Chicago Auto Show
“The Chicago Auto Show draws the nation’s biggest crowd of actual car consumers. And, MotorWeek was on hand for all the news blowing out of the Windy City for 20-16.”
Nissan kicked things off with an all-new Armada full-size SUV. Like the Infiniti QX80, it’s now based on the full-framed Nissan Patrol, as assembly shifts from Tennessee to Japan. A 5.6 liter v8 stays under the hood, now with 390 horsepower, as cheap gas gives this brute a new lease on life.
At the opposite end of the yardstick, Chevrolet showed a “freshened” Trax subcompact crossover. Styling tweaks and equipment upgrades should keep it competitive.
Chevy rolled out a pair of pickups; Midnight Editions of the Colorado…and Silverado.
For enthusiasts, there’s a new Chevrolet Camaro 1LE performance package, available with V8 or first-time V6. Upgrades include revised suspension and brakes, a short throw shifter, dual-mode exhaust, and the Corvette’s performance data recorder.
Over at FCA, Ram debuted a new Power Wagon, based on their 2500 Heavy Duty Pickup.
Hyundai showed an updated Santa Fe…and Santa Fe Sport crossover.
While Kia produced a “jolt” with the production Niro hybrid crossover-their first model on a dedicated gas-hybrid platform. Kia also pulled off the wraps on both hybrid and plug-in hybrid Optima sedans.
Toyota brought some attitude to Chicago with this TRD Pro Tacoma pickup…
Ford showed up with an industry-first: an Explorer with a sliding side door and ramp for wheelchair access…
The Chicago-built Explorer felt the love even more with this Special Appearance Package; it includes 20” wheels, a unique grill, and an upgraded interior.
“So, that’s the latest car buzz from “Chi-Town”, and this week’s MotorNews.”