The press days for the 2020 Chicago Auto Show occurred on February 6th and 7th, followed by a public show that runs through February 17th of 2020.
A webinar recording covering the Chicago show is now available at recordedwebinars.autoknowledge.com
This hub tracks vehicles we expect to see at the show and will be updated live as we integrate press kit content and our own images.
More detailed coverage for the show can be found by loading the 2020 Chicago Auto Show saved workspace in our Vehicle Information Center.
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"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 112th edition of the Chicago Auto Show. The Chicago Auto Show utilizes more than 1 million square feet in the North and South Exhibit Halls of the McCormick Place complex. McCormick Place offers a total of 2.7 million square feet of exhibit halls with an additional 700,000 square feet of meeting room availability."
"All Chicago Auto Show exhibits are held in the McCormick Place complex. Exhibitions include: multiple world and North American introductions; a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars and trucks; sport utility vehicles; and experimental or concept cars. In total, nearly 1,000 different vehicles will be on display. Additionally, attendees will also have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars."
More details can be found on the official website for the show.
Press Conference Schedule
Auto Show Highlights
The 2021 GV80 is the first SUV model from Hyundai's Genesis luxury brand - the GV80 is expected to go on sale in the U.S. later this summer. In Korea, it will be powered by a six-cylinder turbo-diesel engine, but the US will see a 2.5L turbo I-4 and a 3.5L twin-turbo V-6.
A collaborative effort between Genesis design in Korea, Europe, and the United States, the GV80 has rear-drive proportions with a generous dash-to-axle distance. The overall shape draws comparisons to the Bentley Bentayga, but the GV80 has unique "quad lamp" design elements that are carried from front to rear. Built on a new rear-drive architecture, the doors, hood, and tailgate are made out of weight-saving aluminum.
In the United States, two engines will be available - a 2.5L turbocharged I-4 making around 300 hp and a 3.5L twin-turbo V-6 making more than 370 hp. Models equipped with all-wheel drive get Multi-Terrain Control that allows the driver to tailor the traction and stability control systems for sand, mud, and snow. Most GV80 models will be all-wheel-drive, but Genesis may release a rear-wheel-drive version in the US.
The US-spec GV80 will have a 14.5-inch infotainment system with augmented reality navigation, advanced noise cancellation technology, and an air purification system. A touchpad controller with handwriting recognition technology lets you "spell" navigation information or "dial" phone numbers as well as control the infotainment system. There will be an assortment of standard driver assistance systems like Smart Cruise Control with Machine Learning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.
In front of the driver is a two-spoke steering wheel and a virtual gauge display. Ambient lighting, wood, and 10 airbags (including one between the front seats) are all standard. The GV80 will be offered with 2nd-row heated, ventilated, and power reclining seats as well as Remote Smart Park Assist. Up to three rows of seats are available in the GV80, and all are fitted with French-stitched quilted leather.
Chevrolet Suburban / Tahoe
The 2021 Chevy Suburban has been revealed with a new independent rear suspension setup, revised styling inside and out, and more tech than ever before. Pricing isn’t available yet, but the 2021 Suburban will be going on sale in mid-2020.
Similar to the Silverado strategy, the Suburban will have great variation in looks from trim to trim. The LS and LT are the two base trims. From there, Chevy is offering an RST, Z71, Premier and High Country. The High Country is new for Suburban, displacing the Premier as the top trim model of the 2020 truck. The new Suburban is 1.3 inches longer in overall length and has a 4.1-inch longer wheelbase.
The 5.3L V-8 is still the standard engine (making 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque) while the 6.2L V-8 is available as an upgrade - like before, this larger V-8 continues to make 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque - both V-8s feature GM's advanced Dynamic Fuel Management system. New for 2021 is a 3.0L Duramax turbodiesel V-6 which makes the same 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque as it does in the latest Silverado.
There are three suspension options - the standard setup has traditional coil springs and passive dampers, the mid-tier suspension uses coil springs and GM’s fourth-gen magnetic dampers (standard on Premier and High Country trims and optional on the Z71 trim), while the top-of-the-line suspension combines the magnetic dampers and a completely new air suspension system available on High Country and Z71 trims. The air suspension offers up to 4 inches of height adjustment depending on the situation - at highway speeds, it’ll lower 0.75 inches, and it can lift in off-road situations.
