New Kia Mohave Masterpiece | The near-series concept car follows the current Mohave, built in 2008. The production version is expected to be presented within the next year. Whether she comes to Europe, however, is unclear.
SUVs, SUVs, SUVs: For what Kia is currently performing, the term “offensive” is almost understated. Example Seoul Motor Show: There debuts with the SP Signature, the very near-series study of a compact SUV. And right next to it with the Mohave Masterpiece, the very near-series study of, of course, larger SUVs. But why not? Customers want SUVs, and Kia delivers SUVs.
Kia Mohave Masterpiece Design
When larger, the first thing to notice is the new radiator grille. And that in place of the Kia logo emblazoned its own Mohave emblem. Remnants of the currently very present Tigernasen front are still present, for example, the grill tapers slightly in the middle. But with its twelve bars in ice block optics, the Mohave Masterpiece could also come from Jeep. Overall, these elements seem to merge with the horizontal LED headlamps to form a complete light unit. And they give the generally very upright front end a modern touch. The pentagonally shaped air intakes and fog lamps on the sides of the front bumper are similar to many SUVs. Just like the underrun protection on both ends of the car.
Similarly, the side view of the Kia Mohave Masterpiece. Design tricks such as the rising shoulder line on the rear side window can be seen in some other soft offroaders such as those of Seat or the Dacia Duster. And of course the other Seoul study SP Signature. Well-flared wheel arches in the SUV segment are just as state-of-the-art as the lavish exterior mirrors in chrome cases.
Overall, the Kia designers largely renounced flourishes in the lines. They rather missed the Mohave Masterpiece a running board, which emphasize the robust nature of the study and simply to facilitate the entry into the SUV blessed with rather lush ground clearance.
The rear design picks up on this from the front again and is determined by the characteristic LED light signature with ten longitudinal stripes. Between the lights is the illuminated “Mohave” lettering. Above towers a roof spoiler with integrated third brake light, in the lower area of the rear view, metal shines between the four square tailpipes, which point to a powerful engine. But that is speculative, of course, because about the drive of the Masterpiece Kia loses so far no word. It is only clear that the study has four-wheel drive. Even the interior remains under lock and key; The discs of the Seoul study were completely opaque.
Kia Mohave Masterpiece Release Date
And what does the future of the Mohave Masterpiece look like? What’s clear is that he will replace the first generation of the Mohave SUV, based in Korea on a ladder frame platform, in China and the US under the model name Borrego is or became. Since already first Erlkönige were sighted, the production version – then of course on a new platform including independent suspension – should be presented within a year. That’s about time since the current Mohave has been on the market since 2008. It is unclear whether the novice will get beyond Asia’s borders. Why not as a successor to the Sorento, whose current generation has been on the market since 2014? Maybe as its all-terrain supplement. Or not at all. In one year at the latest, we are smarter.