The press days for the 2020 Chicago Auto Show occurred on February 6th and 7th, followed by a public show ending February 17th of 2020.
A webinar recording covering the Chicago show is available at recordedwebinars.autoknowledge.com
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.
- Following its debut in South Korea, Genesis is using the 2020 Chicago auto show to introduce the GV80 in the United States.
- 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.
- Several styling cues and color choices made their way to the GV80 from the Mint Concept that debuted at the 2019 New York auto show.
- 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 300 hp 2.5L turbocharged I-4 and a 370+ hp 3.5L twin-turbo V-6.
- Rear-wheel drive is standard, but models equipped with the optional all-wheel-drive system get a Multi-Terrain Control that allows the driver to tailor the traction and stability control systems for sand, mud, and snow.
- The US-spec GV80 has a 14.5-inch split-screen infotainment system, an augmented reality navigation system, 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.
- The 14.5-inch touchscreen is mounted at the very top of the dashboard and the touchpad controller is located in front of the rotary electronic shift control on the floor console.
Click here to read a synopsis of what the media has to say about the GV80.
- The Cadillac Escalade has been redesigned for 2021 with new looks, a new engine option, and new technology including a refreshed Supercruise system and Augmented Reality navigation.
- The Escalade shares a platform with GM's other redesigned SUV's - the Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet Tahoe, and GMC Yukon.
- Like the others, the Escalade replaces the old live rear axle with a new independent rear suspension setup.
- Exterior changes are evolutionary, but they bring along styling cues seen on the CT4 and CT5 sedans - mainly seen in the headlamp and running light shapes up front.
- The side profile features crisp lines, brushed metal accents, and 22-inch wheels as standard on all trims.
- At the rear, there are stylized vertical taillamps similar to other recently redesigned Cadillac models.
- Two engine choices are available: GM's familiar 420 hp 6.2L V-8 or a new 277 hp 3.0L turbodiesel I-6 that offers as much torque as the 6.2L.
- Both engines are mated to the same 10-speed automatic transmission that is used on the Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon.
- The 2021 Cadillac Escalade will feature the first curved OLED display in the industry.
- The display is actually comprised of three screens that span from the far left of the dash to nearly in front of the passenger representing a huge 38-inch diagonal span.
- The 2021 Escalade will also debut with the latest version of Cadillac's Super Cruise - its first big update since it was originally launched on the 2018 CT6 sedan.
- The biggest change to this version of Super Cruise is a new feature called 'Lane Change on Demand' - when Super Cruise is engaged, the driver can tap the turn stalk, and the car will execute a hands-free lane change if it’s safe to do so.
- Though auto lane-change functionality exists from the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, and BMW, Cadillac's version allows the car to complete the task with the driver’s hands completely off the steering wheel (as long as the driver monitor can tell the driver is paying attention).
- Other technologies include Augmented Reality Navigation, 360 Surround Vision, a Trailer Integration Package (with nine camera views and a blind-spot monitoring function for hitching and hauling), and Night Vision.
- In-car entertainment features include a new Rear Entertainment Package with a pair of 12.6-inch screens, an in-cabin microphone system that pipes sound from the front seats to the third row for easy discussion, and an optional 36-speaker sound system created by AKG.
- The interior layout and materials liken themselves to the rest of the Cadillac range, but the massive display is the most noticeable feature.
- A 7.2-inch touch screen driver information center sits to the left of the steering wheel, behind the wheel is a 14.2-inch digital instrument cluster, and to the right of that is a 16.9-inch main infotainment screen.
- Cadillac's electronic shifter has been added - a first for the Escalade, and also a feature that further distinguishes it from its platform-mates.
- The new independent rear suspension chassis allows for an increase in interior space, including a 40% (or 10.4 inch) bump in 3rd-row legroom and a 68% increase in cargo room.
Click here to read a synopsis of what the media has to say about the Escalade.
Chevrolet Suburban / Tahoe
- Like the Escalade, the 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe have both been revealed with new independent rear suspension setups, revised styling inside and out, and more tech than ever before.
- Pricing isn’t available yet, but the 2021 models 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, followed by a sporty RST trim, the offroad ready Z71, then luxury-focused Premier and High Country trims (the High Country trim is new for the Suburban).