Chevrolet integrated its next-gen electrical architecture in the new Suburban, which means it can support OTA updates. The main infotainment system is a 10-inch touchscreen, and a 4.2-inch screen in the instrument cluster is standard on lower trims - The Premier and High Country trims swap this for an 8-inch digital screen in the instrument cluster. There is an optional 15-inch head-up display, a rear-seat entertainment package that adds 12.6-inch touchscreens to the back of the front headrests. The switch to an independent rear suspension is meant to provide better ride comfort and body control while adding interior space - this change plus a 5.3-inch-lower load floor mean huge gains in cargo space and third-row room. The Suburban gains 3.7 inches of third-row legroom, and gains 16.2 cubic feet of space behind the second row.
GMC Yukon / Yukon XL
GMC's large family hauler - the Yukon - is getting a complete redesign for the 2021 model year, including a new, off-road centric AT4 model, an upscale interior exclusive to its luxurious Denali model, an available air suspension, and, last but not least, a diesel engine. The off-road AT4 model gets an extra 2.0 inches of ground clearance with the adaptive suspension option, a two-speed transfer case, standard Goodyear all-terrain tires, an off-road mode for GMC's "Traction Select" drive mode system, hill descent control, and some extra underbody skid plates. Since GMC is a premium brand, even the AT4 gets some luxury appointments, such as a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated outboard second-row seats. The interior is also adorned in black leather with tan accents and "AT4" embroidery in the seatbacks.
The Yukon and Yukon XL are GMC's variants of Chevrolet's full-size SUVs, the Tahoe and Suburban - their fundamental body-on-frame architecture is also shared with GM's half-ton pickup trucks, and as are their powertrains. This means the Yukon is getting the 3.0L turbodiesel Duramax V-6 making 277 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque. GMC's standard engine is still the 5.3L V-8 that makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque. The 6.2L V-8 is also an option like before, producing 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque. All engines come with a 10-speed automatic and a choice of rear- and four-wheel drive. Both V-8 engines include GM's advanced Dynamic Fuel Management system. If the pricing structure follows that of GMC's pickups, upgrading from the base 5.3L V-8 to the Duramax will cost just as much as upgrading to the range-topping 6.2L gasoline V-8.
The new Yukon will also get an updated suite of standard and optional safety equipment. Standard equipment will include forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and automatic high-beams. Lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control will cost you extra. GMC will introduce an air-ride adaptive suspension with an off-road ground clearance mode as a late-availability option for several Yukon models, and this feature will be included on the Denali trim.
GMC's more upmarket pitch requires a different class of interior, and that holds especially true for the Denali model, which is the most luxurious variant GMC offers on all of its vehicles. For 2021, GMC says the Yukon and Yukon XL Denali trims will get an exclusive interior, which the company teased with a few photos. There's lots of contrast-stitched leather and what appear to be higher-grade dash materials. GMC also added some new features across various trims, including a trick center console that can slide 10 inches forward or rearward between the front seats, granting second-row passengers access to its storage. Sliding this console back for second-row access also reveals a hidden drawer between the front seats. The space on top of it conveniently holds a bag or other small cargo items.
The Chrysler Pacifica is refreshed for 2021 and now offers AWD, making it the only other AWD minivan besides the Toyota Sienna. Strangely, FCA announced that the AWD system can also be ordered on the non-updated MY20 Pacifica for a limited three-month span. A new range-topping Pinnacle trim will add more luxurious details, distinctive badging, and new storage options.
The front fascia has been refreshed with a less rounded look and a larger grille. All trim levels gain LED headlamps, while the rear taillamps are tweaked as well.
AWD will be optional on four trim levels: Touring, Touring L, Limited, and Pinnacle. The same two powertrains from the outgoing Pacifica carry over to MY21: a standard 3.6-liter V-6 and a hybrid version combining the 3.6L V-6 with a 16.0-kWh lithium-ion battery.
The Pacifica will arrive with Uconnect 5, FCA's latest version of their infotainment software. It comes with a new, larger 10.1-inch touchscreen that benefits from improved resolution and processing power. Up to a dozen USB-A and USB-C power ports can be optioned, along with a 4G-LTE WiFi hotspot. While the Pacifica already had Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, the refreshed model allows drivers to use it wirelessly.
Surprisingly, the addition of AWD does not interfere with the Stow 'N Go seats. The van can be optioned with both. A new optional FamCam interior camera system allows the front-row passengers to zoom in on kids in the back seats, even if they are in rear-facing child seats. The new Pinnacle trim includes a wider and longer storage bin and a pullout drawer that stretches to the rear-seat passengers. It also adds a unique black suede headliner, Berber carpet floormats, a distinctive interior color scheme and badging, and two quilted lumbar pillows for the rear seats.