2023 Hyundai Palisade facelift launched in Malaysia – 8- and 7-seater, 2.2L diesel and 3.8L petrol, fr RM369k

2023 Hyundai Palisade facelift launched in Malaysia – 8- and 7-seater, 2.2L diesel and 3.8L petrol, fr RM369k

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade facelift has been launched in Malaysia, and the three-row SUV arrives with two powertrain options – a 2.2-litre turbodiesel and a 3.8 litre naturally aspirated petrol V6 engine – and two trim levels (seven or eight seats) across four variants, as with the pre-facelift Palisade that was launched in Malaysia in December 2021.

Pricing starts from RM368,888 for the Palisade Executive 2.2L Diesel eight-seater, RM378,888 for the Palisade Executive 3.8L Petrol eight-seater, RM389,888 for the Palisade Luxury 2.2L Diesel seven-seater and up to RM399,888 for the Palisade Luxury 3.8L Petrol seven-seater; all prices are for Peninsular Malaysia, on-the-road excluding insurance.

Measuring 4,995 mm long, 1,975 mm wide and 1,750 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,900 mm, the Palisade remains largely the same size as its pre-facelift iteration, albeit now having gained an additional 15 mm in length from a 20 mm longer front overhang, offset by by a 5 mm shorter rear overhang.

The 3.8 litre NA petrol V6 is rated to produce 295 PS at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm, while the 2.2 litre turbodiesel makes 200 PS at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm to 2,750 rpm.

Both the Lambda II 3.8 GDI petrol powerplant and the R2.2 CRDi diesel unit are paired with eight-speed automatic gearboxes, albeit differing in driveline; in Malaysia, the petrol version is offered solely in front-wheel-drive, while the diesel version gets HTRAC all-wheel-drive.

In the AWD-equipped diesel variant, the HTRAC system automatically varies the torque split between the front and rear axles, from 100:0 (full FWD) to an 50:50 equal split AWD.

Across both powertrain options, the driver gets access to drive modes – Comfort, Eco, Sport and Smart – via a rotary selector, and in diesel-powered variants with all-wheel-drive, the rotary selector additionally incorporates the HTRAC terrain management system with additional modes for Snow, Mud and Sand.

In terms of aesthetics, the 2023 Palisade facelift codenamed LX2 PE – suffixed for Product Enhancement – gains a slightly more upright, square-cut set of shapes relative to the pre-facelift, now receiving a radiator grille that is more rectangular, a redesigned set of headlights and DRLs, as well as restyled front bumper and skid plate trim.

Located next to the grille in its Parametric Jewel design are the tinted indicator units, forming a visual extension of the blocks from the grille. Meanwhile, the LED DRL strips have been relocated to be outboard of the LED high- and low-beam lights, compared to the pre-facelift.

Changes to the rear end of the Palisade for its facelift include the rear combination lamps, reflectors, rear bumper and skid plate, as well as a new alloy wheel design that measures 20 inches in diameter, shod in tyres measuring 245/50. The rear lamps are where the petrol and diesel variants can be visually differentiated; the diesel gets halogen brake lights alongside its LED tail lamps and indicators, while the petrol gets the full LED tail lamp setup.

Inside, the Palisade facelift is offered with a choice of black synthetic leather and cloth interior trim, burgundy Nappa leather with cloth interior trim and as shown in the images here, warm grey Nappa leather paired with layered wood interior trim. Together with the six available exterior paint colours – Creamy White Pearl, Graphite Grey Metallic, Shimmering Silver Metallic, Moonlight Blue Pearl, Abyss Black Pearl and Gaia Brown Pearl – any pairing of interior trim and exterior paint finish can be specified, says Hyundai Malaysia.

Front seats get heating and ventilation, with 12-way adjustment (plus cushion extension and lumbar support) and memory for the driver’s seat, and eight-way power adjustment for the front passenger seat. As with the pre-facelift, this updated Palisade gets heated and ventilated second-row seats for the seven-seat version, while the the second row in the eight-seater gets heating only.

