2016 Chicago Auto Show: That's a Wrap

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Beyond the big debuts at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, which included the 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro, the 2017 Ram Power Wagon and the 2017 Nissan Armada, there were plenty of interesting sights and sounds. Here are some of the highlights:

 

Chevrolet Midnight Edition

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Interestingly, Chevrolet decided to bring an entire family of similarly dressed pickups to McCormick Place, with the Silverado 2500, 1500 and Colorado Midnight Editions. As one of the few truckmakers offering small, medium and large pickups, Chevy's blacked-out Midnight Edition is resonating with buyers, making it one of the automakers most popular sellers. Chevy is likely to extend the Midnight Edition with its Z71 suspension, black aluminum wheels, mud-terrain tires and accented interior to its full-size SUV lineup.

 

Honda Ridgeline Parts

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With the 2017 Ridgeline set to go on sale in just a few months, Honda is offering more aftermarket parts for buyers who might want to customize their new midsize pickup. We saw this display near the Honda booth and it looks to be a good start. The Ridgeline on the show floor had a full roof rack, bed extender, fender flares and mud flaps, unique wheels, floor mats and side steps; we have the say it looked pretty good.

 

Jeeps Climbing Steel

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One of the nicest things about the Chicago show is that there's more space for automaker displays, so a few of them provide on- and off-road courses. Toyota allowed attendees to get behind the wheel of a RAV4, while Jeep, once again, gave loyalists a chance to cross logs, climb steep metal mountains and navigate a short section of a rutted trail. Additionally, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles offered short drives in several vehicles to give potential buyers a chance to squeal the tires off the line of a mock drag strip.

 

Nissan XD Platinum Reserve

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Nissan made big news at the show by releasing the first details about the all-new light-duty Nissan Titan set to debut later this year; unfortunately, all Nissan had to show the media and showgoers were a few photos. Thankfully though, several 2016 Titan XD pickups were on the floor for us to poke around. We especially liked the bright-yellow PRO-4X and top-of-the-line Platinum Reserve hooked up to a 21-foot twin-engine sport-fishing freshwater boat.

 

The Few, the Proud, the Ford F-150

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We found a base-level 2015 Ford F-150 XL Super Crew in the back of the U.S. Marines display sporting silhouette graphics of jet-engine, diesel-engine and prop vehicles. No doubt the paint and graphics are meant to get people to stop by and talk trucks.

 

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Worker

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The big news for Mercedes-Benz was the introduction of its most economically priced Sprinter full-size commercial van, the Worker. With many standard safety and convenience features, this will be the least expensive diesel player in the field at just less than $33,500 (including destination) and will offer more cargo space in its base configuration than the competition. Clearly, Mercedes is feeling the pressure from segment leader Ford Transit and Ram's growing ProMaster work van choices.

 

The 2017 Nissan Armada

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With the addition of the all-new platforms for the Nissan Titan and Titan XD, many wondered if that meant Nissan's full-size SUV, the Armada (which shared its platform with the previous Titan), would disappear. Instead, Nissan redid the Armada with better underpinnings and a refined design, much of which is shared with the global Nissan Patrol SUV. We can't wait to see which automotive media outlet does the first Nissan Armada versus Toyota Land Cruiser contest.

 

Cars.com 2016 Chicago Auto Show Content

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Since Cars.com and PickupTrucks.com are headquartered in Chicago, we had a full team of auto experts walking the floor, digging for news and shooting videos. Some of our Cars.com favorites were the new 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 1LE Performance Package, the Kia Niro Hybrid and the 2017 Nissan Armada. For a recap of the first day of our 2016 Chicago Auto Show coverage, click here, and click here for full auto show coverage.

The 2016 Chicago Auto Show runs through Sunday at Chicago's McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults, $7 for people age 62 or older and children ages 7 to 12, free for children 6 or younger accompanied by an adult. For more info, go to www.chicagoautoshow.com.

Cars.com photos by Angela Conners and Mark Williams

 

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Comments

kind of boring show. I would like to see more details on the upcoming new super duty. The new titan is such a disappointment to me and I've almost lost all interest. Seems like ram should have a new truck coming sometime too. Seems there hasn't been any big news from ram in quite a long time. Will be interesting to hear about the new diesel in the f150 and the new Ford/GM 10 speed. As well as details on the upcoming ford ranger and bronco. Would love to hear more about some of this stuff.

Would also like to know what the new raptor MSRP is going to be. $100,000?

@ beebe MSRP @ $167,980

I think it's an insult for Ford to outfit the cheapest model F-150 they make to outfit it for the Marines

Was Fiat there?


Garbage Ecodiesel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XzdYl5iCYQ

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I guess just like the ecoboost the ecodiesel has this sludge crap...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=riGK2luyzE8

Gargage truck to go with it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4KyUl9OQaU

Ram attracts this kind of driver... Loser

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Smm1yvSl07Y

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Bye Bye Toyota Tacoma TRD. The ZR2 Colorado is soon to be here.

http://www.autoguide.com/auto-news/2016/02/chevy-colorado-zr2-caught-in-spy-photos.html

The marine graphics on the new F-150 are really sharp looking. We wrap trucks like that at www.SlicksGraphics.com if anyone ever wants to dress there vehicle up.



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