The press days for the 2019 Chicago Auto Show were February 7th and 8th, followed by a public show that ran through February 18th of 2019.
A recorded version of our 2019 Chicago Auto Show webinar can be accessed at RecordedWebinars.AutoKnowledge.com
"First staged in 1901, the Chicago Auto Show is the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. This year marks the 110th edition of the Chicago Auto Show."
More details can be found at the official website for the show.
To view AutoKnowledge coverage from the show you may load the 2019 Chicago Auto Show saved workspace in our Vehicle Information Center.
2020 GMC Sierra HD
The heavy duty pickups from GMC and Chevrolet have both been redesigned. The GMC versions include heavy styling cues, and will use different front end treatments across several trim levels.
Denali has the requisite chrome-laden front grille while the AT4 has bits of dark exterior trim, an off-road suspension setup with Rancho shocks and a locking rear differential, and all-terrain tires. Options include the light-duty Sierra's MultiPro tailgate with a few different positions, a 15-inch head-up display, and a camera system that displays various views of the trailer.
2020 Subaru Legacy Sedan
Subaru is redesigning the Legacy sedan - the exterior is an evolutionary design, but the interior is highlighted by a large vertically-oriented touchscreen infotainment display. The new Legacy moves to Subaru's global platform, uses 13 percent more high-strength steel and more structural adhesives. The platform change lowered the center of gravity, improved body rigidity, and improves handling thanks to a new suspension setup with control arms out back. All-wheel drive with active torque vectoring comes standard on all 2020 Legacy models.
2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque
Land Rover has revealed the next-generation Evoque - the look is both evolutionary and futuristic, new tech has been added, and it marks the debut of JLA's Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA). PTS is a mixed-metal platform using various grades of steel, aluminum, and magnesium and it is inteded to underpin the next generation Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-Pace, and Land Rover Defender. This platform was designed with 48-volt mild- and plug-in hybrid powertrains in mind.
2020 Toyota Tacoma
Toyota revamped the Tacoma pickup to compete with the current crop of midsize trucks. The headlight and taillight designs are all-new, all trims receive new grilles, there are new wheel designs, and the TRD Pro model has all new suspension with red accents. Certain trims gain LED fog lights, DRLs, and headlights as well as one-touch keyless entry on the passenger's door in addition to the driver's. TRD Off-Road and TRD Pro models offer Bilstein shocks, a locking rear differential, hill start assist, crawl control, and multiple off-road modes as well as an optional system called Multi-Terrain Monitor which shows what's underneath the truck.
2019 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan - GLI
Volkswagen showed off a new GLI trim level that brings elements from the GTI hatchback to the Jetta Sedan. The GLI sits 0.6 inches lower than standard models, uses new front and rear bumper designs, and adds a black honeycomb grille, black roof, LED projector headlights, a new rear spoiler, unique exhaust tips, and special wheel and tire combinations. Contrasting red stitching is used throughout, 10-color ambient lighting is standard, and 35th Anniversary emblems adorn the side sills and floor mats. Uses the 2.0L turbocharged I-4 engine from the Golf GTI making 228 hp and 258 lb ft of torque, rides on multi-link rear suspension for improved handling, stops with brakes taken from the Golf R (red calipers and 13.4" vented front discs), and adds a Comfort drive mode thanks to the DCC adaptive damping system that migrates over from the GTI.
2020 Ford Super Duty
Ford has mildly refreshed the Super Duty and added a 7.3L V-8 gasoline engine to the mix while all engines will now be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
The biggest difference can be seen in the new grille and lighting designs - grilles on dual-rear-wheel models feature enlarged openings to improve cooling. LED headlights are standard and higher end models sport new daytime running lamp signatures. There are three new taillight designs and seven new wheel styles.
Base Super Duty models will use a carryover 6.2L SOHC V-8 that currently makes 385 hp and 430 lb-ft of torque. The bigger news is the addition of a 7.3L gasoline powered pushrod V-8 - it replaces the aging 6.8L Triton V-10 engine and power numbers have not been disclosed. The 6.7L Power Stroke turbodiesel V-8 returns with some upgrades intended to tweak horsepower, torque, payload, and towing numbers - again, Ford has not released official metrics yet. All models will use a new 10-speed TorqShift automatic transmission (essentially a heavy-duty incarnation of the architecture available in the Mustang and F-150).
