Kia Unveils 2020 Mohave In Korea, Launch Set For Next Month

Kia has pulled the cover off the new generation Mohave in its homeland. Previewed by the Mohave Masterpiece Concept at the 2019 Seoul Motor Show, it will launch locally in September.

Compared to the study presented earlier this year, the Mohave Master has a slightly toned down exterior design. Changes revolve around the grille, front bumper and fog lamps, as well as the side mirror caps, side steps, taillights and tailgate.

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You might have noticed that there are no visible Kia badges on the outside; then again, its predecessor didn’t have Kia logos either, so it’s no surprise, really.

No images of the interior or technical details have been released at the time of writing. However, it does have all-wheel drive, as pointed out by the tailgate badge, as well as a 3.0-liter V6. The latter is expected to be a diesel, producing 260 PS (256 hp / 191 kW) and 560 Nm (413 lb-ft) of torque, probably matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

In North America, the previous-gen Mohave used to be marketed as the Borrego. It was discontinued in 2009, due to poor sales, and was replaced by the Sorento. In the meantime, Kia launched the Telluride, a 3-row mid-size SUV with up to 8 seats, so we’ll just have to be wait and see whether the all-new Mohave will be making its way Stateside.


  • Matt

    Why are you calling this ‘all-new’ when it’s clearly just a heavy facelift…

    • why are they calling some men All-right, when it’s clearly N az i’s!

    • NoMan2015

      Exactly…this wouldn’t be a “second-generation” Borrego if it was brought to the U.S. It’s still the same vehicle that was originally sold here, just with a new face and rear.

  • ME

    Interesting design with its very own emblem. Just wondering how the interior plays out. I do like KIA but the styling award should really go to Hyundai this year. All other years I voted for KIA.

    • 59soni

      The Koreans have always done that for the KDM. The export models don’t get the special badges, so don’t expect this one to.

      • bd0007

        Not just the Koreans, but the Japanese as well for higher-end and lux models (Nissan President, Toyota Century and Crown).

  • iggination

    Looks just like a facelifted Borrego.

  • SavetheCamaro

    Correct. We don’t need another Borrego.

    • ME

      Hyundai sells both Santa Fe (Mohave’s cousin) and brand new Palisades, might be the reason KIA dealers would want one.

      • Robert Eller

        The Sante Fe and the Mohave are not related at all.

      • The Santa Fe is a FWD-based crossover most closely related to the Sorento 🙂

      • bd0007

        The Santa Fe’s cousin is the Sorento.

        Both Hyundai and Kia are developing new BoF SUVs (and pick-ups), but they may not be slated for the US market due to the chicken tax.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Gotta love the quad exhaust for a 250 horse V6 🙂

  • sidewaysspin

    This is why the world is warming, everywhere people driving bigger and bigger vehicles.

  • bd0007

    Not going to happen – the platform/powertrain is outdated.

    • Rocket

      As outdated as the resurgent 4Runner?

      • bd0007

        That’s Toyota’s shtick.

        Plus, Hyundai and Kia are working on a family of new BoF SUVs and pick-ups, and Kia may do a lux CUV based on the GV80’s underpinnings.

  • SteersUright

    Please leave that overseas.

  • Darnell Robeson

    Kia wants this to be their Toyota Land Cruiser. Its old school body on frame. They change it very little over the years only subtle updates. Its cool in a trucky kind of way. Overtime it develops followers and a loyal fanbase and its reliability becomes a given

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