The Telluride may be Kia’s new flagship SUV, but the Korean carmaker still makes the old Mohave for China and its home market. Like the Telluride, the Mohave is a massive three-row offering, but unlike the Telluride it’s a proper off-roader, riding on a ladder frame chassis and coming with a low-range gearbox. Now, the company is finally giving this thing a proper makeover, with the unveiling of the Mohave Masterpiece in Seoul.

While it’s billed as a concept, the Masterpiece is a thinly-veiled look at the successor to the 11-year-old SUV. Only, this is probably more of a heavy facelift than an all-new model, as the body itself is largely similar to the outgoing model, most visible through the identical side window shapes and the body-coloured pillars. Still, there’s a lot that’s changed on the outside, starting at the front.

Here, the reinterpreted “tiger nose” grille now stretches the entire width of the vehicle, integrating the four-pod headlights and segmented by a series of vertical lamps (expect these to be toned down for production). The bumper has also been reprofiled for a more modern look and gets a more prominent skid plate.

The same can be found at the rear of the car, integrating the quad exhaust exits. The tail lights, meanwhile, get an in-vogue full-width design and receives vertical graphics that mirror those at the front, while the Mohave script in the centre is illuminated.

Expect the production version to retain the current Mohave’s 3.0 litre turbodiesel V6, producing 260 PS at 3,800 rpm and 560 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,000 rpm. An eight-speed automatic transmission sends drive to the rear wheels, with all-wheel drive available as an option.