Posts from ‘Chicago Auto Show’
Toyota revealed a second “sporty” entry at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in the form of the 2018 Sequoia TRD Sport.
Toyota revealed an extension of its TRD (Toyota Racing Development) range at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show that is due to go on sale next fall as the 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport.
Toyota’s popular RAV4 compact crossover showed off its brawnier side at the Chicago Auto Show.
Ford has just unveiled the all-new 2018 Expedition, and the 2017 Chicago Auto Show will mark the redesigned full-size SUV’s first public appearance. Regular-length Expedition and extended-length Expedition MAX body styles will be available, both featuring an aluminum-alloy body on a redesigned high-strength steel frame. Weight-saving measures take out about 300 pounds compared to previous Expedition.
Dodge is unveiling a muscled-up version of its already muscular large SUV at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The 2018 Dodge Durango SRT takes the SRT sub-brand’s usual high-lux, high-performance tricks—an uber-powerful engine, performance suspension tuning, unique styling cues, and upscale interior trimmings—and applies them to the biggest SUV in Dodge’s model lineup.
If you attended at the Chicago Auto Show back in 2003 or 2004, you might have seen a Hummer-like SUV with “Studebaker” stamped on the liftgate. Posed by some rugged-looking rocks in a small Avanti Motor Corporation display, this hulking behemoth was a Hail Mary attempt by struggling Avanti Motor to cash in on the then-booming mega-SUV market. How did such a bizarrely branded vehicle ever come to pass?
The 2016 Chicago Auto Show opened its doors last week, and naturally Consumer Guide was there to cover all the new-vehicle introductions (which you can check out here). While the gleaming machines on display are obviously the main attractions at any major auto show, the manufacturer displays themselves are another key part of the magic. The displays are often much more than just the frame around the picture—they’re marvelous feats of architectural engineering that help a given brand stake out its space and stand out on the show floor.
Chevrolet’s redesigned-for-2016 Camaro will be offering even-more-athletic handing for 2017. At the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, Chevy announced the return of the 1LE handling package to the Camaro lineup. Availability of the package is expanded this time around to include V6-powered Camaros as well as the SS V8s (which are rated at 335 horsepower and 455 horsepower respectively, in case you forgot). In both cases, a manual transmission is mandatory.
Chevrolet unveiled a refreshed edition of its subcompact crossover SUV at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The 2017 Chevrolet Trax gets new front and rear fasciae and an updated interior with a new instrument cluster, redesigned center panel with 7-inch MyLink touchscreen, and an updated infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.
Also new are a handful of active safety features, namely blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision alert, and lane-departure warning. LS and LT trim levels carry over, but the top-line LTZ model has been renamed Premier. Also carried over is the Trax’s 138-horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder and 6-speed automatic transmission.
To combat lower-priced rivals that have recently entered the commercial van segment, Mercedes-Benz introduced a cost-competitive version of its venerable Sprinter at the Chicago Auto Show.
Called the Sprinter Worker, its $33,490 starting price (including destination) undercuts the existing Sprinter 2500 by roughly $4000, yet it includes air conditioning, power windows, Crosswind Assist, and a 161-horsepower 2.1-liter 4-cylinder turbodiesel engine. It also boasts a 3512-lb payload capacity, 5000-lb towing capacity, 319 cubic feet of cargo capacity, and a 137.4-inch floor length. Worker is due to go on sale late spring.