Kia on Wednesday unveiled an updated version of its Telluride at the 2022 New York International Auto Show.
An updated version of the related Hyundai Palisade was also unveiled at the show, and we'll see both of the new three-row mid-size SUVs arrive at dealerships later this year as 2023 models.
The Telluride's exterior styling hasn't changed much with this update, which isn't exactly a bad thing given the vehicle's already handsome look. The internals of the headlights are new and the front grille has taken on a bolder look thanks to a thicker surround. A blocky design for the lower front fascia also helps give a tougher appearance.
The changes inside are more significant. Key among them is a new panel integrating both the main instrument cluster and the infotainment system. These screens measure up to 12.3 inches each. The color head-up display is larger, and there are also new designs for the dashboard and steering wheel. The updated Telluride also comes with a standard WiFi hotspot and an available digital key.
Kia has also announced new X-Line and X-Pro grades that add some extra off-road capability to the Telluride. The X-Line is more of a styling pack, though it adds handy features like roof rails, 10 millimeters of extra ground clearance, and a Tow mode that includes sway control and also adjusts the transmission's shift program. It also adds 20-inch wheels.
2023 Kia Telluride
The X-Pro is a bit more serious, bringing the same features of the X-Line, though swapping in 18-inch wheels with Continental all-terrain tires, plus 5,500 pounds of towing capacity instead of the 5,000 pounds of other grades. Tellurides are also available with self-leveling rear suspension.
There's been no change in the powertrain department. The Telluride is offered exclusively with a 3.8-liter V-6 rated at 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic and can be paired with either standard front-wheel drive or available all-wheel drive. AWD-equipped models come with the extra drive modes Snow and AWD Lock.
The Telluride is one of Kia's best selling vehicles in the U.S., with sales here in 2021 reaching 93,705 units. Production is handled at Kia's plant in West Point, Georgia.
Pricing hasn't been announced for the 2023 Telluride but the 2022 model starts at $34,015, including a $1,225 destination charge. A small price increase is possible for the updated version.