Posts from ‘Chicago Auto Show’
The official launch of the redesigned-for-2017 Mazda CX-5 is just around the corner; it’s slated to begin arriving in dealerships later this spring. The new CX-5 represents an evolution of Mazda’s KODO—Soul of Motion design theme, a motif that debuted on the Mazda Shinari concept car of 2010. The new bodywork also bears an obvious family resemblance to the CX-5’s larger sibling—the redesigned-for-2016 Mazda CX-9 midsize SUV.
Bored with beige? Sick of silver? Weary of white? Tired of tan? Chagrined by champagne? Troubled b… OK, sorry, we’ll stop. Though muted, conservative colors seem to dominate in the new-vehicle marketplace, most manufacturers offer at least a couple unusual hues in their factory-paint palettes. Auto shows are a great place to see these colors up close and in person on a new vehicle, instead of looking at a computer screen or a paint chip at the dealer. If you’re an extroverted type who wants your ride to turn heads, an out-of-the-ordinary color is a great way to do it. Keep in mind, however, that these colors can fall out of fashion much quicker than the “safe” standby colors, which can be an issue come resale time.
At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ aftermarket division took the wraps off the latest in a long line of special-edition Dodge Challengers. The 2017 Mopar ’17 Challenger commemorates the 80th anniversary of the Mopar brand. It’s a limited-run model that adds a special paint job and other unique trim features to a 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker Challenger with a 6-speed manual transmission.
Announced at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show was the launch of Midwest EVOLVE, a three-year project to promote electric vehicles in seven midwestern states: Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North Dakota. A partnership between the American Lung Association and eight Clean Cities coalitions in those seven states, Midwest EVOLVE plans to host more than 200 events, including some that will allow drivers to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle.
Mitsubishi debuted a new trim level for its top-selling vehicle at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition slots above the base ES model in the Outlander Sport lineup, and wears a handful of unique appearance features.
Chrysler’s Pacifica minivan debuted to rave reviews all around last year, bringing a new level of style and family-friendly features to the minivan category. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Chrysler unveiled its partnership with world-leading wheelchair-lift and wheelchair-vehicle manufacturer BraunAbility to create a wheelchair-accessible Chrysler Pacifica.
Chevrolet debuted Redline concepts at the 2015 SEMA show, but introduced production versions today at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
Nissan completes its full-size pickup lineup with the Chicago Auto Show debut of King Cab (extended-cab) body styles of the Titan and “heavy half-ton” Titan XD, which join existing single-cab and Crew Cab versions.
It’s perhaps not quite what you’d expect from “Midnight Editions” (shouldn’t they be, um, black?) but Nissan says these new additions to the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder lineups reflect the popularity of the original version that was first made available on the 2016 Maxima SR – and accounted for 85 percent of SR sales.
Hyundai revealed its redesigned 2018 Elantra GT hatchback at the Chicago Auto Show. In addition to a whole new look, the 2018 GT offers a new drivetrain and several new features.