Hyundai’s flagship SUV the Hyundai Palisade is being evaluated to be launched in the Indian market. At present, the large SUV is only available in the left-hand drive avatar and is targeted towards market that favours large SUVs. But the brand has been planning to make a right-hand drive version of the Hyundai Palisade for the Australian and South African markets and it could conder the 7-seater SUV for India in the near future if the brand finds the luxury car market in India favourable.
Hyundai will be assessing the feasibility of the launch as the car could be brought via the CBU route but will have custom duties incurred on it or the brand could localise the SUV in the Indian market which means it has to fulfil a positive amount of volume to tip the economies of scale. The brand could also bring the right-hand driven model which is said to be under development via the CBU route under the relaxed homologation rules limited to 2,500 units to assess the large SUVs feasibility.
The Hyundai Palisade available in the North American market measures 4,980mm in length, 1,975mm in width, 1,750mm in height, 2,900mm of the wheelbase and in terms of styling features a large chrome studded grille, vertically-oriented headlamp units, LED daytime running lights, raised bonnet ridges, flared wheel arches, 20-inch alloy wheels, chrome window beltline and a vertically-oriented LED tail lamps that reverberate the front.
The interiors feature, a multi-layered dual-tone dashboard with a bridge-type high mounted central tunnel, 7-inch instruments cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system placed in the same plane that gets built-in navigation as well as Apple CarPlay & Android Auto integration, multiple seating arrangements, 7 or 8-seater capacity with captain seats in the middle row, dual-pane sunroof etc.
The Hyundai Palisade is powered by a 3.8-litre GDi V6-cylinder petrol engine that produces 295 Hp of power and 355 Nm of torque matched to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. The SUV is also available with a 2.2-litre TCi diesel engine in select markets.
If Hyundai launches the Palisade in India it will become the most expensive Hyundai model in the brand’s product portfolio in our country.