How can you make one of the best three-row crossovers on the market even better? The Hyundai Palisade and its cousin, the Kia Telluride, are among the best choices in the segment, combining comfort, pleasant driving experience and welcome touch of class thanks to a very attractive interior. Although the Limited version of the Hyundai Palisade comes with all of the goodies and toys available in the U.S. market, there is still a pair of more opulent variants, which are only available in Hyundai’s home country – Korea.
We’ve reported the announcement of the Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy and VIP before, two versions that take the interior and exterior of the Palisade to even higher levels of refinement, but we’ve never really looked at it more closely. . Thanks to Asian Petrolhead, we finally have the opportunity to make our comparisons. It’s also helpful that Charlie, the real name of the man behind the chain, owns a 2019 Hyundai Palisade.
From the outside you will notice very subtle changes to the grille in the form of an inverted triangle and a revised bumper and skid plate. From a distance, you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference. What is fairly obvious, however, is the difference in the design of the wheels. Calligraphy sports a unique 20-inch wheel design and newly painted wheel arches, abandoning the black plastic edge in the bottom trim.
Inside, the most changes are possible, the most obvious being the configuration of the two-seater captain’s seat for the second row, abandoning the eight-seater configuration for a seven-seater configuration. You can also take advantage of quilted Nappa leather on the seats and door areas, and, if the speakers are your thing, the metal design for the speaker housings. The instrument cluster also comes with a fully digital 12.3-inch screen as standard instead of an analog configuration with a small screen in the middle.
Check out the rest of the video to learn more about the Palisade in Calligraphy finish. Do you think it’s worth the premium of almost $ 2,800? As a bonus, we are also fortunate to see some performance figures for the Palisade’s 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine, an option that our market is not able to take advantage of.