Kia Launches Three Concepts, “Masterpiece” Previews Production Mohave SUV

Kia has presented a pair of new SUV concepts at the Seoul Motor Show, dubbed the Mohave Masterpiece and the Signature.

Starting with the Mohave Masterpiece, it is easily the largest of the two vehicles currently on display and adopts a very aggressive and menacing stance. Viewed from the front, for example, there are LED headlights neatly incorporated into the front fascia and at the rear, the Masterpiece features a pair of large taillights and quad tailpipes incorporated into the lower portion of the bumper.

Whereas Kia says the Masterpiece Concept simply shows how the company could adapt its current design features into a large off-road SUV, the Mohave name, along with a prototype that was recently caught testing, suggests that it will replace the first-gen large SUV that’s been on sale for more than a decade and, in the U.S., where it was sold under the Borrego moniker, was a sales flop.

The Signature Concept is similar to the Kia SP Concept presented at last year’s India Auto Expo but adopts a modified design. Unlike the Masterpiece, which has a very square design, the Signature incorporates a host of flowing lines and has a futuristic feel to it. The front end has been made particularly interesting thanks to eye-catching headlights and a faux front grille. Kia has already confirmed that the Signature Concept previews a production-ready compact SUV which will be presented to the world later this year.

In addition to the two SUVs, the Korean automaker is also displaying the eye-catching ‘Imagine by Kia’ concept at the Seoul Motor Show. The Imagine by Kia is the car manufacturer’s first all-electric, four-door passenger car concept, but the official line is that won’t make it to the production line. It could, however, hint at future interior and exterior design elements which could be found in upcoming Kia models.

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  • MarketAndChurch

    The front end and rear end look cool on the Mohave. Everything in between those two things look kind of dated though.

    • donald seymour

      Yeah, but the Borego haven’t sold well in the States and it was a complete flop. I like the look of this new iteration and I think it will be well receive even though it still is the 2008 model supped up.

      • bd0007

        That had more to do w/ the economy (tanked) and high fuel prices – a double whammy.

        • donald seymour

          You know what I didn’t see it that way, but you may be on to something. That makes a lot of sense considering the timeline.

          • bd0007

            If it had been just 4-5 years later, the Borrego would have done fine.

          • donald seymour

            You right.

  • The Mohave seems like an extensive refresh rather than an all-new design.

    • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

      because it is

      • donald seymour

        And @[email protected]:disqus I still like it. It is a face lift though.

      • Dennis Scipio

        Now that i’m looking at it, it does.


    SP Signature could be a new Sportage preview

    • Finkployd

      Or a new Skoda K-something

  • Jason Panamera

    SP Signature looks really good.

  • Galaxium

    The Mohave Masterpiece looks excellent. It’s what a rugged, futuristic/modern SUV should look like.

    • Bash

      True that.

    • Matt

      Really? How can it look ‘futuristic’ when it’s just a garish facelift of a 2008 model?

      To me it looks awful.

      • donald seymour

        I will still take it. Stop hating. We all can see that it is the modified 2008 model and I ain’t mad. Good for Kia.

        • Matt

          I’m not specifically ‘hating’ on the fact it’s a facelifted 2008 model, I was just curious as to how the OP could call it ‘futuristic’ when it’s based on an older design. There’s unusually a lot of love for this vehicle here today.

          • Galaxium

            Yes, I know it’s heavy facelift of the current existing model.

            The front and rear fascias look excellent and rugged. I am OK with the side profile in that it helps maintain that boxy, rugged aesthetic.

          • donald seymour

            Oh, understand. My apologies.

      • CarCzarDesigner

        Come on Matt, it’s not that bad. There are far uglier vehicles on the road, that we see everyday.

        • Matt

          Of course there are worse-looking vehicles out there. That doesn’t make this design good… when I first saw the image I thought it was some anonymous Chinese concept car from about 10 years ago. Kia can do much better.

      • DetrinKD

        Hahahahah I thought the exact same thing! The side profile seems identical to the Borego of yore!

      • PhilMcGraw

        This is Kia’s version of the Toyota Land Cruiser – a vehicle which also has not changed much over the span of its lifetime. Some people just want small updates to keep a vehicle relevant. Others want complete redesigns. As long as it sells, I don’t think Kia is too worried about it.

    • bd0007

      Technically, this is the 2nd and more comprehensive facelift for the Mohave.

  • Bash

    I like them all. Even though I dont know why they are still talking about the Mohave, when they have the Telluride now!

  • Smith

    KIA is really going heavy into this new design direction which roughly translated means “Oh my, that’s UGLY”. The telluride is from this same family of “ugly” cars. They have really lost direction.

    • PhilMcGraw

      You keep posting this on every Kia article but I have to say I think you are in the minority.

    • Enter Ranting

      We get it. You don’t like Hyundai. There are countless Kias and Hyundais on the road in Los Angeles, so they’re doing something right.

  • Mike anonymous

    I really wish they would build this… It’s the Kia Cross GT Concept from 2013. It’s a great looking design and could do well as a large luxury Sports SUV (which is in know it’s redundant considering what ‘S‘UV actually means).

    The Company seems to be headed in the direction to take on a lot of the luxury automakers, why not ‘shock the world’ again and introduce this SUV, slot it above the Telluride as a luxury 4-5 seater, and let the design details (and other aspects) trickle their way down to the rest of your crossover line (which in my opinion, apart from the Telluride could use some.. better design. (I think the curves suit Kias’ design language far better than the sharper angles of some vehicles in their current line in addition to the concepts shown above)

    I am not sure how you all feel about it, but I would love to see this concept vehicle be Brought to life.

    • Eddy

      Looks great, but it kinda reminds me of the current gen. Renault Espace.

  • StrangerGP

    Mohave looks cool, I wouldn’t mind if production Kia’s copied some of its design.

    • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

      It almost looks like they reused the Borrego

      • bd0007

        The Mohave IS the Borrego (in other markets went by the Mohave moniker), and this is just the 2nd and more comprehensive facelift of the Mohave/Borrego.

  • Enter Ranting

    A production version of the Image would be a game-changer.

  • Momogg

    Nice suvs finally.

  • Jerry Hightower

    Kia has some of the best designs in the business! Good, clean, pleasing lines.

    • Gaugabuck

      I like the direction they are taking with their designs. Smooth clean and not pushy.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Can we have the Mohave back if it looks like this? Damn, that looks nice.

    Oh. It’s just a facelift. On second thought…

    • Danny Boy

      I must agree, this looks dope as ……! Whereas the second one, not so much.
      Oh, I figured out why. The “Mo” haven’t a KIA badge NO WHERE on the vehicle! !!! The other concept does, and it looks cheap! I’m telling y’all, they must change that badge because it henders their possibility to cross over. Call me shallow, but I don’t want to look down everyday as Im driving and see the ugliest three letters ever created. KIA!!! It’s associated with cheapness. …no bueno!
      Go back and check it out. …

  • vvmdrf

    They are really struggling with brand identity. None of these look like they’re from the same company.

    • bd0007

      Neither Kia nor Hyundai want to make “same look” but in diff. sizes.

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