The second international motor show of the year taking place in America after NAIAS in Detroit is the Chicago Auto Show that runs from Thursday, February 7, through Tuesday 18, of the same month.
While Chicago has experienced a steady decline in global premieres in recent years, the Windy City will play host to at least one big debut in 2019, Subaru’s all-new, seventh-gen Legacy. It’s based on the Japanese brand’s modular platform that already underpins the Impreza, Forester and Ascent and will feature a huge, portrait-style touchscreen for its comprehensively equipped infotainment system.
Visitors will also be able to view Toyota’s redesigned Tacoma pickup truck, the limited edition ‘Heritage’ Land Cruiser and a new TRD Pro ‘beast’. At the same time its luxury brand, Lexus, will display two special editions: the ‘Black Line’ NX F-Sport and the $100k+ LC500 ‘Inspiration Series’.
Volkswagen is bringing the GLI performance version of its Jetta compact sedan that will be powered by the Golf GTI’s 2.0-liter turbocharged four, which for this occasion gets 228 HP (231 PS).
Ford will bring the 2020 Super Duty variants of its best-selling F-Series, while homegrown rival GMC has the 2020 Sierra Heavy Duty, that’s sporting a 6.6-liter Duramax turbodiesel, a 10-speed auto gearbox and no less than 15 (!) cameras.
Last, but not least, Chicago will host a number of special editions such as the Mazda MX-5/Miata 30th Anniversary, the Nissan Pathfinder ‘Rock Creek’, the ‘Sublime’ Charger and Challenger (which, in that lime color, are anything but…), and the 35th Anniversary Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans.
We’ll be constantly updating our guide throughout the show, so check back on this space, while you can also keep up with all the latest news and gossip coming from the Chicago Auto Show over here.