Some interior trim parts and materials have been upgraded, with Limited models getting the biggest upgrade, including a new navy and parchment interior color combination.
Press Conference Schedule
This list provides a quick overview of what was released at the show and acts as a log of live image, press kit image, and OEM press release integration into our Vehicle Information Center:
|Vehicle Name||Level of Change||Image Status||Press Release Status||Trim Level Captured||Comment|
|Alfa Romeo 4C 20 Convertible||Trim||Integrated||N/A||Italia 1.7L turbo I-4 6-Spd DCT RWD||The 4C Spider gets a limited edition, the Italia. Only 15 of these special edition vehicles will be sold, selling for $5,000 more than the base price of a 4C Spider.|
|Cadillac XT5 19||Trim||Integrated||N/A||Sport 3.6L V-6 8-Spd AT AWD||A new Sport package alters the exterior to include a black grille, LED lights, and clear lenses on the rear lights, along with 20-inch dark grey wheels and side steps.|
|Chevrolet Corvette 19 Convertible||Trim||Integrated||N/A||Grand Sport Drivers Series Edition 6.2L V-8 8-Spd AT RWD||Drivers Series Editions of the Corvette Grand Sport are being released with special color combinations chosen by various Nascar drivers.|
|Chevrolet Silverado 20 HD Crew Cab||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||2500 LT 6.0L V-8 6-Spd AT 4x4 Standard Bed||The Chevrolet Silverado HD models have been fully redesigned with work-centric amenities like advanced towing technologies and an integrated Bedstep. Like the redesigned light duty Silverado 1500, the HD models gain an additional 3 inches of legroom on crew cab models along with a taller, more comfortable seating position. The new chassis features a fully boxed ladder frame made mostly of high strength steel, segment-exclusive independent control-arm front suspension, and a maximum tow rating of 35,500 pounds.|
|Chrysler Pacifica 19 Plug-In Hybrid||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||Limited S 35th Anniversary Edtion 3.6L V-6 1-Spd AT FWD||FCA is adding 35th Anniversary editions of the Chrysler Pacifica and Dodge Grand Caravan. The commemorative models will feature unique badging and extra standard equipment.|
|Dodge Challenger 19 Coupe||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||Sublime SRT 392 6.4L V-8 8-Spd AT RWD||Dodge is releasing Sublime green versions of the Charger and Challenger.|
|Dodge Charger 19 Sedan||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||Sublime SRT Hellcat 6.2L supercharged V-8 8-Spd AT RWD||Dodge is releasing Sublime green versions of the Charger and Challenger.|
|Ford F-150 19 SuperCrew||Trim||Integrated||N/A||F-150 Harley Davidson Edition 5.0L V-8 10-Spd AT 4x4 Standard Bed||Ford is launching a Harley Davidson edition of the F-150.|
|Ford Super Duty 20 Crew Cab||Refresh||Integrated||Integrated||F-350 King Ranch 6.7L turbodiesel V-8 10-Spd AT 4x4 Long Bed DRW||Ford is mildly refreshing the Super Duty and adding a 7.3L V-8 gasoline engine to the mix. All engines will now be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.|
|GMC Sierra 20 HD Crew Cab||Redesign||Integrated||N/A||2500 AT4 6.5L turbodiesel V-8 10-Spd AT 4x4 Standard Bed||The GMC Sierra HD has been redesigned for the 2020 model year - it is now longer and taller with more expressive styling. Like the redesigned light duty Silverado 1500, the HD models gain an additional 3 inches of legroom on crew cab models along with a taller, more comfortable seating position.|
|Kia Forte 20 Sedan||Trim||Integrated||N/A||GT-Line 2.0L I-4 2-Spd CVT FWD||The GT-Line trim for the Forte adds visual flair from the GT model but goes without the turbo motor.|
|Kia Sportage 20||Refresh||Integrated||Integrated||SX 2.0L turbo I-4 6-Spd AT AWD||Kia debuted a lightly refreshed version of the Sportage compact crossover at the Chicago auto show. The new Sportage will go on sale in the first half of 2019 as a 2020 model with tweaked exterior styling, additional feature content, and a new midrange S trim level.|
