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2023 Kia Telluride Revealed As Updated Ford Explorer Rival

The Kia Telluride launched in 2019 for the 2020 model year, and the mid-size crossover – a direct Ford Explorer rival – has been a big hit among consumers thus far, with examples routinely selling for over MSRP. Thus, it’s no surprise that Ford Authority spies recently spotted The Blue Oval benchmarking a 2021 Telluride back in January, even though the 2022 model features a mild refresh. The 2022 Explorer received its own series of updates ahead of a more comprehensive redesign previewed by the recently-revealed Chinese model, though the 2023 Kia Telluride isn’t resting on its laurels, either.

In fact, the 2023 Kia Telluride presents even more updates following last year’s refresh, including the addition of two new off-road-focused trim levels – X-Line and X-Pro. On the outside, those updates include a number of styling changes including new bumpers, a new front grille, a revised vertical headlamp design, standard LED headlights, optional fog lamps, revised lower door garnish trim/side sills, new wheel designs, rear fascia and trim, and three new exterior colors – Midnight Lake Blue, Dawning Red, and Jungle Wood Green.

Inside the cabin, the 2023 Telluride has also been treated to several updates including a redesigned dashboard, trim panels, HVAC vents, and steering wheel, along with curved, seamless 12.3-inch gauge cluster and infotainment screens, which are larger than the outgoing 10.3-inch units. Buyers can also choose from a series of new interior color packages to boot.

In terms of technology, the 2023 Telluride adds Kia’s Full Display Mirror with HomeLink functionality and the Smart Power Liftgate with “Auto Close” functionality to its list of optional equipment, though the crossover’s mechanicals carry over unchanged. The 2023 Kia Telluride goes on sale this fall, though no pricing information has been released as of this writing.

We’ll have more on everything Ford’s competition is up to soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for 24/7 Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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