Kia Borrego (2007): first official pictures

Published: 19 December 2007

Kia will show its new, mid-size (by American standards) SUV at Detroit in January 2008. Called the Borrego, after a Californian bighorn sheep, the styling is derived from a previous Detroit concept, the 2005 Mesa.

The SUV will be available with either a V6, or Kia’s first V8. It'll seat seven, and the construction isn't a monocoque, but a body-on-frame set-up. Much of the architecture is shared with sister company Hyundai's Veracruz, and the V8 will also feature in the Hyundai Genesis saloon, which also takes a bow at Detroit in January 2008.

The Borrego goes on sale in Korea (where it will be built) at the start of 2008, before reaching the States in summer 2008. There are no plans to bring the car to Europe.

By Ben Pulman

CAR's editor-at-large, co-ordinator, tallboy