Launched: 2023 Hyundai Palisade

A couple of years ago Hyundai launched the Palisade (MY21) for the first time in South Africa where it was generally well received by the media.

The new Palisade sits at the top of Hyundai’s local vehicle line-up.

Last week the facelifted MY23 Palisade hit our shores here in southern Africa, with even bolder design, following the same styling cues than the rest of the very recent Hyundai models, especially when it comes to grill design.

Dynamic design and stylish comfort are its hallmarks.

The grill especially follows a more linear design than that of the MY21, and it certainly communicates premium from the front to the back. The exterior details certainly help this large vehicle to be a bit softer on the eye…

The press launch included various tarmac and gravel roads around the Cape.

We headed out towards Hermanus from Somerset West, on a route consisting of not just tarmac, but a mixture of gravel roads which the Palisade handled extremely well.

Big alloys but generous sidewalls make for decent ride comfort.

We are looking forward to test this car in full, because our experience so far (from the launch) is that it rides really well and handles even better than most Japanese ladder-frame SUV wannabes. I believe this car deserves more sales numbers than history can provide us.

Power comes from a 2.2-liter in-line 4-cylinder turbo-diesel engine with 142kW and 440Nm.

Cabin space is ample, plus you’re being taken care of with heated and cooled seats, for this very warm February we’re experiencing.

The elegant cockpit design includes a large infotainment screen with smartphone integration.

The new Palisade also has sufficient bells and whistles to decorate a whole neighbourhood’s worth of Christmas trees, and believe me, they are not just Chinese gimmicks.

Fully digital instrumentation shows a blind-spot camera when indicating to either side.

You will appreciate your stay.

Push-button gear selection, multiple drive modes, full climate control and ventilated (front) seats.

There are two models to consider in the MY23 range: a 7-seater and the 8-seater. Interestingly, both models hit the floor at the same price:


  • Palisade R2.2 7 seater Elite AWD AT:    R1 099 900
  • Palisade R2.2 8 seater Elite AWD AT:    R1 099 900
Choose between seven or eight seats with the new Palisade models.

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