It was a busy weekend and a busy Monday for a handful of automakers, as several online debuts were made between Friday and Monday. Kia’s got a new people-carrier, Dodge has some extra perks for Durango buyers, and Land Rover decided its Range Rover Sport wasn’t sporty enough.
Therefore, these companies (and more) have remedied the situation, and all’s right with the world. Read on to see what new vehicle debuts we’ve been graced with just one day into the new week.
On Sunday, Kia Motors released a trio of images showing the new 2016 Kia Sorento, the popular three-row crossover that is also the largest vehicle in Kia’s lineup. Immediately, a few things are evident: the swooping headlights of the current model have been tamed somewhat and are now more squared off at the grille; overall, the front area is more cut and aggressive than its predecessor, and the car has a new feeling of elegance about it. The tail lights are new, but the sheet metal all the way around feels familiar despite being redesigned.
Kia tacked on 3.7 extra inches to the length of the SUV, though it sits lower than the outgoing model — the wheelbase itself has been expanded by about 3 inches, so there will be plenty of room inside for added cabin space and comforts. The new Kia will be revealed the new Sorento in Korea later this month, prior to its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October.
2. Cadillac CTS
Fresh off its complete redesign for 2014, the new Cadillac CTS isn’t quite due for a serious revamp — nonetheless, Cadillac made a few tweaks that buyers can expect to see on the 2015 model-year cars, beginning with the removal of the wreath around the Cadillac badge. The entire grille has seen some light updating as well.
Underneath, the CTS will feature new Cadillac DockSpot wireless phone charging, Text Message Alerts that are now integrated with Cadillac CUE, OnStar with 4G LTE and a standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot (with a 3GB three-month trial), and safety features including a perpendicular parking feature and lane keep assist and lane change alert safety features. There are also new paint colors and new interior trim options.
3. McLaren 650S Sprint
The 650S is the broom with which McLaren will sweep away the beloved MP4-12C. If there was any criticism of the 12C, it was its looks — not bad, but just especially exciting for a car of its caliber. The 650S certainly helped liven up the field, with the face of the monstrous P1 melded on the front, but for those who still think it’s too pedestrian, McLaren has introduced the 650S Sprint — a 650S tuned for track use.
There’s considerable more downforce thanks to updated aerodynamic components, as well as F1-derived center locking wheels and a quick connector for fuel. The suspension has been re-calibrated and lowered, and the passenger seat is optional. It’ll be making its debut at the Pebble Beach concours d’elegance in California.
4. Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR
Is the standard Land Rover Range Rover Sport not doing it for you? You’re not alone, apparently, as Land Rover seemed moved to address the issue: enter the SVR, a raucous 550 horsepower super ute that can reach 60 from a standstill in 4.5 seconds and nail a top speed of 162. It starts at a lofty $110,475, which is actually on par with the Porsches and BMWs in its class.
The SVR uses the same 5.0 liter V8 that’s ubiquitous across Land Rover’s and Jaguar’s portfolios, but the SVR can reportedly shift 50 percent quicker thanks to a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. There are huge intakes up front, and quad-exhausts out back, and in the middle, it’s everything you’d expect from a Land Rover.
5. Dodge Durango Blacktop
The new Dodge Durango is menacing, but for some, not enough. Enter the new Blacktop package, which makes your Durango look meaner than ever with new black 20-inch wheels, a dual exhaust setup, a body-colored fascia, and new bits of black trim for the grille surround, air dam, mirrors, and headlight surrounds.
For the Durango SXT, this amounts to an additional cost of $1,590, but $1,990 on the Limited (though it also includes HID headlights with LED running lights and a leather interior.) On the R/T trim, the Blacktop package runs just $295 for the upgrades — you can find them in dealerships this October.