2018 Chicago Auto Show new car debuts
2019 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
Toyota is amping up the performance of its Tacoma TRD Pro
off-raod pickup with a set of 2.5-inch Fox internal bypass shocks that should help it compete better with the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
, while adding an class exclusive snorkel air intake that allows it to breath cleaner air when the dirt starts kicking up.
2019 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
The Tacoma TRD Pro also gets a set of Fox shocks, plus a lifted suspension, increased wheel travel and plenty of TRD Pro styling tweaks.
2019 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
The 4Runner TRD Pro features similar suspension tweaks to the pickups and takes advantage of its longer roof with a rugged roof rack.
Subaru 50th Anniversary lineup
Subaru of America is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a lineup of special edition cars that feature commemoratve badges and, unique Heritage Blue paint, satin trim and silver stitching and seatbelts. (No, we're not sure why they didn't go with gold.) It's only building 1,050 each of Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy and Outback, and a combined 1,050 of the high performance STI, WRX and BRZ models.
2019 Ford Transit Connect
Ford is updating its commercial-focused Transit Connect minivan with fresh styling, new technology that includes automatic emergency braking and its first diesel engine. The diesel is a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that Ford says will get at least 30 mpg. A new 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine will also be available, both motors match to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
2019 Volkswagen Arteon
Volkswagen is finally replacing the CC four-door "coupe" it launched a decade ago with an all-new model called the Arteon. Positioned as a premium performance model, the Arteon is powered by a 268 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and available with the latest driver assistance technology.
2018 Fiat 500 and 500 Abarth
Fiat is looking to rev up sales of its 500 minicar with an all-turbocharged lineup for 2018. (That is if you don't count the battery-powered 500e, which is only sold in Calfornia and Oregon.) Entry level gas burners will come with a 135 hp 1.4-liter four-cylinder, while the extra-sporty 500 Abarth gets a 160 hp version of the same.
2018 Hyundai Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid
Hyundai's new Sonata Hybrid sedan comes with a 42 mpg fuel economy rating, while the plug-in hybrid version can also travel 27 miles on electricity alone.
Lifted Nissan Titan and Titan XD
If your Titan or Titan XD pickup isn't XL enough for you, Nissan is now offering a dealer-installed lift kit from ICON Vehicle Dynamics that comes with adjustable shocks that can raise the truck up to 3-inches and doesn't void the warranty.