Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) today announced that they will be launching the Hyundai Palisade luxury SUV in Malaysia this year. Also confirmed to be launched very soon is the facelifted 2021 Hyundai Kona compact SUV.
Powering the Palisade is an Atkinson-cycle 3.8-liter V6 dual CVVT direct-injected petrol engine which produces 291 hp and 355 Nm of torque.
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Taking inspiration from aviation technology, the Palisade’s key features include a Heads-Up Display (HUD) that projects a virtual image onto the windshield to help driver road visibility. This feature also uses a system of mirrors combined with a full-color TFT LCD display and features adjustable brightness to ensure excellent day and night-time visibility.
The Palisade also boasts an industry-first, innovative new roof vent diffuser design that provides a focused, partially-diffused or fully-diffused stream of air to rear passengers. This new diffuser vent design provides quieter rear air conditioning airflow, draft-free operation, more uniform distribution of air and the capability for a focused stream of air whenever desired.
Another model to look forward to this year is the facelifted 2021 Kona. Among the highlights of the facelifted Kona are a new Smartstream G2.0 Atkinson engine mated to a CVT transmission, a more refined front fascia design, new 17 and 18-inch wheels, an enhanced SmartSense state-of-the-art safety package and a remote starter.
The Two-Wheel Drive KONA Smartstream G2.0 Atkinson four-cylinder petrol engine that is paired with a CVT automatic produces 149 PS of power at 6,200 rpm and 180 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. The Smartstream engine offers dynamic performance with a smoother, comfortable driving experience, reduced emissions and better fuel efficiency.
On the exterior, the Kona received an urban sporty styling as part of Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness global design theme. The new exterior design is even more provocative and sensuous than before with a curved bonnet design.
This facelifted version also projects a more sophisticated and progressive look in its interior. The new console area gets a new horizontal layout while the air vents and speakers also get new rings with aluminium finish.
Also included in the new version is an upgraded ambient lighting technology that lights up the cupholder and foot lamps on the front passenger and driver side. New interior colour options, materials and trims are also to be expected.
Low said that while the Palisade and the facelifted Kona are among models that HSDM will be launching this year, other new models are also in the pipeline and is bound to excite the market. Fans should continue to follow HSDM’s news to find out when the new models are due for launch.
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