Kia on Wednesday unveiled updates to its Nero hybrid and new lineup of EV crossovers, as well as its extremely popular Telluride SUV.
Both nameplates are important to automakers in different ways. There has been an amazing sales success for the Telluride company, when new Nero models arrive as consumers are overwhelmed by high gas prices and a growing interest in electric vehicles.
The Nero lineup includes all-electric, plug-in hybrid and traditional hybrid variants, all redesigned for the second generation of vehicles. It features an updated design as well as additional security and convenience features, including a 10.25-inch control and driver information screen.
Kia America’s COO Steven Center said in a statement: “Kia’s electric vehicle continues to be driven by the lowest second-generation Nero launches, providing more refinement, versatility, connectivity and technology than ever before.” “The 2023 Nero was designed for today’s needs and the dynamics of a sustainable future.”
The Nero Hybrid is expected to achieve a combined driving range of 53 mpg and approximately 588 miles. However, the Nero EV’s 253-mile target is lower than other competitors with electric range, while other automakers are offering vehicles with a range of more than 300 miles.
The redesigned models could provide a boost to sales of Nero, which was down from 26,200 units in 2021. That compares to 93,705 units of telluride last year
The Telluride SUV has been a remarkable achievement for Kia since it began production of medium-sized SUVs at a plant in Georgia in early 2019.
2023 Telluride enhances those offers, including additional security and convenience features, a redesigned interior and an updated exterior. Kia has announced two new off-road-inspired models for the 2023 model year.
The updated Telluride is expected to sell out by the end of the third quarter. The newly designed Nero models will go on sale this summer
Kia says it will announce the price of the car at the time of sale. Both were unveiled at the New York International Auto Show on Wednesday.
2023 Kia Telluride SUV