Kia isn’t wasting any time, not when it comes to keeping the award-winning Telluride SUV fresh and appealing.
The South Korean carmaker unveiled an updated version of the three-row utility vehicle at the New York International Auto Show featuring what it describes as new “convenience and technology upgrades.” These include a larger infotainment touchscreen, a bigger head-up display, and onboard WiFi.
The 2023 Kia Telluride also will be offered with new X-Line and X-Pro trim packages aimed at bringing in new buyers to the brand who might want to head off-road.
A big hit
There’s no question the Telluride has been a big hit for Kia since it debuted three years ago. Among other things it was named the 2020 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year. The automaker claims more than 75% of the SUV’s buyers are new to Kia, Telluride helping transform the image of a brand once known for building small, inexpensive passenger car models.
Last year, Americans purchased nearly 94,000 Tellurides, with total sales now topping 227,400 since the nameplate was introduced. But in a crowded segment, Kia clearly worries that this is yesterday’s news and wants to keep things fresh.
All versions of the 2023 Kia Telluride receive at least modest exterior updates. These include new, vertically oriented LED headlamps — standard across the line-up. There’s a new grille design and revised bumpers, front and back. The taillights are updated and each trim package now gets unique wheel designs.
Inside, the 2023 Telluride will offer dual 12.3-inch screens for the gauge cluster and infotainment system. The dashboard and steering wheel designs also have been updated.
Along with the larger display and the onboard WiFi hotspot, Kia will expand upon its current package of advanced driver infotainment technologies. Two new systems include a road sign detection system that automatically limits the vehicle’s speed if activated, and navigation-based cruise control that automatically adjusts vehicle speed when approaching curves.
The big news, however, is the addition of the two new Telluride trim packages.
X-Line and X-Pro
The X-Line model replaces the old Nightfall Edition and design updates include a unique grille, bridge-style roof rails and exclusive 20-inch wheels. It also boasts ground clearance raised by nearly a half-inch, and improved approach and departure angles.
The Telluride X-Line also adds a new Tow Mode to help when pulling a trailer. Among other things, this is designed to reduce inadvertent sway.
The X-Pro takes things up a notch, adding unique 18-inch wheels and tires, and a 110-volt outlet in the cargo area. It also boosts the Telluride’s towing capacity from 5,000 to 5,500 pounds.
Pricing and availability
The 2023 Telluride carries over its existing drivetrain, a 3.8-liter V-6 producing 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. An active on-demand all-wheel-drive system is available.
The Telluride is assembled at Kia’s factory in West Point, Georgia. The automaker says it will reach showrooms later this year but isn’t ready to reveal pricing. The current model starts at a base $33,090, including $900 in delivery fees.