The 2023 Kia Telluride debuted at the 2022 New York International Auto Show sporting exterior design updates, a refreshed interior and new trim levels with added capability. Since its debut three years ago, Telluride has become the top-selling SUV of the Kia lineup, with sales for the first quarter of 2022 surpassing both Sportage and Sorento.
Exterior design updates for the new Telluride include a revised front fascia; a revised vertical headlight design with standard LEDs, a new grille, bumper and rear fascia; and revised taillights. In addition, Telluride receives new side sills, revised door trim, new wheel designs and three new exterior colors: Midnight Lake Blue, Dawning Red and Jungle Wood Green.
Inside, the 2023 Kia Telluride features a redesigned dashboard with new trim, revised air vents and a new steering wheel design, as well as available curved dual 12.3-inch display screens with a gauge cluster and navigation. New technology includes a standard-equipment Wi-Fi hotspot and an optional digital key supporting compatible iPhone, Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy smartphones. The new Telluride also offers a larger multicolor head-up display.
The 2023 Telluride also adds two new trim levels: X-Line and X-Pro for more off-road capability with standard all-wheel drive and additional upgrades over other trim levels. The 2023 Telluride X-Line replaces the Telluride Nightfall Edition and includes a unique grille design, bridge-type roof rails, body-color door handles, exclusive 20-inch wheels and X-Line badging. Inside, the X-Line offers exclusive color packages with the X-Line name embossed on the front seats. Telluride X-Line offers higher ground clearance than other trim levels for improved approach and departure angles; it also adds tow mode for improved trailering performance with shift logic, sway control and an upgraded traction control system.
In addition to the features unique to the Telluride X-Line, the X-Pro adds 18-inch black wheels, 18-inch Continental all-terrain tires and X-Pro badging. Inside, X-Pro is embossed on the front seatbacks and a 110-volt inverter outlet is added in the cargo area. Towing capacity increases from 5,000 to 5,500 pounds.
The 2023 Kia Telluride continues to be powered by the Lambda II 3.8-liter direct-injection engine producing 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, mated with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The driver can choose from four drive modes: Smart, Eco, Sport and Comfort, along with different settings for powertrain and steering effort. When equipped with available active on-demand all-wheel drive, Snow and AWD Lock are also added.
New standard driver assistance technology for Telluride includes intelligent speed limit assist and forward collision avoidance – junction turning. The ISLA feature includes maximum speed limit sign recognition that alerts the driver and can also limit the speed of the vehicle depending on the settings. The FCA-JT detects oncoming vehicles when turning at an intersection or junction and if a collision appears likely, the system applies the brakes to stop the vehicle. Telluride continues to offer a long list of standard and available driver-assist technologies.