The all-new 2022 Hyundai Palisade has been tipped to launch in Malaysia since last year, but plans have been postponed due to the lockdown. Now the car has finally arrived on our shores with the driver’s seat on the right side. Pun intended.
Back in May, Hyundai’s largest SUV was spotted in a parking lot in Malaysia. However, the particular car was a left-hand-drive unit, dashing hopes that Hyundai Sime Darby Malaysia (HSDM) will be launching the car then.
But this time, the driver’s seat can clearly be seen on the right side in this photo posted by our friends over at Pandulaju. More photos also show that at least three units have arrived on a trailer.
Now that Malaysia has entered various stages of the Recovery Phase, we speculate that HSDM will launch the car by December 2021.
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Like the world over, the Malaysian-spec Palisade will most probably be powered by a 3.8-litre 6-cylinder Lambda II GDi that produces 295 PS and 355 Nm.
Although we wouldn’t rule out that HSDM will also offer the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine that produces 200 PS and 441 Nm as well, similar to the Kia Grand Carnival.
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Measuring at 4,980 x 1,950 x 1,750 mm in length, width, and height with a wheelbase length of 2,900 mm. The Palisade will join the soon-to-launch Hyundai Staria in bringing the Korean brand into the premium realm in Malaysia.
The 7-seater Palisade is comparable to the equally opulent Mazda CX-9 even though the CX-9 can be had with less seats. So, we expect the Palisade to also come with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.