TodayOctober 17, 2021

Car debuts from Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show debuts

We hear so much about other auto shows, but the Chicago Auto Show is the nation’s largest and best-attended auto show. Chicago is finishing up its 112th edition of the nation’s longest-running auto show. The 2020 Media Preview showed updates of some fan favorites and supercars for the rich and famous.

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Below are some of the highlights of the Chicago auto show.

2021 Chevrolet Equinox RS

The Equinox finally gets the RS trim!
Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel-drive being optional. There are five different trims available: L, LS, LT, RS, and Premier. There are three engines available: A 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 170 horsepower and a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 252 horsepower. Two transmissions are available: A 6-speed automatic transmission and a 9-speed automatic.
Some of the bling on the RS model include Gloss black grille, 19-inch Dark Android wheels Black bowties Black badging Black side rails, RS shift knob, red stitching, Black interior upholstery.

The Equinox Competitors include the Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, and Mazda CX-5.

2021 Chrysler Pacifica

The Pacifica has the most advanced AWD system in its class and is the only vehicle to offer AWD along with Stow ‘n Go seating
If wheels lose traction on ice or snow, Pacifica’s AWD system automatically activates the transfer of all available engine torque to the wheels with more traction
Power transfer unit and rear drive module automatically disconnect when AWD is not required, stopping the driveshaft from spinning — a class-exclusive feature that reduces driveline drag and improves efficiency
With a total of 97 standard safety features, the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica has the most standard safety features in the industry:
2021 Chrysler Pacifica offers 116 standard and available safety and security features across all Pacifica models
Pacifica features 14 new-as-standard safety features, including new LED lights and new Pedestrian Automatic Emergency Braking (PAEB)
Inspired freshening of the front grille, headlamps, fog lamps, and taillamp yields a more athletic, utility-vehicle look and feel across the entire Pacifica lineup
2021 Pacifica lineup features four models: Touring, Touring L, Limited and, new for 2021, Pinnacle
The Pacifica Competitors include the Honda Odyssey, Kia Sedona, and Toyota Sienna.
2020 Durango SRT Black and Redline Stripe

The new 2020 Dodge Durango SRT Black appearance package adds Midnight Grey Metallic and Gloss Black exterior accents packaged with available 20-inch by 10-inch Matte Vapor wheels.
Exclusively available on Durango SRT, the Redline stripe is a full-length Satin Black center stripe with Redline Red accent tracers on each edge
The Durango SRT Black package and Redline stripe are available with ten colors: Billet Silver, DB Black, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Granite Crystal, Octane Red, Reactor Blue, Redline, White Knuckle and Vice White
The Durango SRT Black package starts at a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,495; Redline stripe starts at a U.S. MSRP of $1,295.
The Dodge Durango SRT is powered by the 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8, which delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. Torque and a best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds.
Billed as the fastest American three-row SUV, the Durango SRT goes from 0-60 miles per hour (mph) in 4.4 seconds, covers the quarter-mile in 12.9 seconds as certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

The Durango Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander.

2020 Ford GT Liquid Carbon

The Ford GT gets more horsepower and various engine tweaks in 2020, as well as the addition of a track-only GT Mk variant, an exposed carbon fiber body, and a lightly-tweaked Heritage livery. The GT Mk is 200 pounds lighter and features race-proven aerodynamics, safety equipment, and more power. The GT is a high-performance supercar that seats two passengers and is only available as a 2-door coupe.

Only one engine is available: A 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that makes 660 horsepower and pairs with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The GT Mk produces 700 horsepower thanks to a less-restricted engine with new software mapping. The GT has a zero to 60 time of 3 seconds and a top speed of 216 mph.

Available driver-assist technology includes Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a rearview camera. Pricing ranges from $400,000 to $1,200,000.

The GT Competitors include the Acura NSX, Porsche 911 GT2, Ferrari F8 Tributo, and Lamborghini Huracan.

2021 Genesis GV80

The GV80 is the first crossover or sport-utility vehicle in the Genesis brand. The GV80 is a midsize luxury crossover that’s only available as a 4-door wagon with rear- or all-wheel drive. It shares the spotlight with the G70, G80, and G90 sedans in the Genesis model line.

The GV80 Competitors include the Audi Q5, BMW X5, Cadillac XT5, Jaguar F-Pace, Lexus RX, Mercedes-Benz GLE, and Volvo XC60.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

The Hyundai Sonata comes in front-wheel-drive only. There are five trims available: SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and Hybrid. There are three powertrain choices. Gas-only engines include a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 180 horsepower and a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder that makes 191 horsepower — both pair to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid boasts a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine paired to a 39-kW electric motor that together produces 192 horsepower.

The Sonata competitors include the Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry.

