Based on previous spyshots, we know Hyundai is developing an SUV with up to eight seats that will be positioned above the Santa Fe. While the model has yet to be named (or even shown in concept form), the big SUV may be called the ‘Palisade’ after the carmaker trademarked the name with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Referring to a dictionary, the name is defined as “a strong fence made out of wooden or iron poles that is used to protect people or a place from being attacked.” Does that sound like a good fit for a large, three-row SUV model?

Little is known about the Hyundai SUV, but reports indicate it will be underpinned by the same platform used for the production version of the Kia Telluride concept, also a three-row SUV. A range of petrol powertrains with and without all-wheel drive is another likelihood.

Design-wise, mules indicate the Palisade shares a lot in common with the latest Santa Fe and Kona, with a large front grille and slender headlamps among the cues on a blocky body. The model will compete against the likes of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas.

GALLERY: Hyundai three-row SUV prototype spyshots