Social media is pretty much all of the social interactions we get these days, especially now that a large chunk of the Klang Valley will be placed under EMCO starting tomorrow. And if there’s a carmaker that’s on top of its social media game here in Malaysia, it definitely has to be Hyundai.
After teasing the arrival of many of its new models via its Facebook page, it’s now the Palisade SUV’s turn to make an appearance on Hyundai Sime Darby Motor’s Facebook page, in a post masquerading as a friendly check-in during the MCO stay-at-home period – but we all know that it’s just to tease their upcoming new car… probably (we’re kidding).
The Palisade appearing on Hyundai Malaysia’s Facebook page is nothing to be surprised about. The company already confirmed earlier this year that the “mid-size” SUV will be making its way over to our country. But aside from that, this is actually the first time the Palisade has been featured in any of their communications. Could this mean that a launch is imminent?
HSDM has already confirmed earlier that the Malaysia-specification Hyundai Palisade will be powered by a naturally-aspirated 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine, which makes an “estimated” 291 hp and 355 Nm of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
That big of an engine should prove useful for such a massive SUV – the biggest in Hyundai’s stable, measuring over 200 mm longer and 80 mm wider than the Santa Fe!
But aside from the engine, there’s really not much information out there just yet on the Malaysian-specification Hyundai Palisade. Will we be getting front-wheel drive only, or all-wheel drive courtesy of Hyundai’s HTRAC AWD system? Only time will tell – but the good thing is we probably don’t have to wait for too long more.
In terms of features, HSDM also only mentioned two in their original announcement: a full-colour head-up display, as well as an “industry-first” roof vent diffuser for the air conditioning system that can provide either a focused, partially-diffused, or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers.
However, we expect to see a fairly standard equipment list on the Malaysian Hyundai Palisade, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster for the driver, alongside an eight-inch infotainment display on the floating panel above the dashboard – the latter upgradeable to a 10.25-inch unit in global markets.
The Hyundai SafetySense advanced driver assistance system is also standard on the global Palisade, so it’s hopeful to see it included on the Malaysian-spec model too.
The suite includes features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) with Pedestrian Detection, Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Avoidance Assist, Safe Exit Assist, High Beam Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go.
With about six months left to go for the year, plus the teaser on its Facebook page, an official launch shouldn’t be too far away from now – so keep your eyes peeled as we bring you the latest news as soon as we get them!