2021 Hyundai Palisade Gets Fancier With New Calligraphy Model

The Hyundai Palisade took the three-row SUV market by storm when it debuted for the 2020 model year, winning our latest three-row SUV Challenge and Cars.com’s Best of 2020 award. For 2021, the automaker has some minor updates for the model, including an upscale new Calligraphy trim level.

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Calligraphy Model

The Calligraphy trim adds on to the Limited trim, which used to be the top level in the lineup. Outside, it adds 20-inch alloy wheels, specific front and rear signature LED lighting, and additional exterior trim bits. Inside, extras include a microfiber suede headliner, quilted leather door panels and a perforated leather steering wheel.

Mechanically, the all-wheel-drive-only Calligraphy trim adds a downhill brake control system as well as Snow Mode. The new top-of-the-line model starts at $48,890 (including $1,140 destination charge) — $925 more than the penultimate Limited AWD trim.

Other Add-Ons

Elsewhere in the Palisade lineup, other trim levels and options packages are getting some equipment shuffled for 2021. Hyundai says the Drive Guidance Package, which includes the 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system, Highway Drive Assist system, SiriusXM Radio, Blue Link and Driver Talk in-car intercom system, is now part of the Premium Package.

Base SE trim vehicles and above not equipped with navigation now get multiple-device connection capability, HD radio and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. 

Also, LED headlamps are now standard across the lineup, while moonroof and LED map-interior lights have been added to SEL trims and above. Lastly, the Palisade’s trailer pre-wiring connectors for towing now use an upgraded seven-pin connector design, enhanced from the previous model’s four-pin connector design.

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The cost additions for 2021 are minor. Base SE versions with FWD start at $33,665, $550 more than the outgoing model. Base SE versions with AWD start at $35,365, slightly more than the outgoing version’s $34,815 price. 

The 2021 Palisade, including the Calligraphy model, begins arriving at Hyundai dealers later in July.

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