2021 Jaguar F-Type – Subtle and Sublime

New design: 2021 Jaguar F-TYPE evolves into a purer, more sculpted and assertive expression of the definitive Jaguar sports car with a new hood with flowing surfaces, subtly enlarged grille, unique front bumper designs, among other design touches
Super-slim LED headlights with ‘Calligraphy’ signature J daytime running lights accentuate the purposeful, confident stance, while slender LED tail lamps with ‘Chicane’ signature introduced by the all-electric I-PACE complement the design at the rear
Luxurious materials, exacting craftsmanship and beautiful detailing define the driver-focused interior
Standard in-car technology includes a new 12.3-inch HD virtual instrument cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto™1,2, and software-over-the-air functionality
F-TYPE R models receive a more powerful supercharged V8 and uprated chassis with new springs, dampers, anti-roll bars, and rear knuckles
The Jaguar F-Type Competitors include the Chevrolet Corvette, BMW Z4, Toyota Supra, and Porsche Cayman.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Mojave

The Jeep Gladiator Mojave’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine delivers 285 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and features engine stop-start (ESS) as standard equipment. It is engineered to provide a broad torque band with a focus on low-end torque, an essential trait needed for extreme off-roading. A six-speed manual transmission is standard with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6, and an eight-speed automatic transmission is optional.

The 2020 Jeep Gladiator uses a V-6 engine’s low-range torque, which is needed when out on the trails or hauling cargo or towing a trailer.

With the standard six-speed manual transmission, Gladiator Mojave boasts an impressive crawl ratio of 57.3:1 and 52.6:1 on Mojave models equipped with the optional eight-speed automatic transmission – both of which make cresting a dune or scaling any obstacle on the trail easy.

The Jeep Gladiator Competitors include the Chevrolet Colorado, Ford Ranger, and Toyota Tacoma.

2020 Jeep Special Edition Wrangler and Gladiator Premium High Altitude

Wrangler and Gladiator models boast an unmatched combination of customized appearance, premium content, and 4×4 capability
Wrangler and Gladiator High Altitude deliver customized, sophisticated styling, a well-appointed interior, a long list of premium standard features and legendary Jeep 4×4 capability
Wrangler and Gladiator High Altitude models will arrive in Jeep showrooms in the second quarter of 2020

2020 Jeep Wrangler JPP 20 Limited Edition

Mopar Introduces New Limited-edition Jeep Wrangler JPP 20 to Showcase Jeep Performance Parts
Jeep Wrangler JPP 20 features numerous quality-tested, off-road Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) and accessories, including a 2-inch lift kit, Rubicon Warn Winch, LED light packages and more
Mopar Custom Shop factory-trained technicians to provide superior craftsmanship with the installation of specific components following factory production
Dealer orders for limited-edition Wrangler JPP 20 open in the second quarter; vehicles to arrive in Jeep dealerships this summer
Jeep Wrangler is one of the most accessorized vehicles in the world and the only vehicle to win “4×4/SUV of the Year” from SEMA since the inception of the award in 2010
JPP portfolio includes more than 200 factory-backed, quality-tested parts and accessories, specifically designed and engineered for the off-road enthusiast

2020 Kia Cadenza

For 2020, Drive Wise, Kia’s advanced suite of driver-assisted technology, sees a number of significant enhancements to the Cadenza. New standard features include:

The new standard “Sensor Fusion” combines Forward Collision Warning; Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian/cyclist detection, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go, and High Beam Assist.
Lane Following Assist follows visible lane markings or a preceding vehicle and provides steering inputs to maintain the vehicle’s position in the lane.
Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist – Rear with Lane Change Assist.
Highway Driving Assist uses federal highway speed limit information to adjust vehicle speed to be within the posted speed automatically limit.
Navigation-based Smart Cruise Control – Curve uses navigation data to lower the vehicle’s speed proactively before upcoming curves.
Safe Exit Assist alerts the driver or passenger opening their door not to exit the vehicle when approaching traffic is detected.
The Kia Cadenza’s Competitors include the Honda Accord and Toyota Avalon.

2020 Nissan Frontier

An all-new, powerful 3.8-liter direct-injection V6 engine and all-new 9-speed automatic transmission – both of which will be key elements in the next-generation, all-new Frontier coming soon.
The 2020 Frontier, which marks the last model year of the current generation, will feature best-in-class horsepower1 while also providing improved fuel economy and emissions performance. It will go on sale in spring 2020.

The Nissan Frontier Competitors include the Ford Ranger, Toyota Tacoma, Chevrolet Colorado, and GMC Canyon.

2021 Toyota Highlander XSE; Trail Special Edition Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner; and Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia Go Dark with Nightshade Special Editions

First-Ever Highlander XSE Debuts with Bolder Style and Sporty Handling
* Trail Special Edition Tacoma, Tundra and 4Runner Offer Greater Outdoors Versatility
* Tacoma, Tundra and Sequoia Go Dark with Nightshade Special Editions

The Toyota Highlander Competitors include the Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, and Ford Explorer.

2021 Volkswagen Atlas

Front-wheel drive is standard with a four-wheel-drive being optional. Seven trims are available: S, SE, SE w Technology, R-Line, SEL, SEL R-Line, and SEL Premium. There are two different engines offered: A 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder that makes 235 horsepower and a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 276 horsepower. Both pair with 8-speed automatic transmission. The maximum towing capacity is rated at 5,000 pounds.

The VW Atlas Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, and Honda Pilot.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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