|Lamborghini Urus 19||Debut||Integrated||N/A||Urus 4.0L twin turbo V-8 8-Spd AT AWD||The Urus is the second SUV Lamborghini has ever produced - the first being the LM002 that ended production in 1993. The Urus is based on the Volkswagen Group's MLB platform, so it shares roots with the Audi Q7, Porsche Cayenne, Volkswagen Touareg, and Bentley Bentayga.|
|Land Rover Range Rover Evoque 20 5-Door||Redesign||Integrated||N/A||Evoque 2.0L turbo I-4 9-Spd AT AWD||Land Rover has revealed the next-generation Evoque - the look is both evolutionary and futuristic, new tech has been added, and it marks the debut of JLA's Premium Transverse Architecture (PTA).|
|Lexus LC 19 Coupe||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||LC 500 Inspiration Series 5.0L V-8 10-Spd AT RWD||The Inspiration Series appearance package edition is added, limited to 100 vehicles. An exclusive matching leather garment bag comese with each vehicle purchase.|
|Lexus NX 19||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||NX 300 F Sport Black Line Edition 2.0L turbo I-4 6-Spd AT AWD||Lexus is offering the NX with an F-Sport Black Line edition package for 2019, limited to 1,000 units. The main exterior changes are 19-inch chrome wheels and a faux carbon boydside graphic. This special edition will come in only three colors: black, silver, and white.|
|Mazda MX-5 Miata 19 Convertible||Trim||Integrated||N/A||30th Anniversary Edition 2.0L I-4 6-Spd MT RWD||30th Anniversary Edition Miata makes it's debut.|
|Nissan Pathfinder 19||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||SL Rock Creek Edition 3.5L V-6 2-Spd CVT 4x4||The Pathfinder receives a new Rock Creek Edition that can be had on the SV or SL trims and adds black finishes to the mesh grille, roof rails, door handles, mirror caps, license plate finisher, front and rear fascias, and wheel arches. "Rock Creek" badges are attached to the front doors. There is also a unique 18-inch wheel design with 255/60 R 18 all-season tires.|
|Nissan Rogue Sport 20||Redesign||Integrated||N/A||SL 2.0L I-4 2-Spd CVT AWD||Tentative - Nissan may debut a redesigned Frontier pickup truck.|
|Ram 1500 19 Crew Cab||Minor||Integrated||N/A||1500 Rebel 5.7L V-8 8-Spd AT 4x4 Standard Bed||Ram is adding a Multifunction Tailgate option to all 2019 Ram 1500 models. This option will be $995 and a center step can be tacked on separately for $295.|
|Ram 2500 19 Crew Cab||Trim||Integrated||N/A||2500 Big Horn w/Sport pkg 6.7L turbodiesel I-6 6-Spd AT 4x4 Standard Bed||A Sport trim package is announced for the 2019 model year, able to be added to the Big Horn, Lone Star, and Laramie trim levels.|
|Subaru Legacy 20 Sedan||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||Touring 2.4L turbo H-4 6-Spd CVT AWD||Subaru is redesigning the Legacy sedan. The exterior is an evolutionary design, but the interior is highlighted by a large vertically-oriented touchscreen infotainment display.|
|Toyota Land Cruiser 20||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||Heritage 5.7L V-8 8-Spd AT 4x4||A Heritage Edition of the Land Cruiser brings unique retro badging, blacked out accents and trim, special wheels, and interior upgrades.|
|Toyota RAV4 20||Trim||Integrated||N/A||TRD Off-Road 2.5L I-4 8-Spd AT AWD||Toyota is adding a TRD Off-Road edition to the RAV4 lineup.|
|Toyota Sequoia 20||Trim||Integrated||N/A||TRD Pro 5.7L V-8 6-Spd AT 4x4||For 2020 the Toyota Sequoia receives a TRD Pro trim level and new infotainment and active safety systems. The TRD Pro trim is differentiated visually by the black badging, TOYOTA-script grille, RIGID LED foglights, forged 18" BBS wheels, and 32" all-terrain tires.|
|Toyota Tacoma 20 Double Cab||Redesign||Integrated||Integrated||TRD Off-Road 3.5L V-6 6-Spd AT 4x4||Toyota is releasing a next generation Tacoma pickup to compete with the current crop of midsize trucks.|
|Volkswagen Jetta 19 Sedan||Trim||Integrated||Integrated||GLI 2.0L turbo I-4 7-Spd DCT FWD||VW is adding a sporty GLI trim to the Jetta.|