2018 Chicago Auto Show
The Chicago Auto Show is the largest car show in America. Not only in floor space, but also because the attendees actually buy cars. And for its 110th edition, there were plenty of them to choose from.
Toyota unveiled the next generation TRD Pro lineup. For 2019, the Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma all get the lifted off-road treatment, with Fox Internal Bypass Shocks, TRD Springs, and knobby tires.
Nissan showed up ready for Chicago’s winter with the one-off Armada Snow Patrol. It’s needed to street tow the 332-horsepower 370Zki snowmobiling roadster.
Ford hopes to entice baby-boomers with a refreshed 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon. A 1.5-liter EcoBlue diesel is now an engine option.
Volkswagen’s flagship Arteon made its North American debut. With a 268-horsepower turbo I-4, this mid-size 5-door sedan replaces the CC and slides into the line-up above the Passat.
Subaru is celebrating 5-decades in the U.S. Their 50th Anniversary Edition models will sport Heritage Blue exterior paint and anniversary badging.
Hyundai showed the revised Hybrid version of the 2018 Sonata sedan. The Plug-in Hybrid model can get up to 27 electric miles. The brand also announced they will compete in the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge with two Hyundai i30 N TCR racecars.
And, all gas-fueled Fiat 500s are now turbocharged with a boosted 1.4-liter MultiAir I-4. Horsepower jumps from 101 to 135. Abarth models remain at 160.
And, that’s this week’s Windy City Motor News.