The Hyundai Palisade will get a new higher trim level, dubbed Calligraphy, according to a recent NHTSA document.
Hyundai’s three-row Palisade is a hot commodity in an already competitive segment. We’re fans of the biggest Hyundai thanks to its baked-in value, suite of safety features, and ample space. The range currently tops out with the $46,045 Limited model, but a recent NHTSA VIN document appears to confirm a new trim level will slot in above it, dubbed Calligraphy.
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Hyundai recently revealed the Calligraphy trim in its home market of South Korea. Aiming for a more upscale look, it swaps the horizontal bar grille of the Limited for one with triangular inserts. It also gets a wider front skid plate, different fog lamps, a redesigned rear bumper, and very funky, unique 20-inch alloy wheels. A new paint color option, Rain Forest, is unique to the Calligraphy.
Inside, the seven-seat interior gets standard Nappa leather in one of three shades: the existing black or beige, plus khaki. High-end features like the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and head-up display are also standard.
The VIP trim sits even higher up the food chain in Korea. This swanky trim pampers second-row riders with their own center console, complete with heated and chilled cupholders. Unique headrests house speakers for the second-row entertainment screens, and there are wireless mobile phone chargers in the door trim. The VIP trim is not on the NHTSA document, however.
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Without an official announcement on the Calligraphy, pricing is also unknown at this point. In its home country, the Palisade lineup begins with the front-drive Exclusive trim, which lists for ₩36,400,000 (roughly $29,640 USD at the time of writing). The Calligraphy lists at 47.1 million won in FWD form, or $38.3k American. We predict an American price tag of around $48,000, including destination. We should know for sure in a matter of months.