Facelifted 2016 Absolute Mohave acts as Kia’s pinnacle luxury SUV image

You may have never heard of the Kia Mohave unless you live in South Korea – where it has been produced since 2008 as the automaker’s version of ultimate SUV luxury.

If it’s easier to understand the Kia Mohave then just look at it as the South Korean version of the Toyota Land Cruiser. Now the model is not exclusive to the home market, as it’s also produced locally for the Russian market – but that’s another story. Our interest here is the home market of Korea now has a restyled version of the model labeled as the new Absolute Mohave. Kia says it’s an entirely new vehicle but we’re less optimistic and will treat as a major restyle – but that’s beside the point since true off-roaders are rare these days and we’re very fond of them. The Absolute also appears to adopt the Genesis treatment of the Hyundai brethren, as the Mohave has a bespoke badge and an upscale interior.

The model also uses a new 3.0-liter V6 turbo diesel engine delivering 260 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque (347 Nm), linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The model also boasts better fuel economy, thanks to the intelligent all-wheel drive system, with the local rating reaching 10.7 kilometers to one liter of fuel or 9.3 l/100 km. The design has been altered through the addition of new HID headlight projectors, LED daytime running lights and new LED taillights, while the bumpers and side steps have been modified. Inside anything can be had apparently – from wood veneer to seat ventilation and blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, hills start assist, forward collision warning, ESC and curtain airbags.