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.
It's an interesting move since
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.
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.