Kia’s largest model in North America, the Telluride midsize SUV, will receive a mid-cycle facelift for the 2023MY model. Making its world premiere alongside the refreshed Hyundai Palisade at the New York International Auto Show, the eight-passenger SUV gets a modestly revised design, additional tech features and two sturdy new trim levels called the X-Line and X-Pro.
What it presents from the outside
Starting from the outside, the Telluride retains much of its design, but has new vertical headlights with standard LED bulbs and available fog lights, updated taillights, revised fenders, a new grille, reworked rear fascia, revised lower door trim and side sills, plus new wheel designs. It also gets additional colors for 2023, namely Midnight Lake Blue, Dawning Red, and Jungle Wood Green.
Describing the cabin
Inside, the model features Kia’s latest dual 12.3-inch displays for the indicator cluster (which is optional) and infotainment system. With that, the dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate the massive display, as has the steering wheel. The model will also get new interior color packs.
Shoppers will also be able to opt for a full-screen digital mirror that can be connected to HomeLink. Also present is a new electric tailgate with an “auto-close” function. Owners will also be able to turn their smartphone or smartwatch into a digital key to lock and unlock the vehicle via Kia Connect. An in-vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot is also available that can connect up to five devices to the 4G LTE-based internet.
Kia Connect also features navigation benefits. Both the infotainment system and the maps can be updated by air. The map will also benefit from “connected routing,” which, according to Kia, uses predicted, real-time road information to calculate optimal directions to its location.
Security keeps up to date
To keep you safe, the revamped Telluride adds speed limit sign recognition and “Forward Collision Avoidance, Turn at Junctions” as standard, as well as navigation-based intelligent cruise control and a host of other additional collision avoidance technologies that aim to prevent accidents when drivers are turning left, passing through intersections, changing lanes and more.
No changes to your power units
Meanwhile, the powertrains will move to the 2023 model year. The Telluride is powered by a 3.8-liter GDI V6 engine that produces 291 horsepower that comes with about 355 Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission is the only option, while all-wheel drive is optionally available unless you get one of the two new models, in which case it comes standard.
Updated to new trends
The new X-Line and X-Pro models look to add some off-road flavor to the Telluride line. Starting with the former, it has its own grille design, bridge-like roof rails, body-colored door handles, “X-Line” badges, and exclusive 20-inch wheels. Meanwhile, inside, it has the “X-Line” print on the front seats and exclusive color packages.
However, it’s not all aesthetic changes. The trim, which replaces nightfall Edition, comes with 10 mm (0.4 inches) of additional ground clearance, improved approach and departure angles, a tow mode for an optimized trailer, an improved traction control system, and downhill brake control.
More visual aggregates
The Telluride X-Pro, on the other hand, gets many of the same modifications plus some even more aggressive off-road features. That means exclusive 18-inch black wheels that come wrapped in Continental’s 18-inch all-terrain tires. It also has the “X-Pro” badge and engraving on the front seats, as well as a 110-volt inverter outlet and 5,500 lbs of towing capacity, instead of 5,000 lbs.
The price of the updated model has not yet been announced. As before, the 2023 Kia Telluride will be built at the brand’s manufacturing facility in Georgia alongside the K5, Sportage and Sorento.