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Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show

By Christian Wardlaw, February 12, 2016
2017 Ram Power Wagon Intro at 2016 Chicago Auto Show photo

In terms of size and attendance, the annual Chicago Auto Show is reportedly the largest exposition of its kind in North America. If you’re headed into the city to check out the shiny new sheet metal, be sure to see these 13 new cars, trucks, and SUVs that debuted at the show.

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Coupe photo

2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
Designed to improve lap times rather than acceleration times, the 2017 Camaro 1LE option package installs numerous cosmetic and mechanical upgrades with the sole purpose of getting around a road course as quickly as possible. Buyers on a budget will be glad to learn that the 1LE package is now offered on the Camaro LT with a V-6 engine in addition to the muscular SS model.

2017 Chevrolet Trax front quarter photo

2017 Chevrolet Trax
Chevy’s cute little Trax crossover SUV gets a makeover for 2017, with freshened front styling, interior refinements, and new safety and infotainment technologies that ought to make it more appealing than ever.

2017 Ford Escape Sport front quarter photo

2017 Ford Escape
Quietly, Ford introduced a new Sport Appearance package for the restyled 2017 Escape SUV. This option features blacked-out exterior trim, dark painted 19-in. wheels, and 2-tone black and gray seating with a ribbed insert pattern. The upgrade is available for SE and Titanium trim levels of the Escape.

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport front quarter photo

2017 Ford Explorer
For 2017, the Ford Explorer XLT gets a new Sport Appearance package, with darkened exterior trim and wheels as well as unique front seats. Additionally, Ford showed a wheelchair-accessible version of the Explorer, complete with sliding rear side doors that basically turn the crossover SUV into a minivan.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe front photo

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai’s 7-passenger Santa Fe SUV receives a cosmetic makeover, improved comfort, and new safety and infotainment technologies. However, more important than any of these things, the company hinted at changes that would allow this family-sized crossover to earn a “Top Safety Pick” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport front quarter photo

2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport
A 5-passenger version of the larger Santa Fe, one equipped with unique styling details and different engines, the Santa Fe Sport gets a makeover similar to its larger sibling. Engines are re-tuned, too, losing a bit of power, but gaining more accessible power curves and earning higher fuel-economy ratings.

2017 Kia Niro front quarter photo

2017 Kia Niro
Designed as a dedicated hybrid vehicle, the new Kia Niro combines style, utility, and 50-mpg fuel economy in an appealing crossover-style package. Kia also promises that the Niro will be engaging to drive, and a plug-in hybrid will join the lineup in the future.

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid front quarter photo

2017 Kia Optima Hybrid
Redesigned for 2017, the Kia Optima Hybrid is expected to get 42 mpg in combined driving and boasts a coefficient of drag equal to a Tesla Model S. It is offered in base and EX trim levels, and because of its battery configuration, boasts a 13.3 cu.-ft. trunk and a 60/40 split-folding rear seat to expand utility.

2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid front quarter photo

2017 Kia Optima Plug-in Hybrid
Take one Optima Hybrid, add a bigger electric motor and battery pack (which cuts into trunk space), make a handful of other relevant modifications, and you’ve got the Optima Plug-in Hybrid. It can travel 27 miles on nothing but electricity and recharges in less than 9 hours using a standard household outlet, Kia says. When the battery reaches a minimum state of charge, this car works just like a regular hybrid, getting 40 mpg in combined driving, according to Kia’s estimates.

2017 Nissan Armada front quarter photo

2017 Nissan Armada
A new Nissan Armada is coming soon, based on the company’s global SUV, the Nissan Patrol. If it looks a bit like an Infiniti QX80, your eyes do not deceive you, as the QX is also based on the Patrol. Sized like a Chevy Tahoe, the 8-passenger Armada’s pricing should fit comfortably beneath the Infiniti.

2017 Nissan Titan front quarter photo

2017 Nissan Titan
With the debut of the new half-ton 2017 Titan in Chicago, there are two different Titan models to consider. This one is the smaller, cheaper, and less capable model. The Titan XD is the bigger, more expensive, and more capable model. The 2017 Titan half-ton offers V-6 or V-8 power, and will be available in regular, extended, and crew cab styles.

2017 Ram Power Wagon front quarter photo

2017 Ram Power Wagon
Ram separates the Power Wagon from the rest of the 2500 Heavy Duty lineup for 2017 and gives it a new look similar to the Ram 1500 Rebel model. This rugged off-roader is also available in plain Jane Tradesman trim, providing all of the capability without any of the frills.

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro front quarter photo

2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
If you’re planning regular off-road excursions in a Tacoma, you’ll probably want the new TRD Pro model that debuted in Chicago. Modified with Toyota Racing Development bits and pieces, and equipped with a unique appearance, the Tacoma TRD Pro is ready to go wherever, whenever.

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