2017 Chicago Auto Show Preview: Here’s What You Can Expect from General Motors
This year is the 109th anniversary of the Chicago Auto Show. Every winter, automakers from all around the globe gather in Chicago to display their newest and most innovative vehicle designs. In 2016, two of the most notable vehicles at the show were the Acura Precision Concept and the Buick Avista Concept; the latter of which earned a number of prestigious awards, including the EyesOn Design Excellence Award, as well as the Reader’s Choice Award for Best Future Concept from The Detroit News. Barring any surprise reveals, these five GM models figure to be the company’s top attractions at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.
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2018 GMC Terrain
The 2018 Terrain was unquestionably the star of GMC’s display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show. GMC began teasing the Terrain’s redesign earlier in the year and then gave automotive enthusiasts an up-close and personal look at the vehicle during its appearance in the Motor City. The new Terrain comes standard with 17-inch wheels, LED daytime running lamps, and bi-functional headlamps. General Motors will be releasing the 2018 Terrain in the United States this summer, but has yet to announce pricing information for the new model. The new Terrain will be offered with three distinct turbocharged engine options.
2018 Chevrolet Traverse
General Motors made it a priority to update its lineup of SUVs and crossovers this year. Having already introduced new versions of the Trax and Equinox, it was only a matter of time before the Traverse got a facelift too. Set to go on sale later this year, the 2018 Traverse features eye-catching chrome accents, LED signature lighting, and is available with D-Optic LED headlamps. In addition, customers will have the choice between two capable engines. The new RS trim will be offered with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor, while a larger 3.6-liter V6 engine will also be available. The new Traverse will be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds when equipped with the V6.
2018 Chevrolet Equinox
The 2018 Chevrolet Equinox features a more athletic and stylish appearance than the model it’s replacing. In fact, by using the same platform as the Chevy Cruze compact sedan, engineers were able to shave off more than 400 pounds from the vehicle. This weight reduction also meant that Chevy could offer the new Equinox with the choice of three turbocharged engine options, including a 1.6-liter turbo-diesel. The 2018 Equinox is currently the only compact SUV in the United States to be offered with a turbo diesel. The 2018 Equinox will carry a starting MSRP of $24,475.
Chevrolet unveiled its life-sized LEGO Batmobile at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show and this replica will also be making its way to Chicago. Standing 83-inches tall, the LEGO Batmobile is meant to resemble the Speedwagon featured in The LEGO Batman Movie. It took 344,187 LEGO bricks to create this car and it weighs a total of 1,695 pounds. It took more than 222 hours to design and then another 1,833 hours to build it. Construction of this replica took place at the LEGO® Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut. It was built by LEGO Master Builders.
Cadillac Escala Concept
With no new models to showcase right now, Cadillac made the surprising decision to bring the Escala Concept to Detroit and used it as a prominent piece of its vehicle display. It could be assumed that Cadillac will also bring the Escala Concept to Chicago too, especially when you consider the fact that Cadillac isn’t expected to debut a new product until 2018 at the earliest. Some of the highlights of the Cadillac Escala Concept include its three-dimensional grille design and eye-catching 22-inch wheels. In addition, the cabin features three curved OLED screens which relay information to the driver. Unfortunately, Cadillac has no plans of producing the Escala concept at this point.
- Austin BlankenbecklerContributor
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