Hyundai Could Put BMW and Mercedes in Check With the Palisade N Line
A Hyundai Palisade N might not be around the corner, but the N Line version is coming soonby Ciprian Florea, on LISTEN 03:16
When Hyundai redesigned the Santa Fe for the 2019 model year, it decided that a long-wheelbase version will no longer be sold in the U.S. But it came up with a replacement, the Palisade, which arrived in North America for the 2020 model year.
Also a midsize SUV, the Palisade is 7.6 inches longer and features a 5.3-inch longer wheelbase, enabling Hyundai to go after the highly popular BMW X5 and Mercedes-Benz GLE. But the Korean brand needs a bit more to tackle the German competition and a Palisade N Line model might be it. Will Hyundai offer one?
The N Line trim was introduced on smaller cars to bridge the gap between the regular model and the high-performance N variants. The Hyundai N lineup currently includes the i20, i30, and Veloster, with the Elantra to join in 2021. But the milder N Line package extends beyond these nameplates and it’s now available on the Sonata. In 2021, Hyundai will also offer two N Line SUVs, the Kona and the Tucson. Clearly the company is just testing waters at this point, but soon all of its vehicles will be available in N Line trim, including the Palisade.
Hyundai has yet to confirm a Palisade N Line, but it published images of a hardcore Palisade N model as an April Fool's post in 2020.
The renderings sparked a lot of positive feedback and even though we might not see an actual version on public roads soon, Hyundai will definitely offer an N Line package soon. Maybe even as soon as 2021.
Granted, the N Line package is just a visual upgrade, so it won’t help the Palisade compete against entry-level BMW M and Mercedes-AMG models. But thanks to the 3.8-liter V-6 rated at 291 horsepower, a sportier looking Palisade N would be a solid option against the BMW X5 40i (335 horsepower) and Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 (362 horsepower).
Sure, it’s not as powerful as the competition, but it will end up being notably more affordable while offering similar equipment. While the Bimmer and the Merc start from a little over $60,000, the Palisade N Line wouldn’t cost more than $45,000.
Is Hyundai considering a full-blown Palisade N?
It’s difficult to tell at this point. The beefed-up N package is currently restricted to cars only, but it could expand to crossovers in the future. However, Hyundai will most likely develop N versions of the smaller SUVs, like the Kona and the Tucson. A Palisade N could happen, but it will take a while longer. If it happens, Hyundai will most likely replace the 3.8-liter V-6 with the 3.5-liter V-6 from the Genesis GV80 model, which packs an impressive 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. That’s not enough to compete with the BMW X5 M and Mercedes-AMG, but it would put the Palisade N above entry-level variants of the German SUVs while also keeping it more affordable.
Source: Car Advice