2023 Chicago Auto Show
We’re back from the Windy City with the biggest news from this year’s Chicago Auto Show.
Toyota unveiled the 2024 Grand Highlander, a stretched crossover SUV with a true adult-sized third row. It will be available with three powertrains, including Toyota’s Hybrid Max rated at 362 horsepower.
Volkswagen showed a pair of fresh faces, the three-row 2024 Atlas and two-row Atlas Cross Sport. Additions include adaptive headlights and a new powertrain, along with a redesigned interior that’s more elegant, featuring more tech. Both are still made in the USA.
For its U.S. debut, the new Subaru Crosstrek wears familiar but smoother styling, bolstered by a 10% stiffer chassis. A CVT joins all-wheel drive as standard. Screens dominate the interior, with an available 11.6-inch vertical unit, home to optional STARLINK navigation.
Jeep celebrated its off-road heritage with the 20th Anniversary Edition, available on the Wrangler Rubicon 4xe and 392. Each has special graphics, badging, unique grilles, a suspension lift, all-terrain tires and beadlock-capable wheels.
Ram hit the show floor for the first public viewing of their 1500 Revolution EV pickup concept. It serves as a precursor to the production version, now officially known as the 1500 REV, (Pronounced REV as in revolution) expected to arrive late 2024.
Meanwhile, Tesla received some unexpected flak during this year’s Super Bowl. A 30-second ad called for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to outlaw Tesla’s Full Self-Driving feature. The ad, made by The Dawn Project, played only in select cities. This is not the first time Tesla's FSD has been scrutinized. A California Senate Bill regulates the language used to describe autonomous driving features; and even the US Justice Department has requested information related to FSD features.
And that’s it for this week’s Motor News!