Access to the third row is facilitated by a one-touch release of the second-row seats, which can also be folded flat from the rear of the vehicle by pressing a button within the luggage compartment. Cargo space in the Palisade facelift is 1,297 litres with the second and third rows folded, or 509 litres when all three rows of seats are upright.

Infotainment now gets upsized to a 12.3-inch AVN unit, up from the 10.25-inch item in the pre-facelift Palisade, and features split screen functionality, a vehicle setting assist function, as well Bluetooth for up to two devices simultaneously for audio streaming.

Apple Carplay and Android Auto now require a wired phone connection for both, compared to the wireless functionality in the pre-facelift SUV. Audio in the Palisade facelift is via a six-speaker sound system.

For powering mobile devices, each of the three rows of seats in the Palisade facelift get two USB-C charging outlets, rated for a maximum of 27 W and 3 A. There are also four 12-volt power outlets throughout the cabin, located in the centre console, front and rear rows and in the luggage compartment. Meanwhile, the wireless charging pad for mobile devices has been uprated in this facelift to 15 watts, up from the 5-watt output of the pre-facelift Palisade.

The driver gets an upsized head-up display too, which is now a 2.6-inch, 800×480 pixel resolution HUD in this facelift, up from the 1.8-inch, 480×240 pixel resolution of the previous iteration. In contrast to the international market specification, the HUD for Malaysia does not include navigation/turn direction arrows.

Active safety equipment in the Palisade facelift now gains the Multi-Collision Brake System (MCB), which slows the vehicle in the event of an accident that deploys the vehicle’s airbags in order to prevent the occurrence of secondary, subsequent impacts. The MCB operates when the vehicles is travelling below 180 km/h at the time of collision, and if the brake and accelerator pedals are minimally depressed.

Also part of the Palisade facelift’s ADAS suite are forward collision avoidance assist with detection for vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and junction turning, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, smart cruise control with stop and go, high beam assist, driver attention warning and lead vehicle departure alert.

Also on are blind spot collision warning, blind spot collision avoidance assist, safe exit assist, rear cross-traffic avoidance assist and forward/reverse distance warning (parking sensors). For child seats, a total of three are accommodated in the Palisade facelift, with two ISOFIX mounting positions in the second row and one in the third row.

Offered as standard is a two-year, 50,000 km warranty, while the optional extended warranty package that gives a five-year, 300,000 km coverage is priced at RM11,000 for the petrol variants, and RM12,000 for the diesel variants, which will then also include a three-year service package.

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  • High road tax and high price, but awesome specs. Let’s go kimchi, lol.

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  • Knightrider on Jan 20, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    Very rare in malaysia…saw only Agong drives this…

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  • FudgeMeSideways on Jan 20, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    Harga Yahudi

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  • seancorr on Jan 20, 2023 at 4:51 pm

    Lmao facelift downgrade to wired Android Auto and Carplay

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  • anonymous on Jan 20, 2023 at 5:12 pm

    “Audio in the Palisade facelift is via a six-speaker sound system.” which I quite a shame tbh considering it’s a gigantic car. it’s really sad that in malaysia we almost always have to settle for sub par sound systems when it comes to our cars (despite over inflated prices). it’s not a regional thing either because even the Indonesian specced Palisade gets the 12 speaker infinity sound system.

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  • Launching at the back of a garage? What is this….

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    • Hentai Siam Dobi on Jan 21, 2023 at 4:54 pm

      Times are bad bro. No money rent ballroom. You wanna place an order and help us out?

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  • HSDM sleeping on Jan 20, 2023 at 7:19 pm

    How can 2.2 and 3.8 have such little price difference given their huge difference in excise duty rates??

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  • If traders overchaege, gomen comes in and confiscate their goods. If gomen overtax, nothing happens although bank loans are partly used to pay those excessive taxes, which is a very bad use of funds which ideally should be used to finance businesses.

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  • Carl25 on Jan 22, 2023 at 2:36 pm

    in Malaysia later be called hyundai pelesit

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