This year’s Chicago Auto Show was the perfect reflection of what auto culture is all about; it provided a great platform for manufacturers to showcase their best cars. We spotted numerous concept and dream vehicles that had our jaws dropping to the floor. In total, there were nearly 1,000 trucks, cars, and SUVs. This show is bigger than WWE’s Andre the Giant; it is Chicago’s biggest national auto show, and therefore it is not surprising that the manufacturers expressed their excitement about a rise in attendance in the face of a slowing market. This increase in popularity has been confirmed by dealers who have reported an increase in customers after the hugely successful show. There were plenty of goodies to offer including 20 brand-new introductions, test drive opportunities, and numerous interactive exhibits.
Apart from hosting various North American and worldwide car debutants, the show is also meant to raise charity for several key Chicago organizations; the organizers revealed that they raised more than $2.5 million in a single night. This year’s show will go down as the 111th edition. Next year’s public show will be held Feb. 8-17.
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This truck looks like a war machine that can only be found in Syria or a Jason Statham movie. The new GMC Sierra 2500HD is a concept vehicle that sets new engineering standards thanks to its tank-like tracks that help it move through snow and rugged terrains. We love that GMC used its signature bold design sans wheels. This monster gets its power from a 445 hp Duramax V8 Turbo Diesel engine that provides 910 foot-pounds of torque. It’s not just about power and utility either. Its enhanced capability and features complement its utility and power. A RIGID light bar and Thule snowboard racks sit up top while the interior boasts of having first-class features like upscale leather treatments, a Kicker speaker kit and Bose speakers. This concept was first introduced in 2017 to bring attention to the company’s trucks. It was one of the show-stoppers in the recent Chicago Auto Show; the attendees were left in awe, confirming that auto culture can also be a source of entertainment.
The 2020 Subaru Legacy played a starring role in this year’s show. Subaru has based this midsize sedan on its Global Platform; it is more appealing than before thanks to its massive new infotainment screen, a punchy turbocharged engine, and numerous safety features. The chassis is more rigid with enhanced safety features, improved stability as well as reduced noise, harshness, and vibration levels. This 7th-generation Legacy boasts of having two brilliant engines; a standard 2.5-liter flat-4 engine that is naturally aspirated as well as a 260 hp turbocharged 2.4-liter flat-4 option that is used for XT models. Subaru is yet to announce the price of the 2020 Legacy, but we think that will cost you around $25,000. We can confirm that it will arrive this fall.
The 2020 Ford Super Duty is beefier than a cow. This refreshed truck balances brawn and brains; it stands out for its monstrous new engine and increased tech features. This heavy-duty pickup truck will be offered in six main trims: Limited, Platinum, King Ranch, Lariat, XLT, and XL. For the engine, you will get carryover 6.7-liter diesel and 6.2-liter gasoline V8s as well as a new 7.3-liter gasoline V8. These engines offer a lot of displacement but Ford is yet to release horsepower and torque numbers, we’ll just have to wait to see if it will topple the 1,000 pound-feet of torque that is offered by the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty. It comes with new driver aids like autonomous emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, lane-keep assist, and pedestrian detection. We expect the price to be a little higher than the current model which goes for $34,645.
The Jetta GLI has arrived with a bang, and we can’t help but notice that it's more powerful than before. It boasts of a 228 horsepower turbocharged inline-four engine that has a capacity of 2.0 liters; it delivers 258 pound-feet of torque. This means that the 2019 version has added 41 lb-ft and 18 hp over the previous GLI. It uses the MQB modular platform which is also used by the GTI hatchback. The engine works with an optional seven-speed dual clutch and a standard six-speed manual transmission. The cabin offers numerous standard features like dual-zone climate control, red accent stitching, push-button start, 10-color ambient lighting, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and touchscreen infotainment that has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI will be available in dealerships this spring. We can't wait to drive one.
