What to Expect at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

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Not to toot our own horn, but our predictions about what to expect at the Detroit auto show turned out to be pretty accurate. Of course, the stars of the show were the new 2019 Ram 2500/3500 pickup trucks boasting a new Cummins motor with 1,000 pounds-feet of torque in the 3500.

Related: Ram 2500/3500 Video: Up Close With the Experts

With the 2019 Chicago Auto Show right around the corner, we're hearing rumors that it could be heavy with pickup truck news. At the very least, we should be able to get a closer look at GM's new heavy-duty pickups, which feature style changes and an upgraded powertrain lineup. We just got a closeup look at the all-new 2020 GMC Sierra 2500/3500, but we've seen only pictures of the 2020 Chevrolet Silverado 2500/3500. Chicago could be the perfect place for these HD pickups to make their public debut. Fingers crossed.

We're also hearing that Toyota could be doing something interesting at Chicago, which traditionally is a show where the automaker likes to make news — especially with the newest generation of the hot-selling TRD Pro lineup. This could be the perfect time to reveal a concept model of the coming half-ton Tundra, long overdue for a redesign, or to show a next-generation Tacoma.

Finally, with all the attention the new Ram HDs got in Detroit, it wouldn't surprise us at all if Ram unveiled another special edition in Chicago to try to steal a little bit of thunder from the other big truckmakers. But like we said, these are just rumors. We'll know more by the end of Feb. 7, which is when media days start for the Chicago Auto Show.

The 2019 Chicago Auto show will be open to the public Feb. 9 to 18 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 9 through Feb. 17 and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 18. Admission is $13 for adults, $7 for senior citizens 62 or older and children ages 7-12, and free for kids 6 or younger with a parent or guardian. For more information, go to the show's website.

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Hard to beat a small block GM V-8 and they are plentiful and inexpensive. I clicked on your Bill Elliot link neat car. I also enjoyed the old racing pictures from the 40's and 50's.

It's a bit ironic these shows are called "Auto Show" when the bulk of vehicle manufacturer profits come from pickups and suvs.

Gotta hope Chicago amounts to more than that dud of a show in Detroit. FYI, the Chicago Auto Show is owned by the Chicago Autotraders Assoc (i.e. Chicago stealerships) so be sure to pay your fees at the door while they charge advertising fees on your hood.

in those days Nascar was beginning to realize how important it was to have a minor league (or two). Otherwise where will your next generation of great racers come from?

I loved going to the third-mile and three-eights tracks because they had killer BBQ, laid-back attitudes and free parking. Gas was so cheap in those days that these minor league tracks would draw fans and racers from all around. Woodstock for the crackers. The late 80s and early 90s was a great vintage for the short tracks. ESPN had a show on cable called Thursday Night Thunder aka TNT.

Check the old re-runs of TNT and see the likes of Darryl Waltrip, Bill Elliott and Rusty Wallace mixing it with a very young Tony Stewart on quarter mile and third mile tracks. Earnhardt Junior was coming along in those days too I guess. Big fun.

@ Jeff s

The Cyclone was one of the best sleeper vehicles ever produced. It was introduced at a wrong time period......way, way, way ahead of it's time!

Your talking about a truck that could destroy any muscle car along with a super car made by Ferrari back in early 1990's is absolutely mind blowing.

I'll I know is if you had one and have kept it, you can make some huge bucks on them now-a-days.

I laugh because Ford offered that "Tremor" so called sport truck a few years back, and it wasn't a sport truck at all.

GM is the absolute innovator with the sport truck, and it upsets me, they aren't releasing a High Performance Silverado/Sierra. If they want to differentiate between the two. Offer a supercharged 5.3L to Chevy and a Supercharged 6.2L in the Sierra

Then put out a midsize with a supercharged or twin turbo 4.3L in a Colorado/Canyon

You will sell a ton of trucks doing this strategy.

I've had two Toyotas that have gone over 250,000 miles and would had more if not for write offs when someone else hit me.
My old 95 Taco is just breaking 250,000 and does not touch a drop of oil between 6,000 mile oil changes. My son has it now and it looks pretty ugly from shooting off icy roads and going through fences or into trees at least three times now. We've just pulled out dents that rub tires or doors. Biggest work done was front end steering and suspension work on worn out parts at 200,000. If he doesn't hit too many ditches it'll still be running great in another 10 years. You just can't kill it if you stay on the road and avoid accidents.

One unique pickup to add to the list was the Tacoma X-Runner.

I had one, added over 100 hp and modded the suspension to pull over 1g of lateral grip from factory .97.

Many good laps on Road America burying the speedo past 120, exiting the carousel over 100, hitting the kink at 110-115. It was also great beating a Ford Lightening on a 1/3 mile bowl nascar track. Big truck could do straight lines well but not take corners.

Runner X cool truck!
However best recorded Skid Pad numbers for stock vehicle were .87g and .90g, .97 is quite a leap, not saying it could not be done, but certainly not in stock form.

There is so much to say it's hard to put into words. Frank I've spent half my life with you and in the last two years you've been highly inappropriate with five different men. Now with the latest guy you've gone to the point of talking about "dates" at his house at some point in the future. So you've finally taken the step to move beyond hurtful, explicit "flirting" to actually planning to sleep with someone else.

Over time the small betrayals have let the love out of my heart like air gradually releasing from a balloon. Frank seeing that you're ready and willing to sleep with a man 20 years older than you and who you barely know, that's like a sledgehammer blow to the balloon.

And yet you will take no responsibility. Frank you say you're vaguely "unhappy" but don't know why. But you won't be honest with me. You want to have it both ways. I've asked you many times if you need to leave - would you find happiness on your own? And you say no. BTW - I'm keeping the pick-up!

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