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Roundup: Chicago Auto Show 2016

by • February 15, 2016 • No Comments

Now open to the public and well underway, the 2016 Chicago Auto Show features a few electrifying debuts, a few things only for fun, and all things in between. On the other hand the press reveals for the 2016 show were slow this year, the longest running auto show in the US is always worth a appear.

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Chicago hosts the biggest car show in the United States, with every year being an illustration of only how sizeable the industry has become. Here are a few highlights of the latest and greatest of the Windy City.

The 2017 Nissan Armada was one of the few vehicles to debut in Chicago. This big sport utility is the flagship for the manufacture’s SUV line and features a completely new exterior and interior along with an improved engine and drivetrain.

Speaking of SUVs, conversion experts at BraunAbility featured their latest, a Ford Explorer upgraded to an “MXV” version with full wheelchair access. The vehicle can be on the market later this year through BraunAbility’s 200-dealership network.

On the electric vehicle front, Kia came on sturdy with its electrification strategy, featuring not one, but three new hybrids. The Niro Hybrid drew the many attention at the Kia stand with a production version destined for showrooms in 2017. Kia claims its Hybrid Utility Vehicle (HUV) is tiny, versatile, and efficient.

Kia in addition showed two versions of the Optima sedan, both hybrids. An all-new Optima Hybrid that improved fuel efficiency over the last-generation hybrid by 10 percent and, in a initially for the brand, an Optima Plug-in Hybrid was debuted. In addition slated for 2017 production, the vehicle is capable of going up to 27 miles (43 km) on a single charge in all-electric mode and recharges in as little as three hours when fully drained.

Of course, pickup trucks are a staple at any US auto show, and Chicago was no various with Toyota unveiling a new Tacoma TRD Pro version. This carries the extreme offroad TRD Pro nameplate to the all-new Tacoma, that was completely re-done for the 2016 version year.

Not to be ignored, Nissan featured its Winter Warrior concepts. These are three track-clad crossovers created to ply the snowy tundra of Illinois and beyond. A Nissan Pathfinder, Murano, and Rogue are all being shown in Chicago during the show.

Ram Trucks featured a new create update for the always-popular Power Wagon offroad monster. This three-quarter ton pickup with dirt on its mind sees a few updates to its exterior, a few paint changes, and equipment upgrades. Ram Trucks in addition has a new Off-Road box for their heavy-duty pickup truck lineup to complement that Power Wagon feature.

Other vehicles being shown include the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV, alongside a few blacked-out track updates for the Camaro SS and sinister new Silverado options. Honda is in addition featuring their new Ridgeline pickup truck, that can enter showrooms in the U.S. later this year. Finally, Toyota is revealing off their RAV4 rally racer for the TRD team.

If you can’t manufacture it to the show in man, you can check out the live web cams.

  • The tires on the 2017 Power Wagon are Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac whose tread pattern is embossed on the seating inside the truck
  • Unique equipment includes this Warn 12,000-pound winch with 125-feet of line integrated into the Power Wagon's front bumper
  • Several of the 2017 Power Wagon's details are similar to those found on the Ram Rebel, but much of its equipment is unique to only this version
  • The Ram 2500 Heavy Duty 4x4 Crew Cab begins the Power Wagon build with unique graphics, detailing, and equipment adding in to become the truck whose name is synonymous with offroad

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