- The new Suburban is 1.3 inches longer overall and has a 4.1-inch longer wheelbase while the Tahoe sees 6.7-inches added to its overall length with a 4.9-inch longer wheelbase.
- The 5.3L V-8 is still the standard engine and it makes 355 hp and 383 lb-ft of torque.
- The 6.2L V-8 is available as an upgrade and it continues to make 420 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque.
- 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 three-quarters of an inch, and it can lift for off-road situations.
- Chevrolet integrated its next-gen electrical architecture in the new Suburban and Tahoe, which means they can support OTA updates.
- Standard driver assistance features include forward collision alert, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and auto high-beams.
- Other systems are optional or saved for higher trim levels - features like lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
- 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 instrument cluster.
- Options include a 15-inch heads-up display and a rear-seat entertainment package that adds 12.6-inch touchscreens to the back of the 1st-row headrests.
- The cabin in the Suburban and Tahoe sees large improvements in the materials used throughout, as well as more modern controls, including neat climate control knobs with integrated lighting rings.
- 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.
Click here to read a synopsis of what the media has to say about the Suburban and Tahoe.
GMC Yukon / Yukon XL
- GMC's large family hauler is getting a complete redesign for the 2021 model year.
- Major changes include a new off-road centric AT4 model, an upscale interior exclusive to its luxurious Denali model, an available air suspension, and a new turbodiesel engine option.
- 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.
- 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 transmission and a choice of rear- and four-wheel drive.
- 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 gets an updated suite of standard safety equipment including forward-collision alert, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, and automatic high-beams.
- Optional equipment includes lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
- 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 upmarket stance means the luxurious Denali trims have an exclusive interior with a wider dashboard housing the infotainment screen, new HVAC vent shapes, contrast-stitched leather details, and higher-grade dash materials.
- 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 AT4 interior is also adorned in black leather with tan accents and "AT4" embroidery in the seatbacks.
- GMC also added some new features across various trims, including a center console that can slide 10 inches forward or rearward, 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.
Click here to read a synopsis of what the media has to say about the Yukon and Yukon XL.
- The Chrysler Pacifica is refreshed for 2021 and offers AWD for the first time - making it the only other AWD minivan besides the Toyota Sienna.
- FCA also announced that the AWD system can be ordered on the non-updated MY20 Pacifica for a limited three-month span.
- A new range-topping Pinnacle trim adds more luxurious details, distinctive badging, and more storage options.
- The front fascia has been refreshed with a less rounded look and a larger grille.
- All trim levels gain LED headlamps and the rear now features a full-width LED taillamp design.
- 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 AWD system can send all the power to the rear wheels or the wheel(s) with the most traction, and it can completely disengage when it is not needed for better fuel economy.
- 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.
- Uconnect 5 also offers home screen personalization, Amazon Alexa, and access to 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.
- While the Pacifica already had Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, the refreshed model allows drivers to use them wirelessly.
- Up to a dozen USB-A and USB-C power ports can be optioned, along with a 4G-LTE WiFi hotspot.
- Surprisingly, the addition of AWD does not interfere with the Stow 'N Go seats so the Pacifica can be optioned with both concurrently.
- 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.
Click here to read a synopsis of what the media has to say about the Pacifica.
- The Volkswagen Atlas has been refreshed with styling elements brought over from the Atlas Cross Sport.
- The grille, headlamps, and taillamps have all been tweaked to match the Cross Sport as a part of the refresh.
- The lower front bumper has a unique design that is toned down compared to the Atlas Cross Sport.
- The new bumpers add 3 inches of length to the Atlas.
- Engines include a 235 hp 2.0L turbocharged I-4 and a 276 hp 3.6L V-6.
- All Atlas models will use an 8-speed automatic transmission, and buyers of higher trim levels can choose from front- or all-wheel drive.
- Inside, there's a standard 8-inch infotainment display (except on the base S trim).
- All trims see a redesigned multi-function steering wheel.
- Options include a digital gauge cluster, updated stereo, three-zone climate control, ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats.
- All models get a driver assistance technology suite that includes Forward Collision Warning, Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Monitoring, Blind Spot Monitor, and Rear Traffic Alert.
- Available upgrades include Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go, a Lane-Keeping System, Park Distance Control, Park Steering Assistant, Overhead View Camera, Traffic Jam Assist, and Dynamic Road Sign Display.
Click here to read a synopsis of what the media has to say about the Atlas.
"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