Spy photographers caught the Hyundai Palisade crossover undergoing road tests in Arizona this summer. Photo credit: BRIAN WILLIAMS | SPIEDBILDE
Hyundai will unveil the Palisade crossover, a big-bodied, three-row rival to the Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9, this month at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
The large crossover will go on sale in the U.S. next summer, Hyundai said.
The Palisade is one of two crossovers Hyundai will add next year as the company races to match the industry’s rapid shift from cars to light trucks. The second is a subcompact.
In between, Hyundai markets the subcompact Kona, compact Tucson and midsize Santa Fe crossovers.
The Palisade name references the topographical terminology for a series of seaside cliffs, the South Korean carmaker said.
But Hyundai said it also hopes the moniker evokes an emotional connection with Pacific Palisades, an affluent and scenic neighborhood in Southern California near Los Angeles.
“Pacific Palisades is home to a collection of midcentury modern masterpiece homes,” Hyundai said. “The region boasts of cool sea breezes, easy access to the beach and spectacular sunsets. It also offers outdoor access of various kinds via three large parks and hiking and biking paths.”
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