Ushering in the SUV era with Kia Mohave
The Kia Mohave is apparently for sale in the GCC already. We only find out about local Kia news through third-party sources, since the Kia’s regional reps generally suck at communication. I found out through a billboard on the street. We also believe the truck-based offroadable Mohave is only available in “280 hp” 3.8-litre V6 form. We already reported on the Mohave before. Anyway, I am using this opportunity to announce that from now on, I’ll start replacing the term “4WD” with the term “SUV” in reference to such vehicles.
The term “4WD” or “four-wheel-drive vehicle” is the common term in the GCC for everything from Hyundai Tucsons to GMC Yukons. The term “SUV” or “sport-utility vehicle” was coined in America back in the early 90s to define such vehicles. It’s because over there, everything from the RAV-4 to the Suburban comes in two-wheel-drive as well as four-wheel-drive form.
For years, manufacturers rightly refused to dilute the term “4WD” in this region, and brought in only 4WD versions of their SUVs. But now, two-wheel-drive versions of vehicles such as the Ford Edge, the Kia Sportage, the Nissan Qashqai and even the Chevy Tahoe Hybrid taxis are slowly trickling into this region, and it would be stupid to keep referring to them as 4WDs or 4x4s. So now all these types of 2WD and 4WD vehicles will be referred to as an “SUV” or a “sport-utility vehicle,” as much as it pains me to use such meaningless American terms. However, I will still try to limit the use of the word “crossover.” I hate that word.