2022 New York Auto Show Week: Kia Updates the Telluride

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
2022 new york auto show week kia updates the telluride

It seems like just yesterday that Kia unveiled the Telluride three-row SUV. Now it’s apparently due for its first significant refresh.

Kia’s press materials promise changes to both the exterior and interior design, though the attached teaser image suggests the basic exterior shape will remain. Softened, perhaps, but still boxy.

Kia is fairly mum, for the moment, on what else to expect, other than to say that convenience and tech will be upgraded. The biggest news is the addition of an X-Pro trim.

Oh, Kia also says capability will be upgraded, and while the type of capability in question here isn’t clear — is it cargo capability? More power? — we’d guess it’s off-road-related, especially with the announcement of the X-Pro trim.

Kia takes the wraps off the Telluride Wednesday morning, just after 10 Eastern time. Expect the updated Kia Niro to be shown, as well.

The Telluride’s platform sibling, the Hyundai Palisade, is also slated for a similar update. We’ll have a separate post on that today or tomorrow.

[Image: Kia]

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  • 28-Cars-Later 28-Cars-Later on Apr 11, 2022

    The all new KN Notatruck POS edition with $10,000 ADM coming soon to a showroom near you.

  • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Apr 12, 2022

    Bare minimum...please for the love of all things holy, Kia, ****can that logo and use the home market stylized "K" logo. I haven't seen one Kia in any shape, form, and color where this logo looks good. It doesn't match anything, it's jarring, and really, I'm surprised Trent Reznor hasn't sued over trademark infringement. And then when you're done peeling the NIN logos off of your cars, work on your electrical and lighting systems. I'm tired of seeing 6 year old Hyundais and Kias with multiple dead lighting assemblies. Makes your brand look cheap like they don't hold together well. You had an excuse in the 80s and 90s when you guys were the cheap foreign alternative to the Japanese cars and people were willing to put up with crap to get a good deal on one. But if you want to hang with the adults in the room, swap chairs with VW and sweat the details and have your cars hold up a bit better. Now I'm going to outside for a minute and yell at clouds.

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    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Apr 13, 2022

      @Inside Looking Out: Ahhh...but I've studied "Interstellar." I'm actually floating behind some bookshelves and messing with gravity and seconds hands and piles of dust. And the message I'm trying to send is that while some VWs have some quality issues, they still feel like cohesive units with steering, suspension, brakes, and everything else feeling like they are all on the same page. H/K, at least the rentals and loaners I've had, still seem to sell on features for money and to wave shiny objects in front of people in the hopes they will buy (see their overdone front lighting elements as Exhibit A) instead of having all of those above systems seem like they are on the same page. So many reviews have the word "BUT" when it comes to the driving experience.

  • Dusterdude @El scotto , I'm aware of the history, I have been in the "working world" for close to 40 years with many of them being in automotive. We have to look at situation in the "big picture". Did UAW make concessions in past ? - yes. Do they deserve an increase now ? -yes . Is their pay increase reasonable given their current compensation package ? Not at all ! By the way - are the automotive CEO's overpaid - definitely! (That is the case in many industries, and a separate topic). As the auto industry slowly but surely moves to EV's , the "big 3" will need to be producing top quality competitive vehicles or they will not survive.
  • Art_Vandelay “We skipped it because we didn’t think anyone would want to steal these things”-Hyundai
  • El scotto Huge lumbering SUV? Check. Unknown name soon to be made popular by Tiktok ilk? Check. Scads of these showing up in school drop-off lines? Check. The only real over/under is if these will have as much cachet as Land Rovers themselves? A bespoken item had to be new at one time. Bonus "accepted by the right kind of people" points if EBFlex or Tassos disapproves.
  • El scotto No, "brothers and sisters" are the core strength of the union. So you'll take less money and less benefits because "my company really needs helped out"? The UAW already did that with two-tier employees and concessions on their last contract.The Big 3 have never, ever locked out the UAW. The Big 3 have agreed to every collective bargaining agreement since WWII. Neither side will change.
  • El scotto Never mind that that F-1 is a bigger circus than EBFlex and Tassos shopping together for their new BDSM outfits and personal lubricants. Also, the F1 rumor mill churns more than EBFlex's mind choosing a new Sharpie to make his next "Free Candy" sign for his white Ram work van. GM will spend a year or two learning how things work in F1. By the third or fourth year GM will have a competitive "F-1 LS" engine. After they win a race or two Ferrari will protest to highest F-1 authorities. Something not mentioned: Will GM get tens of millions of dollars from F-1? Ferrari gets 30 million a year as a participation trophy.