Hyundai Palisade N is the Toyota Kluger-crushing super SUV we need right now

The Hyundai Palisade has been given the N performance treatment, with the brand’s biggest car mocked up as an eight-seat super SUV.

The offical pics were released via Hyundai’s Instagram channels, and damn if the big bopper doesn’t look the part dressed up in its performance finery. 

Unfortunately, the Palisade N remains a pipe dream for now. That said, it wasn’t unveiled as an April Fool’s joke. Instead, the brand said it was sharing “fun ideas”.

“It’s April Fool’s Day, but instead of jokes we’re sharing fun ideas. What do you think of a Palisade N model? (We might be spending too much time at home),” the post read.

For now, though, we’ll have to make do with the rest of Hyundai’s incoming N line-up, with the i30 N automatic, the i20 N and the Kona N go-fast SUV all readying for an Australian launch.

That said, if a Palisade N was to ever eventuate, we’d be odds-on of getting it in Australia, with the regular version of the jumbo SUV due to arrive in Australia next year. 

Internationally, the Palisade is known as the brand’s flagship SUV, with the seven- or eight-seater arriving with a 10.0-inch multimedia screen, a 12.3-inch digital driver’s binnacle, heated and ventilated seats in the first two rows, a whopping seven USB charge points and a (verging on ridiculous) 16 cupholders.

At almost five metres long, two metres wide and 1.75 metres tall, the Palisade is bigger in every way than the Sante Fe. So big, in fact, you can choose between seven or eight seats, and there’s a whopping 510 litres of cargo space with all the seats in place.

Overseas, buyers get a 3.8-litre petrol V6 (218kW and 355Nm). But as reported previously in CarsGuide, the Australian arm would look to add the 2.2-litre diesel currently used in the Santa Fe to the line-up.