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click above image for big gallery of the 2009 Kia Borrego

Kia probably was hoping not to unveil every nook and cranny of its new Borrego SUV (called Mohave in Korea) this way, but the internet is a cruel mistress and it just goes to show that you shouldn't park your new SUV on a red carpet in public if you don't want people taking pictures of it. These snapshots of Kia's new SUV from every angle inside and out have surfaced on Kia-World.net, which you can view in the gallery below. It's a sharp looking vehicle, though still a body-on-frame SUV. As we've mentioned previously, a full-size SUV will be a tough sell for Kia in this CUV-crazed market. The Borrego will be armed with a V6 (a 3.0L unit according to badging on this particular vehicle) and the brand's first V8, however, and promises excellent NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) levels for an SUV. Shots of the undercarriage also reveal what appears to be an air suspension to help cushion the ride, and the interior includes such upscale options as Kia's first nav system. Like most recent products from Kia and its parent company Hyundai, the Borrego looks like a contender in every respect, and will no doubt carry a price tag that's too low for shoppers not to at least consider. The full reveal will happen at the Detroit Auto Show in January, and we'll be on hand to relay all of the official details on Kia's first full-size SUV.

[Source: Kia-World.net via Carscoop]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me, or do the headlights look 'pasted on', like NASCAR.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice looking SUV. Very nice. Though the KIA badge is what kills it. People rather buy a Toyota or Honda, just because its a toyota or honda.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Toyota and Honda didn't start out with that kind of customer clout. They were considered a joke when they first entered our market much like Hyundai. Toyota and Honda got to this point by building competent vehicles with good quality. Hyundai will get there too. And faster I think.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Don't like the two-tone body at all. Very bland looking.
      • 7 Years Ago
      omg, they sooo copied the shift knob from the infiniti ex that hasn't even been released yet, and omg, if you tweak the side panels, raise the curve above the wheels, rotate the door panels 90 degrees, increase the tire size by a quarter of an inch, and harden the curve of the rear view mirror, you sooo see a ford explorer, nissan xterra, honda pilot, gmc acadia, lexus w/e, bmw this, mercedes that.-end sarcasm-

      Sorry, the only way to aknowleged in these blogs is to make a subjective post based on a pre-exisiting prejudice.


      Now for my objective opinion.
      Kudos to Kia for this achievement. Now, when the time comes, lets work on advertisement. :)

      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm not sure why it says that it is Kia's first Navigation system... Kia (and Hyundai) have had navigation systems for a long long time now, atleast in Korea. The thing that worries me is that Kia might strip out alot of the things in the Mohave when it becomes the Borrego.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll have a Borrego with meat, cheese, and beans.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Although some think this looks like GMC or some other SUV.. I see an Explorer all over this truck. Change the rear quarter panel window, flatten the front bumpers slightly, and square the tear drop headlights and BOOM ... EXPLORER IRON MAN EDITION!
      • 7 Years Ago

      Looks better than the CR-V.
        • 7 Years Ago
        That's really not saying much...
      • 7 Years Ago
      The [VGT / V6 3L] badge probably refers to the diesel that is used overseas. If they could offer that here, these things would sell like hot maple-walnut pancakes.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Has to be a diesel as the picture of the instrument cluster has the tachometer redline at 4,500rpm.

        Would also love to see this offered as a diesel in the States.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If I remember correctly this is a full frame suv, and not a crossover, right? Along with a V8, air suspension, nav system...ect. I have to say I'm pretty impressed. Very full featured for a Kia. Is it AWD or true 4x4 with a low range transfer case?
        • 7 Years Ago
        From the pictures, this one has a fulltime 4wd and 4x4 HI and LO modes.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Borrego must be Korean for "zzzzzz."
        • 7 Years Ago
        Actually, it's spanish for "Lamb".

        Yeah, crappy name...
      • 7 Years Ago
      L2TopSecret Nubs.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is Hyundai/Kia just completely unable to keep its cars secret?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Kia and Hyundai cars gets released in Korea before it gets released in the states.
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