Published: Sat, March 30, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Kia Mohave Masterpiece concept previews a future off-roading SUV

Kia Mohave Masterpiece concept previews a future off-roading SUV

"The concept's design will also influence future models destined for Kia's global markets".

Kia Motors Corporation has taken the wraps of a brawny SUV concept called the Mohave Masterpiece.

Better late than never, Kia is racing to catch up to key competitors by adding a flood of new sport-utility vehicles to its line-up, and its giving a hint of what's coming with two SUVs concepts making their debut at this week's Seoul Motor Show.

At the front is an nearly confusing array of box-like details, including for the intricate LED headlights and sophisticated grille. The Masterpiece is accompanied by the Kia Signature which is essentially the SP concept that the company showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo and finally the Imagine by Kia concept vehicle which is an all-electric sports sedan which embodies Kia's desire to create exciting low-emissions passenger cars.

The Mohave Masterpiece is intended for more rugged use cases. The Mohave SUV from Kia is sold in the overseas markets, however, the model saw a brief stint in the United States under the "Borrego" moniker from 2008 to 2010.

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"It's longer and bigger (than the Hyundai Kona)", Kia Motors Australia chief operating officer Damien Meredith said last month. And tucking it under that nameplate could suggest we might eventually see a version of it in Canada.

All kidding aside, the Kia Masterpiece Concept, with Mojave badges and not Kia logos, is a handsome truck. But if it does hit the production line, it is unlikely to make its way here as the SUV is likely to be a left-hand drive only model like the Telluride. However, the concept is more about pitching a new design.

Kia doesn't say when it will launch the next-generation Mohave, but with the aforementioned prototype carrying the full production body, an official debut is probably not that far away.

While it retains the bold "Tiger Nose" grille and sharp-looking LED lights, the Kia SP Signature gets a contrast roof, studded mesh finish for the air dam, slim LED fog lamps, pull-type door handles (as opposed to the flush-fitting examples seen on the original concept), a different treatment for the D-pillar, prominent roof rails, a chunkier chrome bar connecting the mildly reshaped tail-lights and a tweaked design for the faux exhaust garnish and rear diffuser.

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