News Roundup: Sorento PHEV Priced, CX-5 Restyle, Lightning, More

This week, Kia's plug-in Sorento is here, Mazda gives the CX-5 a thorough rework and standard AWD, Ford gets ready for Lightning to strike, Lucid gets the longest EPA EV range yet, and Nissan paints the GT-R.

Evan Williams By: Evan Williams September 20, 2021

Kia’s plug-in Sorento has just arrived at dealers in Canada, starting from $44,995. The PHEV version of the Sorento offers an electric range of up to 51 km as well as an estimated 2.8 L/100 km city, 3.2 highway. Powered by an electric motor and 1.6L turbo-four, the crossover makes 261 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The model will be offered in EX, EX+, and SX. A conventional hybrid model will arrive later this year, but pricing has not been revealed for that one. Available PHEV features include remote charging control and scheduling as well as cloud-based real-time map routing navigation. The top SX model has an MSRP of $54,995, and all three trim levels have AWD as standard.

Mazda has updated the CX-5 crossover for 2022. The first changes you’ll likely notice are the styling. Mazda has added a new grille and grille treatment along with thinner headlights. A new lower fascia completes the look up front and there are similar changes to the rear. A new Sport Appearance Package adds gloss black finishes to the exterior while the Signature trim swaps grey cladding for body-colour exterior trim and accents. Under the skin, changes include a revised suspension for reduced road noise and better ride comfort as well as increased chassis rigidity and a more responsive six-speed automatic. Mazda has also made all-wheel drive standard on all CX-5 models.

2022 Mazda CX5

Ford has started building pre-production versions of the F-150 Lightning electric pickup. That brings the model even closer to series production and to putting the first owners behind the wheel. Ford says that it has invested an additional $250m into the facilities that will build the truck and adding 450 direct jobs and is now expecting to be able to produce up to 80,000 EV pickups a year. Ford says it has more than 150,000 reservations for the truck, with deliveries to the first customers expected to happen in spring 2022.

2022 Ford Lightning

Electric vehicle start-up Lucid now has an official EPA range figure for its Lucid Air Dream Edition R and the Dream Edition P. It’s a strong figure, as well, with the R now the longest-range electric vehicle the EPA has rated to date. The official figure is 520 miles. That’s 842 km on a single charge for the 933 hp electric sedan when equipped with the 19-inch wheels. Performance edition models with 1,111 hp have a range estimate of up to 763 km with the 800 hp Lucid Air Grand Touring on 19-inch wheels seeing an official 836 km estimate.

2022 Lucid Air

Nissan is offering a special T-Spec trim to the GT-R lineup and it comes with a pair of iconic GT-R colours. The model sits above GT-R Premium and adds wider front fenders from the previous Track Edition, gold-paint Rays wheels, carbon spoiler, and other special badging. The 565 hp AWD supercar-killer will also get carbon-ceramic brakes with ducting from the Nismo. The really special bits, though, are the colours. Millennium Jade is the lighter of the two, first offered on the R34 GT-R V-Spec II Nür. Only 156 were sold in that spec and colour, which has never been offered on a GT-R in Canada. The second is Midnight Purple, a modern interpretation of Midnight Purple III, offered on just 132 examples of the R34 V-Spec car. Pricing for the limited-edition ride starts from $162,498.

2022 Nissan GTR