2017 Chicago Auto Show: What to Expect

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We have to admit that after the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the Chicago Auto Show is probably our favorite. Sure, Cars.com is based in Chicago, but beyond that convenience, this show is more spread out, less crowded on media days and in recent years has been the place manufacturers debut special editions.

And according to Automotive News, that will once again be the case as several pickup truck makers show off some new models and packages.

From what we hear, Nissan will introduce the last of its cab configuration for the Titan and Titan XD in the form of the King Cab. Additionally, Toyota is expected to show a new TRD model for the full-size Tundra, which makes sense given how popular the TRD models are for the Tacoma lineup. Finally, we're also hearing Ram will debut some special editions that are meant to keep people interested in the Ram pickup lineup.

Whether we'll finally see a factory-ready Jeep pickup or if Ford will share any early looks at the coming Ranger pickup or Bronco SUV, we'll have to wait and see. We'll be sure to bring you everything we can find on the floor as soon as we can, since media days begin Thursday. Look for more auto show videos and stories coming your way this week and next.

The show runs Saturday through Feb. 20 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday-Feb. 19, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Admission is $13 for adults, $7 for seniors age 62 or older and $7 for children ages 7-12; kids ages 6 or younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at on-site booths during the show's public days or online at ChicagoAutoShow.com or here.

Cars.com photo by Mark Williams

 

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Comments

Automotive News states that Toyota will have a refreshed Tundra. Any news regarding what to expect for the Tundra?

It needs more than a refresh at this point. Over ten years with the same main drive train (5.7L V8 and 6sp Auto). Very outdated compared to the rest of the full size truck offerings.

That V8 was ahead of its time though.

Tundra can have the most sophisticated engine all they want but if it is the least fuel efficient and least powerful, it means nothing.

I hope they come out with a surprise at the show.

I guess there will be no news of a next generation Frontier?

Automotive News states that Toyota will have a refreshed Tundra. Any news regarding what to expect for the Tundra?

It needs more than a refresh at this point. Over ten years with the same main drive train (5.7L V8 and 6sp Auto). Very outdated compared to the rest of the full size truck offerings.
Posted by: Truckguy | Feb 7, 2017 1:04:01 PM

Auto News says it is a "freshened" Tundra. So not a full refresh. Just something freshening here or there.

Next Expedition looks like a tahoe/suburban clone with different grille, headlights and tail lights.

sweet expy

The new Expy is HOT!!

http://www.autonews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Site=CA&Date=20170207&Category=CHICAGO_AUTO_SHOW&ArtNo=207009999&Ref=PH&Params=Itemnr=2&Profile=1156

Posted by: redbloodedxy | Feb 7, 2017 2:38:39 PM

Wow, looks just like GM full size SUV. If you can sell your current design, build them like the leader, GM.

Can't sell current design

Would be nice if they did have a Jeep truck let alone a Ranger and Bronco....
just itching to see a ZR2 in person, I don't need a new truck but may not be able to wait 2 years for the Jeep and Fords to come out...

Wow, looks just like GM full size SUV. If you can sell your current design, build them like the leader, GM.


Posted by: GMSRGREAT | Feb 7, 2017 3:28:31 PM

Sorry, this one has a Turbo V6, something GM wishes they knew how to build, and possibly the 3.0L Diesel to boot.

Maybe they will debut the 2018 Blazer

Have to agree with 5-speed. Still nothing from Nissan on a new Frontier? It would be nice to have more offerings to replace my 2nd Gen Tacoma. The Turd Gen Tacoma, GM Twins (GM will never get my money since they tried to cover up the faulty ignition deaths) and the Ridgeline are not up to snuff.

Yeah looks just like a Suburban, except that it doesn't. Suburban looks like a hearse, this looks like a refined SUV. More reminiscent of the Explorer and Range Rover. Bring on the diesel!

Sorry, this one has a Turbo V6, something GM wishes they knew how to build
Posted by: Frank | Feb 7, 2017 4:01:22 PM

Why? So they can make as much money selling repair parts as Ford does? Ford is making a killing selling replacement timing chains, cam phasers, and turbos. $$$$

Not to mention Ford Service techs are making a ton of money fixing them. The Ecoboost has helped put a lot of kids through college lol.

Will the new Eco-boost Expedition also have fake V8 sound?

And I agree, the GM fullsize SUV does look like a hearse.

THE NEW EXPEDITION IS GONNA BE JUNK JUST LIKE THE f150,
ALSO MAKE FAKE V8 SOUNDS

Sorry, this one has a Turbo V6, something GM wishes they knew how to build, and possibly the 3.0L Diesel to boot.

Posted by: Frank
/QUOTE
Silly kid
GM had v6 turbo before you knew how to drive,,LOL

https://youtu.be/yafDdPTqtng

Regarding the Tundra: THQ is collecting dust, which I think is some foreshadowing...

WE ALL KNOW THAT GM WAS THE FIRST COMPANY TO PUT TURBOS IN A PRODUCTION CAR, BOY THOSE ENGINEERS AT GM ARE SMART. FORDS FOLLOWING AS USUAL.

Sounds like a dud auto show. Not much new to show. I don't think special edition paint and decals are anything to get excited about.

No Frontier diesel news?

Maybe Ford will release more info about the 3L diesel F150.

Will GM talk about half ton diesels?

" Finally, we're also hearing Ram will debut some special editions that are meant to keep people interested in the Ram pickup lineup."

Yup! TRX, MACHO Power Wagon.

Git r done!

The Tundra could be freshened with 8-speed transmissions (AA80- in lexus cars, and AB80- in the Landruiser w/ 5.7) and wide VVT/ direct injection like what's on the Tacoma. All that would still leave the Tundra at the heavy end of the segment, so city econ can only be helped so much.
Hopefully we'll see something of the JL/JT and what powertrain combinations will be available.
The Titan question mark is whether it will have clam-shell (like Ford) or front hinged Cab&1/2 doors. An 8ft box on the XD would be great, but isn't expected. They really need an HD version of the XD platform- the NV van goes up to 10k on the same chassis, but with 8-lug hubs/wheels.

17 Power Wagon, Jumping off road.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AxpvBT0Sug

Silly Ford and Chevy boys. MOPAR rules, Durango SRT Hemi,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NPWBn0x9zk

Tundra can have the most sophisticated engine all they want but if it is the least fuel efficient and least powerful, it means nothing.
I hope they come out with a surprise at the show.

Posted by: uh huh | Feb 7, 2017 2:05:36 PM

If you are going to talk fuel efficiency, go buy a Honda!

wont they debut the 2018 ram HD with facelift on them

As a truck owner I feel I am being held hostage by owning the same old all similar brands of truck that are all the same.
No truck out there excites me!
I only pick the brand of truck based on the local dealers reputation.

Their are two kinds of folks. Those that have Hemi's and those who want Hemi's

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=hemi+engine

Ouch Ford still aint close to being #1 in the world's largest automakers by sales but GM is! Looks like everyone worldwide knows to stay away from Ford trash.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/bertelschmitt/2017/01/30/its-official-volkswagen-worlds-largest-automaker-2016-or-maybe-toyota/#5f81ebe220ba

@PUTC: Isn't the TRD vehicle the Sequoia? If so, I suspect is just has TRD shocks, lettering, wheels and tires. Oh boy, that's something--Not!!!

Here's a new story on the refreshed 2018 Toyota Tundra spied in public.

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2017/02/2018-toyota-tundra-spied-sporting-a-facelift.html

I'd like to see an updated interior on the Tundra, maybe push button start, locking rear differential, and automatic 4 wheel drive.



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