a new face and some technological improvements

a new face and some technological improvements


Like the Hyundai Palisade, which got a nice update for 2023, its mechanical twin, Kia Telluride, also relies on some notable new features. On the menu: a refreshed design, even more technology and X-Line and X-Pro versions that focus more than ever on adventure and adventure.

It is within the framework of New York Exhibition Kia introduced the Telluride upgrade. The changes are immediately visible at the front where new headlamp units replace the old ones. These drop the yellow outline and focus spotlights with two vertical LED bars.

A redesigned bumper gives this model more rigidity, while the rear end is slimmer thanks to slightly redesigned LED lights and a new bumper.

More modern interior

Most noticeable is the updated cabin which now has a digital display to match the now 12.3-inch infotainment screen.

Kia also takes the opportunity to review the head-up display. This is bigger and shows more information. Despite these additions, Kia retains physical buttons to operate the climate and audio system.

In addition, the Telluride inherits the new X-Line and X-Pro versions. In the case of the Telluride X-Line, there is a raised ground clearance of 0.4 inches, a new towing mode, strengthened roof rails, as well as a grille and rims only for example. The X-Pro trim adds a 110-volt plug to the trunk and 18-inch wheels. This version also benefits from improved towing capacity, from 2,267 kg (5,000 lbs) for the standard Telluride to 2,495 kg (5,500 lbs).

Nothing changes under the hood, however. The 2023 Telluride is still powered by a 3.8-liter V6 with 291 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. This engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

Finally, Kia has equipped its Telluride with the latest driver assistance technology. As usual, all Tellurides will receive HDA technology. Customers will however be able to choose an upgraded version of this system called HDA 2 as an option. The system automatically adjusts the travel speed when the speed limit changes, while the emergency braking system monitors oncoming traffic when turning left at an intersection.

The system can apply the brakes when it detects traffic and even steer the car into its lane when it detects an oncoming vehicle as it passes. Finally, Telluride will be compatible with digital buttons that can be installed on iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Android and Apple Watch.

As of this writing, Kia Canada has yet to announce pricing for its new Telluride. This information will be published a few weeks before its sale this season.

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