It seems that the industry keeps changing, and automakers find themselves having to pivot in a highly volatile industry where what's in today just isn't tomorrow. Case in point, Hyundai has recently canceled plans to sell their three-row Santa Fe with the turbodiesel engine after just introducing the new 2-row model. It seems the upcoming 7-passenger Palisade will stand alone as the big crossover in the Hyundai lineup. 

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The Palisade will compete with the Honda Pilot, Dodge Durango, and the Mazda CX-9, just to name a few. 

It's an interesting move since the Santa Fe is so new, introduced this year as a 2019 model. Shortly after, at the 2018 L.A. Auto Show, the Palisade was introduced. The Santa Fe debuted with two engines, a naturally-aspirated, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with 185 horsepower or a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 235 horses. The plan was to bring a three-row model with the turbodiesel mill in 2020, but that's all changed now since customers aren't really interested in diesel power, especially after VW screwed things up for everyone.  

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The new Santa Fe will only have two rows and carry up to five occupants. 

With the wave of electrification coming for numerous brands investing huge amounts of R&D into the technology, diesel engines are on the wane faster than ever. The convergence of two new crossover models that overlapped a bit didn't help matters for Hyundai, either. Likely, those who needed capacity would turn to the Palisade, and whatever investment the brand put into the three-row diesel Santa Fe would be wasted. 

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Can potential Palisade buyers get past the monstrous (and kind of ugly) grille? 

The three-row crossover segment is getting crowded. The Acura MDX/Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-9, Ford Explorer, Volkswagen Atlas, Volkswagen Tiguan, Toyota Highlander, and the Chevy Traverse are just a portion of them, too. Hyundai likely wants to avoid some cannibalization of its own models, and this is probably the right move, though it does seem weird and a bit last-minute. 

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