posted 9 years ago

New Kia Diesel And More

The chances of Kia's new seven-seat Borrego SUV making it to Europe seem higher than they did when the company first announced it

The chances of Kia's new seven-seat Borrego SUV making it to Europe seem higher than they did when the company first announced it.

Kia has so far announced a choice of just two petrol engines - a developed version of Hyundai/Kia's existing 2.7-litre V6, and a brand new 314bhp 4.6-litre V8.

Neither is likely to attract much interest on this side of the Atlantic, where what the Borrego really needs is a big diesel. And it just so happens that Hyundai/Kia has a big diesel ready to go. It's a 237bhp three-litre V6, and from what we hear in Korea it might well be fitted to the Borrego at some stage - which could make it a good prospect in the UK, as long as people were prepared to pay for a large SUV with a Kia badge on it.

A diesel Borrego would be fitted with a conventional gearbox, but the V8 petrol engine will be matched to something very surprising - an eight-speed automatic, only the second one of its kind in production after the one Lexus introduced to the LS460.

Hyundai/Kia is also maintaining its strong links with Mitsubishi. The engine for the forthcoming Lancer Evo X was designed - and is being built - in Korea.