2014 Chicago Auto Show: Preview

Chicago Auto Show II

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.



I'll be going to the Philadelphia auto show in two weeks. Last time I went there were some very intriguing concepts that... unfortunately never saw the light of day, though strangely enough one concept got modified into the modern JK Unlimited.

I saw pictures of the Chevy Reaper day's ago, not on Pickuptrucks.com......

^^ From last Monday. Way to stay on top of it Mark. ^^

Does a Silverado actually need a lift to clear 33" tires? I would guess that every other 1/2 ton can do that stock.

I'm ready for some more details on the f-150. At least show us the interior of some lesser models?

GM trucks have issues fitting tires, I know every other truck can clear 35s with a 3" level kit. My GM friends still rub 35s on a 6" lift. It's comical how hard it is to fit proportional tires on the GM trucks; every time I see a lifted GM truck, the fender to tire gap is about the same size as the tires.

@woopud, FYI - in Mark Williams defence, the "Reaper" is a Lingenfelter aftermarket truck.

All I want to know is the 2015 F-150 has tempered or laminated glass?

I wonder if Toyota is going to show us a 4.5 litre V8 Tundra? But I don't have lot's of faith in the Toyota V8 diesel. It just isn't competitive against those Euro V6 diesels.

Ford's 3 litre V6 diesel develops similar power and torque figures as the 4.5 Toyota V8 diesel. Toyota have some poor diesels at the moment. Maybe Toyota's relationship with BMW has fixed Toyota's diesel drought.

If Toyota does do this it would seem odd that the 'Japanese' are going to be the V8 masters of future pickups.

Nissan will show us a 2.8 ISF Cummins powered midsizer.

@Lou_BC, irrelevant of who the truck was done by, it was 'pickup truck news' of which PUTC use to be the industries news leader. Not so much anymore. Cars.com couldn't care less.

GM trucks have issues fitting tires, I know every other truck can clear 35s with a 3" level kit. My GM friends still rub 35s on a 6" lift. It's comical how hard it is to fit proportional tires on the GM trucks; every time I see a lifted GM truck, the fender to tire gap is about the same size as the tires.

-It's because of those stupid ass square wheelwells. When they go back to making them round again they'll be golden. 1972 was the last Chevy worth a damn.

That Reaper thing looks like garbage. What's up with the Dodge slanted nose that looks like it was designed it China? Why does Chevy even let them do this???? It's not even a real Chevy product or package like the Raptor is for Ford. This is just dumb. Lingenfelter needs to stick to cars. Let Chevy build their own True Raptor killer.

Sorry, The front of that Reaper looks like a turtle with down syndrome.

@FYI and woopud
My concern is the lack of information regarding the F-250 V6 diesel. Or the rumor that the Lion diesel is earmarked to go into the new F-150.

This is far more significant than some small after market manufacturer creating a pickup.

There are many after market companies that are releasing products daily for pickups/SUVs/4x4s, etc.

Maybe PUTC should have an aftermarket forum for guys who want to find out about new towballs/bodykits/suspensions, etc.

The only place i've seen mention of a V6 diesel for the F150 recently was at TTAC. I'll wait for a bigger name site to make reference of it before I believe it.

John it depends on what GM trucks you are talking about. The 2011 up 2500's can fit 37's with a 6" lift and have either a 32 or 33 stock when you get the 20" wheels. If you are talking 1/2 ton then yes you need a 6" for 35's. But to be fair a 6" lift is recommended for for pretty much all 1/2 tons to clear 35's properly. The wheel well design does limit a little but not as much as most think. Tire size is deceptive however since you can fit 35's on a 3/4 without much lift if you keep the stock wheels or stock offset. Its when you start getting the deep dish wheel designs that require the additional lift for clearance.

I give Lingenfelter credit for trying something new but the Reaper would have looked so much better if they would have simply kept the front end stock and just painted all the chrome body color. I'm sure it's a very capable truck but what they done to the hood and grill just looks bad... and I'm not using bad in a good way lol.

Are Raptor owners going to start playing Blue Oyster Cult songs when ever they see a Chevy? LOL

I don't understand the excitement about the diesels? Diesel fuel costs 20-30 cents more per gallon than gasoline, diesels are hard to start in extreme cold climates and finding a gas station with diesel pumps are few and far between. I say a much better alternative is CNG or LPG, in a CNG system you can run a refuel system off the natural gas pipeline running to your house,,, plus CNG will give lower emissions and a much cleaner running engine and its easy to convert any gasoline engine to CNG. Look at forklifts they have been running LPG for 50 years! Now they have forklifts that run on CNG with an explosion proof tank where they simply make a connection hose off the natural gas pipe that heats the building that fills up and fuels the forklift. You can also run a "dual fuel" system that runs on gasoline or CNG with a flip of a switch.

So, stations that offer diesel are few and far between but you are recommending CNG. I like the idea of using clean burning fuels like CNG and considered converting, especially since it's about half the cost of diesel. But the kit for my truck is around $10,000. An equivalent tank which takes up about a third of my bed is another $4500. The compressor to refuel at my house is another $4500. Show me a kit where I can pay for it within a few years and I will be switching.

Isn't CNG hard on an engine? I like the idea of CNG but I hear engines running it don't last as long. And is diesel really that hard to find? Maybe it's just where I live, but just about every gas station has a diesel pump. I do agree that diesel engines are overrated. Not as reliable as people think, and maintenance costs are more than people realize. I know some people that won't buy a dmax (used) because they are worried they might someday have to replace the injectors, which are very expensive. I've been talking to a lot of mostly farmer friends, telling them about the new ecodiesel. A lot of people still have no idea that it is coming. And I'm surprised that nobody I've talked to seems to be real interested in it. Most farmers I know aren't really excited about having to deal with a diesel in a half-ton truck, even if it does get great mileage. Probably because they have experienced so many headaches dealing with diesel engines in their 3/4 ton trucks, tractors, etc. They can be more reliable..........once you get them started. I think the perceived reliability will actually be negative for the ecodiesel from most people that have a lot of experience with diesel engines.

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