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2025 Hyundai Palisade N Design Project Imagines a Spicy Farewell to the Current Iteration

2025 Hyundai Palisade N rendering by jota_automotive 11 photos
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Asian carmakers, with few exceptions, are all doing great across the US automotive market, according to the sales reports corresponding to the first six months of the year.
Toyota is trailing General Motors with a little over 100k sales for a seat on the delivery throne; American Honda was up more than 9%. In comparison, the overall market barely nudged (+0.1%) during the second quarter, and even the (sometimes boring) Nissan Group rose almost two percent. Following them all is Hyundai, with a small rise of 1.2% to nearly 400k vehicles during the first six months of the year.

Speaking of the South Korean automaker, they're ripe with novelties – such as the all-new Kona and Kona Electric, the refreshed 2025 Tucson compact crossover SUV and its Santa Cruz unibody compact pickup truck sibling, the newly boxy all-new Santa Fe, or the Ioniq 5 N all-electric hot hatchback. More novelties are coming soon, as the company is hard at work testing the development prototypes of the second-generation 2026 Hyundai Palisade mid-size three-row flagship crossover SUV.

It's been a poorly kept secret – the rumor mill is ripe with spied prototypes, and the imaginative realm of digital car content creators is presenting countless interpretations of what's hiding under the still-thick camouflage. However, not everyone agrees with the opinion that the next Palisade should be boxier like the Santa Fe yet stylish like a Range Rover.

Instead, other dwellers across the parallel universes of vehicular CGI have different interpretations of what's needed to make the Hyundai Palisade even better. For example, Javier Oquendo, the 3D artist behind the jota_automotive digital car art label on social media, doesn't seem to think that an all-new Palisade iteration should arrive anytime soon.

Or, at least, not until his creation had a chance to shine – the pixel master has recently imagined a 3D design for the Hyundai N division. Aptly called the Hyundai Palisade N, this would be the real flagship of the entire family, sitting above the CUVs in the lineup but also above all N models. It's entirely wishful thinking, of course, as we can bet that Hyundai isn't going to postpone the launch of the second-generation model with prototypes already racking up test miles, but that doesn't make it any less cool.

Dressed in blue with red accents, as it has become customary for Hyundai N models, the Palisade N gets a complete aerodynamic kit with a reworked front bumper and additional air vents, blacked-out front lights, a new grille with a carbon fiber surround, fresh black plastic fender flares, new side skirts, plus a big trunk spoiler and massive extractor at the rear complete with carbon fiber touches and quad exhaust tips. We can also see beefier brakes with red calipers on the front and rear, by the way.

Unfortunately, there's no CGI preview of the N interior, and the CGI expert remains mum on a potential powertrain option. As such, we can speculate freely, and we reckon the regular 291-hp 3.8-liter GDI V6 engine could get a twin-turbo assembly to raise power to around 400 horsepower or more. That way, it could easily duke it out with the newly refreshed Ford Explorer ST and its EcoBoost V6, right?

So, what do you think? Should Hyundai postpone the launch of the 2026 Palisade as an all-new generation to let the hypothetical 2025 Hyundai Palisade N rack up some additional sales and marketing points for the company's N division?


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