Hyundai Philippines is making perhaps some of the biggest launches at the 2019 Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). The Korean carmaker has just unveiled the Palisade for the Philippine market.
Given its price of P3,240,000, the seven-seater SUV will cater to the premium market. Up front, it has an imposing hexagonal chrome grille flanked by thin LED headlamps and beefy rectangular foglights. The sides feature more chrome, and underneath are 20-inch alloy wheels.
The PH-spec Palisade is powered by a 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine with 197hp and 441Nm, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. It runs on all-wheel-drive, and comes with Multi-Terrain Control, which is adjustable via a dial. Available driving modes are Eco, Smart, Sport, and Comfort.
Inside, you get leather seats and a claimed 509 liters of cargo space. Creature comforts include wireless smartphone charging, a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display, and heated and ventilated seating with lumbar support for the driver.
Local rivals for the Palisade will likely include vehicles like the Ford Explorer. Think it’s worth the price?