There's no denying that Kia struck gold with its Telluride SUV. Since its market debut in 2019, the popular SUV continues to be a best-seller for the brand, moving close to 94,000 cars in 2021. Because of this, the company is boosting its production capacity to 120,000 vehicles while also debuting a refreshed version for 2023. The 2023 Telluride brings some big updates that don't make for a total overhaul but brings a necessary evolution of an already capable SUV.
While the overall silhouette has been kept mostly intact, the company has made a few small but significant edits such as an all-new grille design with a new fascia and trim, updated headlamps and foglamps, new wheel options, refined side sills accents, and updated taillamps. Under the hood, the 3.8L V6 still powers the SUV, offering 291 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Most interestingly, Kia now offers a new X-Pro trim at the top of the lineup that adds more rugged upgrades and enhanced off-road capability.
These upgrades include 18" wheels with all-terrain tires, 5,500 lbs of towing capacity, a self-leveling rear suspension, and a higher 8.4" ground clearance that helps improve the vehicle's approach and departure angles for off-road usage. This is also accompanied by a new X-Line trim that adds a more luxury-focused package that includes 20" wheels, blacked-out trim elements, and gloss black roof rails.
As for the interior, the cabin has been updated in a big way with some fine tuning that turns the 7/8 seat setup into a luxurious atmosphere that can hold its own with some of the more high-end luxury options out there. The updated interior now has a curved screen with dual 12.3" displays, heated and ventilated second-row captain's chairs, a standard Wi-Fi hotspot, Harman/Kardon audio, a wireless charging pad, and the brand's first-ever rear-view mirror display.
There are also a number of driver assist and comfort technologies like ADAS systems that allows for a semi-autonomous driving experience when you need it and there's even a lumbar stabilization feature that automatically adjusts the ergonomics of the seat to keep your back supported and comfortable.
The new Telluride is also one of the first models to support Digital Key 2 Touch that can add a digital set of keys to a compatible smartphone or smartwatch, allowing you to use those devices in place of a physical set of keys. This also allows you to share keys with friends and family no matter where you are in the world and you can control the level of access of the shared keys through the dedicated app.
At a starting price of $35,690, the Telluride continues to offer a value proposition that's not easy to find at this price point. Kia brings a mix of practicality, luxury, and value that will only continue the momentum of the appropriately nicknamed "Selluride" and you can bet the big boost in production will only steal more and more customers away from the likes of Lexus, BMW, Mercedes and just about every luxury SUV rival in the space.
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