Re the progression of models, how they introduce things is a marketing standard.
Introduce something attention getting but not exactly what everyone wants. They’ll still buy the new thing anyway. Then a year or so later release that thing with the upgrade everyone wants and they will buy it again.
Ford did this with the Mustang in 2007. Went to that modernized retro look. But in v6. Year or so later, here comes the 5.0 that everyone wanted to begin with. It wasn’t by accident.
Want to by a car with a Hemi engine? First car with one was the Dodge Magnum, not the Charger.