R1m for Hyundai's new Palisade? What to know about SA's latest SUV

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2021 Hyundai Palisade
2021 Hyundai Palisade

The Hyundai Palisade shares a common platform with Kia's Telluride SUV.

A turbodiesel 2.2-litre engine with 147kW and 440Nm will only be offered in SA.

The Palisade will be launched locally in September 2021.

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Fresh from the launch of the refreshed Kona in July, Hyundai is once again on a model offensive as they're set to launch their new Palisade SUV in South Africa.

Though further details and specifications are yet to be confirmed closer to the launch, the brand-new offering will be launched locally on 2 September.

The SUV also shares a platform with Kia's Telluride.

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A five-year or 150 000km manufacturer's warranty, Hyundai's trademark seven-year or 150 000km roadside assist and a seven-year or 105 000km service plan is standard across the range.

2021 Hyundai Palisade
2021 Hyundai Palisade

Spotted in SA: Hyundai's new Palisade will tackle the premium heavy-hitter SUVs

Here are a few things to know about the Korean brand's latest addition:

R1million pricetag?

According to the Hyundai SA website, pricing for the range starts from R999 900 and customers can choose between seven or eight-seater configurations.

Only one engine

Only a single-engine option will be available in South Africa - a turbodiesel 2.2-litre engine with a maximum output of 147kW and 440Nm. Power is sent to all four wheels an eight-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC manual shift mode.

Safety and convenience features

Being a premium offering, the Palisade is packed with a number of top echelon safety and convenience features like Park Assist with Rear Camera, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Wireless charging and front electric seats, to name a few.

Its place in the line-up

The Korean brand already has a rich local SUV line-up with the likes of the smaller Creta, Tucson, Santa Fe, Kona and Venue currently on offer. The Palisade will find itself as the most premium offering of them all.


The Palisade finds itself on some hallowed turf and will be competing against some established SUV offerings like BMW's X5 and Mercedes-Benz' GLE.

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