Preview: What To Expect At The Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show

New cars are getting ready to blow through the windy city.  The Chicago Auto Show begins this week and with it comes new models and a focus on crossovers and heavy-duty vehicles.

While dozens of new vehicle debuts happened in Detroit last month, some automakers held out a few goodies for the occasion. The biggest thing to know is that while the Detroit Auto Show is focused on the industry, the Chicago Auto Show paints itself as being more focused on the consumer. It is also physically the biggest auto show in the country in terms of sheer space.

According to Automotive News the anticipated reveals include updated models of Ram’s heavy-duty pickup and Hyundai’s Santa Fe. Ford is expected to unveil a special-edition of its Explorer, while Toyota may reveal a new edition of its Tacoma. We’ve got the details about these and more for you here.


The Trax went on sale just over a year ago and Chevrolet is already ready to give it a cycle update. No major changes are expected with it likely featuring more options and a few design tweaks. The automaker is continuing to expand its Camaro lineup. So look for improved suspension and body updates for the 1LE model. Both the Colorado and the Silverado will show off new colors.


The Explorer just keeps getting more all-inclusive and individual at the same time. Ford is expected to reveal at least one special edition Explorer as well as a wheelchair-accessible version.


The South Korean automaker is keeping it simple. Its contribution to the show will likely include freshened versions of the midsize crossover Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport models.  


Kia’s new hybrid Niro concept will make its global debut at the show. Details are still under wraps, but we do know it will be a little bit bigger than the compact crossover Sportage. Nothing so far about pricing or mileage.


The German luxury brand is showing its family style with a new concept based off its Sprinter. Expect it to focus on family convenience with a large cargo area. The new minivan-ish Metris will also be at the show.


Nissan is keeping secrets, but is plenty willing to tease. The automaker has said that it plans to show off an “all-new” vehicle at this week’s show and that’s literally all the details it is giving. Word on the street though is that the Armada is due for a next-generation model. It is based off the Titan, which just debuted a redesigned model.


It’s time for a mid-cycle freshening for the automaker’s heavy-duty pickup. Likely the improvement will include a power increase.


The latest-generation Tacoma will be showing off either a new model or trim package. Either way, we’re game.

The Chicago Auto Show opens to the press on Thursday, February 11th. It opens to the general public on Saturday.

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