The press days for the 2022 Chicago Auto Show occurred on February 10th and 11th, and were followed by a public show that ran through February 21st of 2022.
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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 114th 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.
The Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA) is the nation's oldest and largest metropolitan dealer organization. The CATA has produced the Chicago Auto Show since 1935.
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 show's official website.
Press Conference Schedule
2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale / Tonale Plug-In Hybrid
Alfa Romeo is launching a new premium compact crossover - the Tonale. The Tonale will be the first Alfa Romeo offered with a plug-in-hybrid powertrain. It will also come with a non-hybrid 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four.
Alfa Romeo says the Tonale will be the first vehicle to come with a NFT digital certificate, which will record vehicle data throughout the car’s life cycle and act as a certificate that the Tonale has been correctly maintained and serviced.
The Tonale goes on sale in the first quarter of 2023, with order books opening late this year and pricing information still to come.
2023 Kia Sportage Plug-In Hybrid
The 2023 Kia Sportage lineup has expanded once again with the reveal of the plug-in hybrid variant. It features an estimated 32 miles of electric range, but that's not all. It also gets standard all-wheel drive and is the most powerful Sportage option.
The Sportage PHEV gets a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder rated at 177 horsepower, plus a 66.9-kw electric motor. These are the same specs as the powertrain in the larger Sorento PHEV, so we suspect the combined output is the same: 261 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's a little more than 30 horsepower over the regular Sportage hybrid.
The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. This is the only configuration available for the PHEV. Electric range is estimated to be 32 miles from the 13.8-kWh battery pack. Kia also estimates that a full charge can be obtained in two hours on a Level 2 charger. Full EPA fuel-economy numbers haven't been announced yet.
The Sportage PHEV is also only available in X-Line trims (regular X-Line and X-Line Prestige), which come with more off-road oriented body work, satin chrome accents and gloss-black alloy wheels. The hybrid SUV goes on sale in the third quarter of 2022. Pricing has not yet been announced, but we would expect it to be the most expensive version of the Sportage.
2023 Chevrolet Blazer
Chevrolet has unveiled the refreshed 2023 Blazer, which receives slightly updated styling, a big 10-inch infotainment screen, new colors, and new wheels. The refreshed Blazer will go on sale during the summer of 2022. GM has not yet revealed what impact these updates will have on the price of the vehicle.
From the outside, the updates are very subtle and the overall shape remains unchanged. There are, however, tweaks to some of the details that make a difference. The brightwork in the grille, for instance, still underlines the DRLs but now splits down to the reshaped lower light. Around back, the taillight design has also changed, with Chevrolet opting for an intersecting pattern instead of the chevrons the Blazer had previously. Along with those changes, Chevrolet is adding some new wheels to the mix in 18-, 20-, and 21-inch sizes. Customers will also be able to get their Blazer in Fountain Blue, Sterling Gray Metallic, Copper Bronze Metallic, and Radiant Red Tintcoat exterior colors, all for an extra charge.
Under the hood, the 2023 Chevrolet Blazer is offered with two engine options. Customers can opt for a 2.0-liter inline-four that makes 228 hp (231 PS/170 kW) and is paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission or a 3.6-liter V6 that makes 308 hp (312 PS/230 kW) and is paired to the same transmission.
Chevrolet is also making the Blazer’s driver assistance features available through more of the range. Adaptive Cruise Control will now be available for the 2LT and 3LT models, while the Chevy Safety Assist package comes standard. It offers automatic emergency braking, a following distance indicator, forward collision alert, front pedestrian braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warnings, and automatic high beams.
Inside, the RS model also gets a new color: Nightshift Blue (which sounds like it would make a pretty good rockabilly song). More importantly, all models now come with a 10-inch center touchscreen to help with all your infotainment needs. Wireless charging for smartphones is now available on all models (standard on the RS and Premier models, available as an option on the lower 2LT and 3LT models) and 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot is also available now.
New Trim / Minor Change
2023 Cadillac Escalade-V
Cadillac has released performance trim for the large Escalade SUV - the Escalade V. The Escalade V gets a revised front bumper, quad-tip exhaust, lots of black trim, and a faux-rear diffuser. Power is expected to come from a detuned version of the supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 found in the CT5-V Blackwing sedan.
2022 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited High Tide / Beach Editions
Jeep is releasing two new Wrangler trims - Hide Tide and Beach Editions. The High Tide builds on the Sport S trim and comes equipped with the Xtreme Recon Package which adds a 1.5 inch (38 mm) suspension lift and 17-inch beadlock-capable wheels wrapped in 35-inch BF Goodrich T/A KO2 tires. Other highlights include extended fender flares, a 4.56 rear axle ratio, and a reinforced hinge-gate. The Wrangler Hide Tide also sports LED lighting units, rock rails, and a Gorilla Glass windshield. Buyers will also find a body-color hardtop with a Sunrider Fliptop. Rounding out the highlights are High Tide hood decals and sand/slush mats.
The Wrangler Jeep Beach model starts as a High Tide and adds unique 'Beach' hood decals. Production will be limited to 500 units and pricing starts at $49,240 when the special edition goes up for order in March of 2022.
Technologies / Announcements
Ram Revolution Electric Pickup Announcement
Stellantis used the 2022 Chicago Auto Show to announce a unique strategy for bringing an electrified pickup truck to market - by equipping future Ram EVs with a range extender to ease range anxiety.
A range extender is a combustion engine that serves only to recharge the truck's battery (which would technically make the future Ram truck a Plug-In Hybrid). No current electrified pickup trucks have implemented this type of setup, though Ford has patented a bed-mounted range extender for the electric F-150 Lightning.
This strategy may be a good way to attract buyers interested in electric trucks who plan on using them to tow, as it significantly affects efficiency and range. Recent towing tests showed the Rivian R1T's indicated range dropping from 270 to just 103 miles when towing a modest load (only half of the truck's 11,000-pound max).
Hyundai Safety Test and Investigation Lab
Hyundai chose to focus on safety rather than rolling out a new car or concept at the Chicago Auto Show. During its conference, the automaker announced plans to launch a new Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory in Michigan, alongside its current technical center. This new $50 million facility will help Hyundai quickly address problems reported on current vehicles while also helping develop future safety technologies.
Automakers have been releasing advanced driver assistance systems at a rapid pace, but new technologies come can have teething problems, or lead to an increase in consumer frustration. The new research center - nicknamed STIL - “will enable Hyundai to analyze field data, understand the root cause of issues and quickly take action to ensure vehicle safety.”
The new facility was developed in collaboration with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in response to a 2020 Consent Order. Hyundai is spending about twice as much as the required $26 million investment to create a comprehensive center that will also boast a field crash investigation lab and test track.
The facility is expected to be up and running by autumn 2023.