2023 Hyundai Palisade Facelift spied in the cold with heavy camouflage

Hyundai doesn’t sell the Palisade in Europe, but that doesn’t stop it from testing the facelifted version near the Arctic Circle. In fact, the previous statement is not entirely accurate since the large SUV is available in Russia where it is also built. The small crossover Creta and Sonata are also on sale in Putin’s country. Positioned above the Santa Fe, the three-row family hauler is gearing up for a pinch-and-tuck game coming later this year.

We’ve seen these wheels before, especially on the higher-end Calligraphy trim level where the 20-inch set has the same angular, asymmetrical design. The redesigned front grille peeking through the mesh looks quite glitzy and further suggests that we are looking at the crème de la crème. Hyundai designers are thought to extend the headlights to meet the grille to echo the latest Tucson.

Arranged vertically, rectangular cutouts in the rear camo could be for an additional set of tailgate-mounted taillights. There’s not much else we can see at the moment, although the piles of disguises may hide some tweaks to both bumpers. The side mirror caps with their clever indicators will be retained.

Some test vehicles were captured some time ago at their home in South Korea and the man with the camera took a snapshot of the interior. The cabin looked pretty much the same, although we’re sure Hyundai will make a few changes to the trim and whatnot, apart from updating the infotainment system to the latest version. There could also be more safety tech on board, and we’re not ruling out the possibility of a hybrid and/or plug-in hybrid powertrain.

Based on a presentation shared with investors by Hyundai in May 2021, the facelifted Palisade will be released later this year along with a mid-cycle update for the Sonata.

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