This concept car looks like a futuristic Formula 1 car that will be driven by Lewis Hamilton’s kids in the future. This single-seat prototype car is designed to create an aura of speed and self-expression. It is a beautiful blend of the old and the new; it comes with an advanced electric motor and vintage race car looks. This electrified concept will serve as a representation of what the future holds for auto culture. It is unlikely that single-seater speedsters will go into production, but we expect road cars to come with more elements of this concept’s design.
This convertible sports car is as British as they come. The 570S brings good vibes to the table just like Johnny English brings humor to a serious spy movie. It comes with a 562 horsepower twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V8 engine that works with a dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission. This beauty only needs 3.1 seconds to hit a time of zero-to-60, and in addition to this, it can reach a maximum of 204 mph. The McLaren 570S comes with many features like blind-spot monitoring, satellite radio, head-up display, leather seats, premium audio, navigation system, rearview camera, heated seats, Bluetooth and active aerodynamics. This 2-seat rear-wheel-drive model will be facing off against rivals like the Audi R8 Spider, Lamborghini Huracan Spider, and the Ferrari Portofino.
Land Rover introduced this magnificent 5-seat luxury vehicle in this year’s Chicago Auto Show. This all-wheel-drive model is here to dominate the auto culture space; it is offered as a 2-door convertible and as a 4-door wagon. The new Evoque will be offered in seven trims: Autobiography, HSE Dynamic, Landmark Edition, HSE, SE, SE Premium and Base. The vehicle comes with features like cruise control, Apple CarPlay, heated windshield, navigation, heated seats, blind-spot monitoring, Android Auto, pedestrian detection that works with emergency braking, heated steering wheel, rear-view camera, Bluetooth, USB, ventilated seats and leather seats. It will be competing against vehicles like Lexus NX, BMW X3, and the Audi Q5. It is driven by a 286 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a capacity of 2.0 liters or a 237 hp turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder option.
The new Spider will be offered with new trim Abarth, Lusso, and Classica. The juice comes from two engines: the Abarth trim has a 164 horsepower turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine that compliments the standard 160-horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The engine is paired to a 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual gearbox. The features include: premium audio, Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, satellite radio, heated seats, push-button start, leather seats, backup camera, LED daytime running lights, rear cross path detection, adaptive front headlamps, and blind-spot monitoring. This rear-wheel-drive sports car can only accommodate two people, and it can only be accessed in the form of a 2-door convertible. It will be in a tight race against the Toyota GT86, Subaru BRZ, and the Mazda MX-5.
This 4-door wagon adds a new V8 engine so that it can compete favorably against rivals like the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. The Bentayga is a luxury crossover that has a capacity of 5 people. The 542 horsepower 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 engine acts as a second option to the standard 600 hp W12 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged engine. The engines work with an eight-speed automatic transmission. This all-wheel-drive marvel comes with numerous personalized options. Some of the features include: rear privacy glass, hands-free tailgate, luggage management system, piano-black, and wood dashboard finishes, embroidered Bentley logos, rear-seat entertainment, a remote-controlled parking heater, lambswool rugs, mood lighting, premium audio, contrast stitching, retractable tow hitch as well as a digital TV and radio.
This 4-seat sports car only comes with rear-wheel-drive; it is offered both as a convertible and a 2-door coupe. The new Mustang has added two models, the California Special, and the Bullitt. For 2019, it will offer six different trim levels: Bullitt, California Special, GT Premium, GT, EcoBoost Premium and EcoBoost. The Mustang will be hoping that the Dodge Challenger and Chevrolet Camaro will have a bad day in office so that it can beat them at their own game. You will be spoiled for choices when it comes to engines; it comes with: a 480 horsepower 5.0-liter V8, a 460 horsepower 5.0-liter V8 and a 310 horsepower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with a capacity of 2.3 liters. It also has two transmissions: a 10-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual. The features include: lane-departure warning, a smartphone app, Android Auto, leather seats, Apple CarPlay, LED tail lamps and headlamps, distance-alert, lane-keep assist, magnetic-ride suspension, driver-alert system, heated steering wheel, heated seats, SYNC 3 and a pedestrian detection system that works in conjunction with a pre-collision system.