The second-generation Kia Mohave SUV makes its debut in South Korea, following the unveiling of the Mohave Masterpiece SUV concept in Seoul in March. The Mohave is a large SUV that has been given an update on the previous iteration that is 11 years old, and while comparisons may be made with the firm’s eight-seater Telluride, the Mohave is built on a ladder-frame chassis and its gearbox features low-range ratios.

Overall, the heavily revamped Mohave appears very similar to the Masterpiece concept. Key differences include the toned-down application of chrome on its exterior, where trim pieces along the front bumper, side sills, tail gate and rear bumper have swapped their chrome for a matte silver finish, while the window surrounds are now black and the side mirror covers and door handles are finished in the exterior colour.

The Mohave’s silhouette appears unchanged from that of the Masterpiece show vehicle, and the shape of the window lines have been carried over as well. At the front, the Mohave’s headlamps appear to use individual elements that are slightly different in shape to those on the concept, as are the foglamps which are now dual horizontal elements instead of a single, vertically oriented unit on each side on the concept.

Powertrain according to the badging on the rear is suggested to be a 3.0 litre V6, in this case likely to be the Mohave’s existing turbodiesel unit producing 260 PS at 3,800 rpm and 560 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm to 3,000 rpm. Its driveline is expected to feature an eight-speed automatic driving the rear wheels, with all-wheel drive optionally available.

More is yet to come about the 2020 Mohave in detail, though it can be expected to build upon the kit list of the pre-facelift 2016 model which was outfitted with lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, a bird’s eye view four-camera system and electronic stability control. Versions sold briefly in the US included the choice of 3.8 litre V6 and 4.6 litre V8 petrol engines. Which do you like better – this, or the Telluride?

GALLERY: 2016 Kia Absolute Mohave