The Telluride has been a roaring success for Kia and the company is hoping to keep that momentum going by launching a facelifted crossover.
Introduced earlier this year, the 2023 Telluride will arrive at dealerships later this month with a base price of $35,690. That’s a pretty sizable jump considering last year’s crossover began at $33,390.
So what does the extra $2,300 get you? An updated exterior with a revised grille that is flanked by new headlights. Designers also gave the model a new front bumper, revised side skirts, and updated wheels. They’re joined by new taillights, an updated rear fascia, and a revised color palette that now includes Midnight Lake Blue, Dawning Red Jungle, and Wood Green.
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The changes continue in the cabin as the 2023 Telluride has an updated steering wheel and a new dashboard with slimmer air vents. Eyes will also be drawn to the new 12.3-inch infotainment system, which replaces last year’s 10.25-inch display.
That being said, the real showstopper is the curved display in SX and above trims. It consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a matching 12.3-inch infotainment system.
While that’s just a brief overview of the updates, the big news is the addition of X-Line and X-Pro variants which come standard with all-wheel drive. X-Line models have a unique grille, “bridge-type” roof rails, body-color door handles, exclusive 20-inch wheels, and “X-Line” embossing on the front seats.
However, X-Line variants are more notable for featuring improved approach and departure angles as well as an extra 0.4 inches (10 mm) of ground clearance. Buyers will also find a tow mode and an upgraded traction control system.
X-Pro variants build on the X-Line and swap 20-inch wheels for black 18-inchers that are wrapped in Continental all-terrain tires. Buyers will also find “X-Pro” embossing on the front seats, a 110-volt outlet in the cargo compartment, and an increased towing capacity of 5,550 lbs (2,517 kg).
Regardless of which trim is selected, all Tellurides are equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that develops 291 hp (217 kW / 295 PS) and 262 lb-ft (355 Nm) of torque. It’s connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system.
Note: Prices exclude a $1,335 destination charge