Hyundai accidentally leaked an image of the 2023 Palisade

ByDavid M. Conte

Apr 11, 2022

The official debut is set for April 13 at the New York International Auto Show, but now its cover is blown

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Late last week ahead of the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai teased the front end of the 2023 Palisade with some dark images that featured a new boxy grille. It was supposed to launch on April 13, when we’d be able to judge the rest of the vehicle’s “significantly improved” design.

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Well, it looks like we’re taking a closer look at the expected date – the Korean automaker seems to have accidentally leaked a photo of the SUV, which was posted as a thumbnail for the official YouTube stream of its upcoming reveal. Sure, the sticker was quickly removed, but what’s done is done. The image is in the open, on the World Wide Web, visible in several media (including this one).

As previously promised in teaser images from last week, the front end hasn’t changed drastically, but features new LED headlights and a nose that looks a bit more vertical than the current model’s rounded one. The wider waterfall grille of the 2023 palisade flows a little closer to the headlights than on the 2022, but also allows the lamps to frame this opening more prominently.

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Also, the new multi-spoke alloy wheels are a complete redesign and not as eye-catching as those on the outgoing model, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Unfortunately, the leaked image no longer gives us quite information that we had before. We haven’t seen the rear yet, nor any updates to the cabin, although Hyundai has promised more technical and safety features. Earlier reports suggest the Palisade will retain the current model’s dual-screen layout and center console, but it will indeed get a new steering wheel – the same steering wheel used in the Sonata and Tucson.

The powertrain for the seven- or eight-passenger three-row is expected to remain the same as the 2022 Palisade; it is currently a 3.8-liter V6 developing 291 horsepower mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission in all four versions. No word yet on 2023 pricing, but the base Essential version currently starts at $41,499.

Hopefully this leak can tide you over for a few days, as the actual reveal is still scheduled for April 13 at 9:45 a.m. EST.

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