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Published on April 14th, 2022 | by Subhash Nair


Facelifted Kia Telluride Revealed

The facelifted Kia Telluride takes a less dramatic approach to its 2023 update than the Palisade.

Kia has given the Telluride SUV a facelift for the 2023 model year. This is happening alongside the changes to the Palisade but are a lot less dramatic, at least in terms of exterior design.

Unlike the Hyundai Palisade, which is sold in Malaysia and other parts of the world, the Telluride is made specifically for the US market.

The changes coming in 2023 include:

  • Revised vertical headlamp design (standard LED) and available foglamps
  • New bumpers and grille
  • Revised taillamps
  • New rear fascia and trim
  • Revised lower door garnish trim/side sills
  • New wheel designs for every trim
  • Three new exterior colors
    • Midnight Lake Blue
    • Dawning Red
    • Jungle Wood Green
  • A curved and seamless dual 12.3-inch display screens – gauge cluster (available) and navigation
  • Redesigned dashboard with revised trim panels and HVAC vents
  • Redesigned steering wheel
  • New interior color packages

The Kia Telluride also comes with enhanced ADAS features called Forward Collision Avoidance – Junction Turning (FCA-JT) and Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (ISLA). The first one detects oncoming vehicles while turning left at an intersection and the second one recognises maximum speed signs and alerts driver and also limits the speed of the car depending on the settings.

Kia Telluride rear

While the Hyundai Palisade facelift model comes with just one new trim level, the Telluride will get two – X-Line and X-Pro. Both are all-wheel drive models with exclusive upgrades and enhancements.

The Kia Telluride X-Line features the following upgrades and replaces the Telluride Nightfall Edition.

  • Exterior 
    • Unique radiator grille design
    • Bridge-type roof rails
    • Body-color door handles
    • Exclusive 20-inch wheels
    • “X-Line” badging
  • Interior 
    • “X-Line” embossing on front seat upper backrest
    • Exclusive color packages
  • Chassis and Capability 
    • Higher ground clearance (+10mm)
    • Improved approach and departure angles
    • Tow mode for optimized trailering performance (shift logic, sway control)
    • Upgraded Traction Control System (TCS)

The Kia Telluride X-Pro takes these upgrades and builds upon them with:

  • Exterior 
    • Exclusive 18-inch black wheels and 18-inch all-terrain tires (Continental)
    • “X-Pro” badging
  • Interior 
    • “X-Pro” embossing on front seat upper backrest
    • 110-volt inverter outlet (cargo area)
  • Chassis and Capability 
    • Increased towing limit from 5,000 pounds to 5,500 pounds

Elements like the Atkinson cycle 3.8L V6 GDI engine with 291 horsepower and 355Nm of torque remain unchanged. There’s still an 8-speed automatic in here but now there’s Downhill Brake Control added.

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