Going up against the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Palisade to launch in Malaysia this month

Hans · Dec 3, 2021 03:38 PM

Going up against the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Palisade to launch in Malaysia this month 01

 

  • 3.8L V6 naturally aspirated petrol and 2.2L turbo diesel 4-cylinder
  • Available in 2WD or 4WD
  • CBU from Korea, bookings opened

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has confirmed that it will be launching the Hyundai Palisade this month. Unlike its smaller sibling the D-segment Hyundai Santa Fe, this flagship E-segment Hyundai Palisade will be imported (CBU) from the Hyundai Motor Group’s plant in Ulsan, Korea, so don’t expect it to be cheap.

Going up against the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Palisade to launch in Malaysia this month 02

Australian market model shown

Prices have yet to be announced but we expect prices to be close to RM 300k, if not more.

For reference, the similarly large, three-row seat 2.5-litre turbocharged Mazda CX-9, which is also imported (CBU from Japan) sells for RM 319,847 (2WD) and RM 336,215 (AWD).

The locally-assembled Santa Fe sells for between RM 166,974 to RM 207,638.

Going up against the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Palisade to launch in Malaysia this month 01

Australian market model shown

Two engine options are on offer – a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated Dual CVVT V6 that makes 295 PS at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm at 5,200 rpm, or a 2.2-litre CRDi 4-cylinder turbo diesel that makes 200 PS at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm at 1,750 – 2,750 rpm.

Both engines are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, which will send power either to all four wheels via Hyundai’s HTRAC 4-wheel drive, or only to the front wheels.

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South African market model shown, note the button-operated gear shift

Two seating configurations are available – 7 or 8 seaters, the former featuring ventilated, individual ‘captain’ seats in the middle row. All wrapped in quilted Nappa leather.

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Korean market model shown, 7-seater

To ease access to the third row seats, the middle row seats can be moved forward via a one-touch function.

Rear air-conditioning is very important for three-row seat vehicles but the Hyundai Palisade one ups its rivals by offering a roof-mounted air-conditioning that features an industry-first, diffuser that can provide a focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers.

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Korean market model shown, 8-seater

Hyundai says this new diffuser design provides quieter rear air conditioning airflow, draft-free operation, more uniform distribution of air, as well as the capability for a focused stream of air whenever desired.

Going up against the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Palisade to launch in Malaysia this month 05

There’s also a panaromaic glass roof in the rear section for the rear passengers to enjoy.

The Palisade is now open for booking at all Hyundai authorised showrooms. Interested parties can also book online via Hyundai’s new online shopping platform, 'Cl!ck to Buy' at www.hyundai.com.my/clicktobuy.

Hans

Head of Content

Over 15 years of experience in automotive, from product planning, to market research, to print and digital media. Garages a 6-cylinder manual RWD but buses to work.

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