Kia Motors unveiled the new mid-sized SUV Borrega at the NAIAS 2008 in Detroit.
Set to go on sale this Summer in North America (Korean sales commenced in early January), Borrego (known as Mohave in some markets) houses Kia’s first-ever V8 engine, making it the most powerful Kia vehicle to date.
Based on styling cues from the Mesa concept vehicle shown in Detroit in 2005, Borrego’s body-on-frame construction and muscular exterior sit on a fully independent front and rear suspension matched with coil-over springs.
Inside, Borrego features an in-dash, six-disc CD changer powered by a 600-watt Infinity audio system to entertain its seven passengers. Complementing the powerful audio system, Borrego comes standard with USB/iPod capabilities and is the first Kia vehicle to be SIRIUS Satellite Radio enabled with three months of complimentary service. The new midsize SUV also offers power-adjustable pedals and Kia’s first DVD navigation system as options, as well as a back-up warning system with a rear camera display.
As Kia’s most powerful vehicle, Borrego is offered with a 3.8-liter V6 as well as Kia’s first 4.6-liter V8 DOHC engine in some markets including North America, the latter producing more than 300-horsepower. Also unique to Borrego and new to Kia is the six-speed automatic transmission mated to the V8 engine. Offered in two- and four-wheel drive, with class-leading towing of 7,500 pounds when partnered to the V8 and 5,000 pounds with the V6, the midsize SUV offers unmatched capabilities for a weekend of camping and off-roading, just as much as a sophisticated night on the town.
Via the KIA site.
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