It seems incredible, but the popular Kia Telluride SUV, originally introduced in 2019 as a 2020 model, has now got its first update. Not a few fans of the Kia station wagon have no reason to worry as only a truly trained observer will be able to distinguish the new 2022 Kia Telluride from its predecessor.
The most noticeable change is the adoption of the new Kia logo, so there will be no more ovals decorating the large Kia SUV. The new emblem appears prominently in the center of the grille, above the word TELLURIDE spelled out on the tailgate, in the center of the steering wheel, and in the center of the wheels.
The exterior changes for the 2022 Telluride culminate in the grille, which acquires the same black finish that has been permeating through all the models of the Korean manufacturer.
Inside the Telluride’s cabin, the changes are more extensive and noticeable, seeking to bring more and better technology to buyers of the more modest versions of the model. This is an interesting strategy for Kia, since despite having increased its sales by 68% compared to the previous year, and that its best equipped SX and EX models are the best sellers, the manufacturer seems to be looking to move the great popularity of the model towards the lower end of its price range.
The initial LX and S trim levels now feature the same 10.3-inch touchscreen as the top-of-the-line SX as standard equipment, meaning there will be no more tiny 8-inch displays on the Telluride’s dash. But not everything is screens. For 2022 the LX and S trims also have automatic climate control and Kia’s Highway Assist as standard, which were previously exclusive technologies to the SX and EX levels. All Tellurides now come with an adaptive cruise control system based on the curve assist navigation system.
Despite the generous endowment in technology, the hit on the checkbook could have been worse. The 2022 Kia Telluride LX starts at $ 34,015 which represents an increase of $ 600 over the 2021 model. The S version sees its starting price increased by $ 700 to $ 36,515. The increase for the EX and SX trims is just $ 200 to $ 39,015 for the EX and $ 43,915 for the SX. The top-of-the-line SX Prestige version with standard all-wheel drive now costs $ 48,115, $ 100 cheaper than the 2022 model. For the rest of the line, all-wheel drive is a $ 2,000 option.
The 2022 Kia Telluride is manufactured at Kia’s West Point Assembly Plant in Georgia, and is now available at Kia dealerships in the United States.