Kia needs a full-size SUV amid declining sales of its crossovers.
Federal regulators have now received at least 1,381 complaints alleging carbon monoxide leaks in the cabin.
The race will pit the SUV's 12-cylinder, 600-hp engine against the thin alpine air.
"I'm not the first person to point out an SUV is neither particularly sporty or utilitarian," McLaren's design chief says.
The Sport Utility Vehicle is dead. Long live the Sport Utility Vehicle.