2021 Hyundai Palisade’s Calligraphy Trim: Prices, Performance, Interior and Exterior Feature Upgrade

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A. Suresh

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January 25, 2021 at 08:03 PM

The sumptuous Calligraphy trim model will be unveiled later this year with the regular Palisade in the US, with a jacked-up yet respectable $47,750 price-tag. Hyundai has focused more on the interior and exterior upgrades this time around with this Calligraphy trim. Apart from this, the 2021 Palisade will be carried forward from the year 2020 with no major changes, including housing the same 3.8L V6 engine.

2021 Hyundai Palisade Highlights:

Luxury is a world wherein people like us might not be able to afford or give time to either. A luxury bargain is how the new Calligraphy trim of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is known among the automotive circuits. Now only in its second year, and the Hyundai Palisade is evidently garnering in waves of support from fans all over the world, for its luxurious yet affordable package. The 2021 Palisade Calligraphy trim starts at an MSRP of $47,750 which excludes a $1,140 destination fee, and which is backed by the same potent 3.8L V6 engine.

Know more about the 2021 Hyundai Palisade

Hyundai is one of those brands that won't stop launching their premium offerings one after the other, with the latest offering being even more posher than the previous one. Nevertheless, apart from this trim, the 2020 Palisade as such is carried forward majorly into the year 2021. With a seemingly affordable price-tag, now all it has to do is straight-up compete with the likes of Kia Telluride and the Genesis GV 80, which might not be as easy as it seems.

What is the price of the Calligraphy trim and what are the various features on offer?

The feature list of the Calligraphy trim level takes off where the Feature list of the Limited trim ends, and might we add, it is definitely a praise-worthy trim. It relatively gets a plethora of modern feature upgrades. The price for the Calligraphy trim starts from around $47,750, which excludes the destination fees. Apart from the Calligraphy trim, the 2021 Palisade comes with an extra 3 trims, namely the SE, SEL, and the Limited, which have been strategically placed considering the number of features it packs.


2021 Hyundai Palisade



Price $47,750


Downhill Brake Control




Spider-meshed 20-inch alloy wheels


Premium rear-accent taillight structure


Puddle lamps


Ultra-wide LED center spotlight


Microfiber-suede headliner


Quilted-leather door panels


Cargo sill protection plate


Perforated-leather steering wheel

As cool as the feature list of the Calligraphy trim sounds, it doesn't end there, as Hyundai offers plenty more feature upgrades in the form of packages. Each trim serves its purpose, but there is no getting around the fact that the "Calligraphy trim" is the best of all.

Does the Calligraphy Edition bring about any changes to the Engine and Performance front?

Resonating with the other trims from the Palisade, power for the Calligraphy trim still comes from the similar 3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6 setting up the 2021 Palisade for a good 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The transmission duties are still taken care of by the 8-Speed Automatic. The only change comes in the drivetrain department, as the 2021 Palisade Calligraphy trim comes exclusively standard with an AWD setup, unlike the other trims which can be optioned with an FWD setup too.

Hyundai is on a success roll now, with it building up expectations and at the same time achieving those too successfully day in and day out. Handling-wise too, as the Calligraphy trim does not bring about major mechanical changes to the 2021 Palisade apart from the AWD setup, it packs the same agile suspension setup for a much more versatile handling dynamics. Nevertheless, all-in-all the new trim brings about major changes just to the aesthetic part of the vehicle and focuses less on the powertrain part of it.


2021 Hyundai Palisade (Calligraphy Trim)




3.8L Naturally Aspirated V6




8-Speed Automatic transmission


291 hp @ 6,000 RPM


262 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM

For the price point, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade offers a much better deal when it comes to outright performance figures, that too from a V6. While the rest of the segment favorites still use the FWD system, the 2021 Palisade, or more accurately the Calligraphy trim is the only one in the segment which comes with a standard AWD setup.

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What are the interior updates set to be brought in with the Calligraphy Trim?

The interior is where the Calligraphy trim has brought about some major changes for the 2021 Palisade. The 2021 Palisade might very well pack the most sumptuous interior setup of all, with luxurious touches all around. It comes with a seven-seat layout, with captain’s chairs in the second row, exclusive to the Calligraphy trim only, while the other trims have bench chairs instead. Hyundai manages to spoil their buyers with each and every feature trait one could associate with a family SUV such as the Palisade. The outright space for rear passengers that the Calligraphy provides is seriously impressive. 

