Although not usually the auto show that that garners the most attention from the big truck automakers, the Chicago Auto Show is usually a pretty good place to find some interesting tidbits about coming models. Some automakers even use the Midwestern show to experiment with concept trucks or special option packages. You may remember last year Toyota revealed its significantly refreshed 2014 Tundra in Chicago, and Ram Commercial debuted its new Ram ProMaster full-size van.
This year we haven't heard about any big reveals but there are rumblings from Toyota that it will be doing something special; Nissan looks to be doing something called a "Frontier project truck" (teasing an "interesting powertrain story"); and Lingenfelter has been making news with a few leaked photos of what it is calling the "Reaper" Silverado. Sounds interesting.
Additionally, we've heard GM could unveil its little commercial van, the City Express, which is GM's version of the Nissan NV200, and we may see a few compressed natural gas heavy-duty pickup trucks on the floor as well. And you can never count out Ford and Ram coming up with a surprise or two to try to steal some thunder.
Public days are Feb. 8-17 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 8-16 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 17. Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for senior citizen age 62 or older and children age 7 to 12; children age 6 and younger are admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult family member.
We'll share all the information we can collect during press days, Feb. 6-7, as we attend the show and keep our ears to the fenderwells.