Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2018 Chicago Auto Show

By Christian Wardlaw, February 11, 2018
  • 2018 Chicago Auto Show main lobby photo

    From a public attendance perspective, the annual Chicago Auto Show claims to be the largest one in the nation. Also, because it is held shortly after the Los Angeles Auto Show and the Detroit Auto Show, it is a terrific venue for consumers to see all of the latest new car, truck, van, and SUV models. This year, show-goers will also have access to new vehicles never displayed before, and they’re listed on the pages that follow in alphabetical order.

  • 2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS front quarter left photo

    2018 Chevrolet Traverse RS

    Turbocharged 4-cylinder engines are becoming more popular in larger vehicles, including family-sized crossover SUVs. Chevrolet is testing consumer acceptance of these small yet powerful engines with the new 2018 Traverse RS. It’s got a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 257 horsepower and 295 lb.-ft. of torque, most of which is available starting at just 2,100 rpm. Sporty styling helps to set the Traverse RS apart, and this version of the SUV comes only with front-wheel drive.

  • 2018 Dodge Durango SRT front quarter left photo

    2018 Dodge Durango R/T and SRT

    Dodge and its Mopar parts division rolled out massaged versions of the Durango R/T and Durango SRT in Chicago. In addition to new Viper-style racing stripes, both versions of the SUV are available with a louder performance exhaust system. Upgrades reserved for the SRT include a lowering spring kit from Mopar, and a new factory option package that adds real carbon fiber trim to the cabin.

  • 2018 Fiat 500 Abarth front quarter left photo

    2018 Fiat 500

    Fiat rolled out a freshened 500 lineup, which for 2018 drops its anemic 101-horsepower engine for a standard turbocharged 1.4-liter belting out 135 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque. Hey, don’t laugh. That’s pretty good for a 2,500-lb. car. Abarth and 500e versions also return for 2018, and every new Fiat 500 wears the same body kit as the Abarth.

  • 2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon front quarter right photo

    2019 Ford Transit Connect Wagon

    Ford updates its quirky Transit Connect Wagon for the 2019 model year, in a bid to attract van lovers who don’t want to drop a significant amount of money on a typical minivan. New engines, including a diesel, are on tap, along with significant infotainment and safety system upgrades. Reportedly, Ford has also strengthened the underlying vehicle architecture to improve crash-test ratings.

  • 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front quarter right photo

    2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid

    In Chicago, Hyundai revealed the new hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the refreshed 2018 Sonata midsize sedan. The cars get the same improvements as their traditional brethren, and that includes a big styling improvement. Now, the green machines look just like other Sonatas except for wheel designs and badges. Hybrids get 42 mpg in combined driving, while plug-ins deliver 27 miles of electric range before reverting to gas-electric hybrid propulsion.

  • 2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF side profile left photo

    2018 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF

    The original 1990 Mazda MX-5 Miata debuted in Chicago. Now, 28 years later, Mazda announced changes to the RF version, entering its second year of production. In addition to new paint colors and a new, Auburn-hued interior leather option, the MX-5 RF now comes with standard heated seats and keyless access with push-button engine starting.

  • Nissan 370Zki Concept Car photo

    Nissan 370Zki Concept

    Basically, what you see here is a Nissan 370Z roadster transformed into a 332-horsepower snowmobile, dubbed the 370Zki. It is on display within a special “snow dome” inside of Chicago’s McCormick Place convention center, where white carpet and snow flurries falling at 15-minute intervals are expected to draw visitors to view the spectacle. I grew up in the Midwest. The last thing Midwesterners want is for winter to be happening inside as well as outside.

  • Nissan Armada Snow Patrol photo

    Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Concept

    Equipped for blizzard-battling duty, the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Concept boasts a 3-in. suspension lift, extreme off-road tires mounted to special 20-in. wheels, off-road front bumper with a 12,000-lb. winch, roof rack fronted by a light bar, rock rail sliders, and more.

  • Nissan Titan XD lift kit photo

    2018 Nissan Titan Suspension Lift Kit

    In Chicago, Nissan also showcased a new bolt-on suspension lift kit for the Titan and Titan XD models. Developed by ICON Vehicle Dynamics, the kit can be installed at your local Nissan dealership in just 4 hours, and won’t void the truck’s factory warranty. You can jack the truck up as high as an additional 3 ins. Nissan is also highlighting a new HD Front GAWR package for the Titan that allows the truck to be fitted with snowplow equipment.

  • 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport with MOPAR custom parts photo

    2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport with Mopar Parts

    In Chicago, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Mopar accessory parts division rolled out a bright red 2019 Ram 1500 Big Horn Sport slathered in extra-cost upgrades. Naturally, the theme was off-roading, and the truck boasted a suspension lift, beadlock-compatible wheels with all-terrain tires, fender flares, and more. The crew cab shortbed also had a Ram Rack, which allows owners to securely carry long items.

  • 2018 Subaru 50th Anniversary Special Editions photo

    2018 Subaru 50th Anniversary Special Editions

    To celebrate 50 years of sales in America, Subaru is rolling out 50th Anniversary Edition versions of all its new car and SUV models. They’ve got Heritage Blue paint, satin chrome trim, black leather with silver stitching, and silver seat belts. Supplies are limited, so if you like what you see, you’ll want to get one while you can.

  • 2019 Toyota TRD Pro 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra photo

    2019 Toyota TRD Pro 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra

    Aside from the return of the full-size Tundra pickup to the TRD Pro family, in 2019 all these off-road-ready vehicles get improved suspension tuning with internal bypass shocks. Tacoma TRD Pro trucks include a new Desert Air Intake snorkel and a wider track than before. Other improvements relate mainly to appearance and equipment in order to keep all TRD Pro vehicles competitive in a hot off-roader market.

  • 2019 Volkswagen Arteon front quarter left photo

    2019 Volkswagen Arteon

    Set to serve as the flagship car within the Volkswagen lineup, the new 2019 Arteon is a 5-passenger hatchback with a sleek roofline. Increasingly, such vehicles are known as Sportbacks. Equipped with a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine generating 268 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, front-wheel or all-wheel drive, a standard adaptive damping suspension, and plenty of high-tech equipment, the new 2019 VW Arteon blends style, utility, and performance into a single all-weather package.

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