined to re-up if the product seems recent.
Hyundai hasn’t but launched pricing info, however we don’t anticipate the 2023 mannequin to stray removed from the present mannequin’s $34,595 to $48,295 (together with the $1,245 vacation spot) worth vary.