We can legally say that the Korean manufacturer has shocked the automotive world with the new Telluride. The company’s biggest vehicle looks impressive in every aspect and sales are really impressive, so there is no reason not to continue in the same way. The upcoming 2021 model year won’t bring any particular change but we may see some of them one year later. Although the 2022 Kia Telluride is still far away from us, there are some reports that suggest all kinds of interesting novelties.
If we can rely on these reports, there is a chance to see things like a new range-topping trim level, as well as an off-road version, with all kinds of visual and mechanical upgrades. Still, the most intriguing thing about the future of this SUV is the powertrain. This particularly refers to the 2022 Kia Telluride hybrid, which is expected to appear in the future. That could easily be the 2022 model year.
2022 Kia Telluride May Get Hybrid Powertrain
We are living in the world of electrification! So, it’s no wonder that most carmakers have already started switching to this kind of drivetrain. While some mid-size SUVs already have such versions in the offer, we are still waiting for the Korean manufacturer to do the same. At this point, the Telluride is available with just one gasoline engine, though you can also find diesel on some markets.
Still, a hybrid version seems like a certain thing for the near future. However, it is still early to talk about details. Moreover, we can’t either say if the new version will come with a classic hybrid setup, or we may see a plug-in hybrid setup. In any case, we presume that the new turbo-four gasoline engine will serve as the basis. More details will be known in the future.
2022 Kia Telluride Design
In terms of base design characteristics, we don’t expect to see any significant change in the next several years. Simply, this is a pretty fresh model and, given the fact that pretty much everyone feels impressed with its quality, there is no way we will see changes in the next several years. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t see novelties.
One of them could be the introduction of an off-road-oriented model. As you may presume, this version would come with all kinds of mechanical upgrades, particularly in terms of the chassis and suspension setup. Higher ground clearance, new wheels and tires are also things we expect to see. The aesthetics should be upgraded as well, in order to accentuate the model’s off-road character.
As we already mentioned, there is also a chance to see a new range-topping trim level, with loads of luxury features. Of course, most of these features would be on the inside but we have no doubt that the exterior design would be upgraded with some details as well.
As we’ve just mentioned, there is a big chance that some of the 2022 Kia Telluride changes will also include a new range-topping trim level. Several sources are suggesting such a version. However, none of them has come with a more detailed prediction. So, we may only presume that such a version would come with an even longer list of standard equipment, finer materials and some exclusive design solutions.
Other than that, you may count on a familiar interior layout, which looks really impressive. First of all, the overall quality is at an impressive level. Materials are fantastic, while the dashboard looks really luxurious. The long list of standard equipment makes everything look even more opulent.
Besides impressive build quality for a Kia, this mid-size SUV is also very spacious. Of course, we won’t see any changes in this aspect. So, the 2022 Kia Telluride will remain one of the rare mid-size SUVs that can accommodate adults in all three rows. Furthermore, it is also one of the rare mid-size SUVs that accommodates three passengers in the third row.
You can read more about 2022 Kia Telluride dimensions here.
2022 Kia Telluride Engine
While the hybrid version still waits for the confirmation, the gasoline variant will certainly carry on in the same way. This means you may count on the same 3.8-liter V6 engine, which puts out around 290 horsepower. That’s a pretty sufficient amount of power, so it’s no wonder that driving dynamics are pretty good.
On the other side, the only drawback of this amazing crossover is fuel economy. It is a little bit lower compared to main rivals, such as Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Chevy Traverse etc. In numbers, it goes around 20 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway.
2022 Kia Telluride Release Date and Price
When it comes to the 2022 Kia Telluride release date, we expect it will happen sometime in the second half of the next year. Base models should go around 32.000 dollars.