Further feature upgrades such as a perforated leather steering wheel, faux-suede headliner take the style quotient of this SUV up a notch. Furthermore, infotainment-wise the Palisade is covered too in that respect, with a huge 10.3-inch touchscreen system also exclusive to that particular trim level, which commands each and every entertainment function you can think off for that long weekend drive you are so craving for.


2021 Hyundai Palisade (Calligraphy Trim)

Passenger Capacity


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Third Row (Head/ Shoulder/ Leg) (in.)


Trunk Capacity (cu.ft) 18.0

Practicality-wise, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade is no less than the rest of the bigger SUVs in this segment. Whereas, Calligraphy trim in the Palisade is the only one which houses captain chair seats unlike the others, which house bench seats.

What changes to the exterior front should you expect from the 2021 Hyundai Palisade?

The exterior silhouette of the 2021 Palisade also goes through a minor shift when equipped with the Calligraphy trim. Starting off from the front, the Calligraphy model has a different triangular mesh designed grille than the rest of the trim lineup. The front and the rear fascia also get subtle tweaks. Puddle lamps are now standard in the Calligraphy model. The rear gets a major redesigned lighting structure from now on. If the fancy new wheels got your attention, it’s because Hyundai specially designed these 20-inch angular spider-mesh wheels for the Calligraphy trim. 

Apart from this particular trim, Hyundai for its golden-goose does not bring about any major alteration to the exterior design structure in any way. Nevertheless, it remains a handsome hunk with Hyundai's bolder and rugged approach to the exterior. The boxy shape with athletic hood lines gives it a more breathtaking look as and when compared to its rivals.


2021 Hyundai Palisade (Calligraphy Trim)

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The 2021 Hyundai Palisade packs the same proportions all throughout the trim lineup including the luxurious Calligraphy trim. The outright overtly exceeding and segment-leading 114.2 inches of wheelbase is enough to tell you that, it translates to a much better interior space.

When is the 2021 Hyundai Palisade expected to release and is it worth the time and money?

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade has already reached dealerships across the US. Sales for the same might begin soon enough. Overall, Hyundai wanted to bring about a trim that is not only sophisticated and elegant in every which way possible but is also seamlessly affordable. In that respect, the Calligraphy trim of the 2021 Hyundai Palisade has definitely aced the test, with exclusive firsts in terms of features being the highlight here.

Nevertheless, despite the Calligraphy trim having the same engine and transmission combination, it still brings in the AWD setup as standard. Hyundai for its flagship SUV has done a fine job by backing it with the "Calligraphy trim", which is well worth our precious time and money.

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2021 Hyundai Palisade FAQs

What is the Calligraphy trim about?

The Calligraphy trim for the 2021 Palisade sits above the Limited trim as a more opulent proposition. Obvious changes include feature upgrades in the interior such as exclusive captain's chairs and better interior amenities. The exterior also gets a slight facelift.

What are the list of changes that the Calligraphy trim brings to the table?

They range from the exterior half of the Palisade to the interior silhouette of the same. Exterior-wise, they get spider-meshed designed 20-inch angular wheels and a redesigned lighting structure. Interior-wise, it gets a faux-suede headliner and an exclusive 12.5-inch digital instrument cluster among others.

Will the Kia Telluride get a similar treatment as the Hyundai Palisade?

Yes, the Telluride also gets a special edition package similar to that of the Hyundai Palisade. Whereas the telluride gets a Nightfall edition, which blacks out the entire exterior structure of the car. Similarly, Hyundai also brings in the Calligraphy edition forward which is a more luxurious trim package of the otherwise XSE trim.

Does the Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy have a 360 camera?

The surround-view camera is an optional feature item in the base Palisade, but for the Calligraphy model, this feature comes as standard.

Is the Calligraphy any bigger in dimensions than the regular Palisade?

Dimensionally all the trims of the Hyundai Palisade remain the same in terms of dimensions. Calligraphy is a higher level trim than a completely separate model in the Palisade lineup.

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