Kias You Can’t Buy in the U.S.: The Kia Mohave Borrego

By Product Expert | Posted in Kias You Can't Buy on Friday, September 28th, 2018 at 7:28 am
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Kia Mohave Borrego 2018 U.S. Availability and Release Date

We’ve talked before about how living in a global market allows you to buy some of the most unique and interesting products in the world and have them on your doorstep in a week or less. Although cars are not one of these items, the globalized market has made it a lot easier for manufacturers to move production of vehicles and even move the models themselves to countries in which they enjoy greater success.

For Kia, this means an entire range of vehicles that are custom-built for every market in which they operate. Our entire Kias You Can’t Buy in the U.S. featurette is dedicated to showing off the unique and tailored approach Kia has for these markets.

The vehicle we’re going to talk about today is one you’ve seen in a Throwback Thursday post, however. It’s Kia’s only body-on-frame, rear-wheel-drive SUV and a vehicle that we, in the United States, decided we were too good for. How wrong we were. Today, we’re going to look at how the Kia Borrego (known as the Kia Mohave Borrego) has continued in other markets and we’ll get to see what we’re missing out on.

[READ MORE: Throwback Thursday: The Kia Borrego]

As we get ready for more information from Kia on another full-size SUV, the upcoming Kia Telluride, it seems a better time than ever to show off Kia’s pedigree for designing and engineering incredible, full-size sport utility vehicles.

All About the Kia Mohave Borrego

Available in Southeast Asia, Africa and the Caribbean market, the Kia Mohave Borrego (we’ll just call it the Kia Mohave) allows drivers to enjoy full, body-on-frame transportation for up to seven passengers. Featuring a robust 3.8L V6 gasoline engine or stunning 3.0L diesel V6 (that gets up to 405 lb-ft. of torque), the Mohave is built for drivers who want amazing off-road capability and the power of a truck.

It can be equipped with either a 9-speed (gasoline) or 8-speed (diesel) automatic transmission to make the best use of this power and torque.

Standard and available technology includes Kia active safety features like Around View Monitor, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and a full-screen audio-visual navigation system (AVN) in the dashboard.

2018 kia mohave borrego from aruba three quarter view of front

interior of 2018 kia mohave borrego from aruba

2018 kia mohave borrego off-roading

2018 kia mohave borrego driving on mountain road

avn system in 2018 kia mohave borrego

folding seats for second row in 2018 kia mohave borrego

As you can see, the 2018 Kia Mohave Borrego is a brilliant and striking model that would no doubt stand out on the streets of America. While Kia has chosen to go a different route and focus on FWD-biased crossovers in place of SUVs due to their improved efficiency and better handling, we could see ourselves enjoy our time behind the wheel of the Mohave.

Will the Kia Mohave Borrego Ever Come to the United States?

A lot like the Kia Carens/Rondo, another vehicle Kia moved out of the U.S. market due to its poor sales, we have a hard time expecting the Mohave to ever come back. On second thought, we’d give the Carens/Rondo a better chance of making the journey back home, as Kia doesn’t really have a replacement for it in this market.

With the 2020 Kia Telluride being right around the corner, we expect Kia to focus its efforts here on showing the practical value of a luxurious, eight-passenger crossover over the more rugged Mohave Borrego.


As always, we’d love to be wrong, and would be some of the first people in line to test-drive the Mohave should it ever find its way back to our Friendly shores (no typo).

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