After a year of absence, the Kia Borrego will return to the US market for the 2011 model year. After being launched in 2008, the Borrego turned out to be a big disappointment for Kia, so the company decided not to mark a 2010 Borrego.
However, it seems that Kia had second thoughts and a 2011 model is a possibility. A Kia spokesperson could not comment on vehicle details, but said the model, if produced, is still in the planning stages. We’d expect the SUV to retain similar content levels and powertrain offerings - a 3.8-liter V-6 and a 4.6-liter V-8.
Kia unveiled the all-new Kia Borrego FCEV (Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle) at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.
Available with two and three tank systems with 70MPa pressure, the Borrego FCEV’s power plant is located under the center floor and boasts an additional 47 hp of power to produce a peak output of 154 hp (a 44-percent increase compared to the previous generation) and propel the vehicle to a top speed of 100 mph while boasting a best-in-class system efficiency of 62 percent. With a 202-liter hydrogen storage tank located underneath the vehicle and ahead of the rear wheels, this latest Kia Motors research vehicle has a range of about 426 miles.
With the use of lightweight aluminum body shell components, the Borrego FCEV has a power-to-weight ratio that is similar to the new production model SUV. The FCEV also retains the roomy cabin, low noise levels and overall driving refinement of its new gasoline/diesel-powered sibling.
Kia revealed today at the SEMA Show the Borrego Limited, a concept extends from the 2009 Borrego SUV . This Borrego is trying for a cooler version of the family hauler by painting most surfaces black, using limo-grade tinting to have the windows match the paint, lowering the ride height, and adding 22-inch Avarus Chrome Wheels.
The truth is there’s not much exciting with this Kia, but it is likely a good indication of what a limited edition from the factory may look like.
With large cars languishing on dealer lots, and fuel prices a hot topic, Kia officially launches the Borrego, a large SUV with an available V-8. As reported in TopSpeed back in January , Kia is gambling that its usual combination of low price, high standard features and large warranty, will keep families in the big car market. The seven passenger SUV is expected to start in the mid-$20,000 and be available in LX, EX and Limited trim packages.
Engines for the Borrego include a 3.8-liter V-6 making 276 horsepower, and the 4.6-liter V-8 borrowed from Hyundai ’s Genesis with 337 horsepower. As far as fuel economy, Kia states that in two-wheel drive form, the V6 gets 17/21 city/highway and 15/22 city/highway for the V8. It is not class leading, but it is in line with the competition.
The big question that remains is the Borrego a product of unfortunate timing, or will the low price and average fuel economy be enough to keep buyers in large cars?
Kia unveiled the 2009 Borego SUV at the Detroit Auto Show. This model, that will go on sale this summer, is powered by either a 3.8 liter V6 engine or 4.6 liter V8 DOHC engine that produces more than 300 horsepower. The V8 engine is mated to Kia’s new six-speed automatic transmission.
Also, at the Detroit Auto Show Kia presented a V6 diesel engine, which the company says will be available in the Borrego later in 2010. The engine produces up to 247hp with a torque of 398 lb-ft.
On the heels of record 2007 sales, Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced the world debut of the all-new Borrego midsize SUV at the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, further bolstering its product offerings in the United States. Inspired by Kia’s "less is more" design philosophy, Borrego was intended to convey a pure and functional look. It joins Kia’s ersatile and stylish line of cars and SUVs for those who enjoy active and energetic lifestyles. Set to go on sale this summer as a 2009 model, Borrego houses Kia’s first-ever V8 engine, making it the most powerful Kia vehicle to date.
2009 Kia Borego (or Mohave on the Korean market) is set to be unveiled next year at the Detroit Auto Show. But of course it couldn’t stay a secret until then, and the first images started to surface online.
Kia Motors America (KMA) today announced it will give its new midsize SUV the moniker of “Borrego” when it debuts in January at the Detroit Auto Show. The Kia Borrego will be manufactured in Korea and go on sale in North America in late spring or early summer of 2008 as a 2009 model.