Though sometimes overshadowed by the larger, more extravagant New York, Detroit and Los Angeles exhibitions, the Chicago show is one that has been notorious for bringing up a few surprises here and there. And this year, it does not disappoint.
Toyota, Nissan, Chevy and Kia- just to name a few- have all shown up with relatively new and exciting examples of engineering.
While yes, the BMW 3-Series GT may not be the prettiest of all the luxury hatches it is quite the eye-catcher when it hit the showroom floor. That lumpy, strangely angled aft provides a bit more space than the standard 3-Series, and with some M performance added to the mix, it does make it a bit more tolerable.
Coming off last year’s refreshing releasing of the Dodge Challenger Rallye Redline, the Chrysler crew went back to the drawing board with a new set of lines, and much more power in the form of the R/T.
Under the hood, the Redline bears the same 372-hp 5.7L HEMI V8 found in the standard R/T, paired to a six-speed manual or a five-speed auto.
Kia Cross GT Concept
Lately, Kia has been displaying its all-new angular design language, and this continued at Chicago. The Cross GT previews a premium crossover utility vehicle (CUV) slated above market from the Sorento.
Lest we forget, Toyota has a bit of a wild card up its sleeve with the Tundra pickup. Nearly forgotten amongst the Rams and Fords of the world, the Tundra was one of the best selling trucks in the country. Thanks to a bit of mostly cosmetic revisions, Toyota hopes it will stay that way.
Nissan GT-R Track Edition
Ditching the back seat in favor of a more race-driven setup, Nissan put on display its GT-R Track Edition, with 545-hp and the standard GT-R launch control. Yikes.