By Craig Cole Feb 11, 2017
The Chicago Auto Show is normally a pretty quiet event and this year’s installment was no exception.
Catering to everyday consumers instead of high-end connoisseurs, the event is generally known for mass-market sedan reveals instead of flash-in-the-pan sports cars. Trucks are also frequent stars in the Windy City, which is something that was proven true this year.
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Sifting wheat from the chaff, we’ve separated the best from the rest to bring you the most significant reveals from Chicago. Without belaboring this point, here are our five favorite unveilings.
5. 2018 Toyota Tundra TRD Sport
First up is Toyota’s full-size pickup truck. At this point their Tundra has more than a few gray hairs on its head, aging gracefully in a fiercely competitive segment.
For 2018, the new TRD Sport model gains numerous appearance upgrades over regular models including 20-inch wheels and smoked-chrome exterior accents. Moreover, it also features rough-and-tumble Bilstein shock absorbers and specially tuned sway bars.
4. 2017 Nissan Titan King Cab
The Nissan Titan is an evolving story. The Japanese automaker has been slowly releasing information about this truck for at least two years. First they launched the severe-duty XD model, which is available with a Cummins diesel V8. Then came the XD gas model followed by the half-ton variant and yadda, yadda, yadda.
In Chicago, they unveiled the King Cab body style, which features a smaller back seat and doors. It’s available in either XD or half-ton configurations, which means it can be had with either a 5.6-liter gasoline V8 that’s rated at 390 horses or with that 5.0-liter diesel that puts out 555 lb-ft of torque.
3. 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
The Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback is probably the most significant small-car reveal from this year’s Chicago shindig. Based on the European i30 model, it’s offered as both a standard model and a sport version. The regular car will feature a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine with around 162 horsepower.
Sport variants are motivated by a 1.6-liter turbo with an estimated 201-pony stable. Perhaps the biggest feature of this vehicle is its roomy cabin, which offers around 97 cubic feet of passenger volume and a maximum of 55 cubes for cargo.
2. 2018 Ford Expedition
The all-new Ford Expedition took a bow in Chicago. This people-hauler has been totally overhauled for 2018. Riding on a high-strength steel frame and featuring an aluminum skin, engineering enhancements that helped it shed around 300 pounds. Beyond this, the third-row seat has been enlarged for greater comfort and the engine improved.
The only powerplant offered is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 that’s matched to a 10-speed automatic transmission. This combo should deliver around 375 horses and 470 lb-ft of torque. The new Expedition is set to go on sale this fall.
1. 2018 Dodge Durango SRT
Finally, the most exciting vehicle revealed in the Windy City this year was the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT. This full-size SUV features a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that delivers 475 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of toque.
An eight-speed automatic transmission makes the most of that oomph and gets the vehicle to 60 miles an hour in just 4.4 seconds, polishing off the quarter mile in less than 13. Functional scoops help keep this beast cool, allowing it to tow up to 8,600 pounds. Look for the high-performance utility vehicle at dealerships late in the year.