By Karla Thornhill Coleman, Auto Show Global February 9, 2016 5:06 p.m.
Auto Show Global is Chi-town bound for the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, starting with press days, Feb. 11-12 and the public days from Feb. 13-21.
It’s the largest auto show in the country with more than a million square feet of show floor, two huge halls and more at the beautiful McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. There’s been some shuffling around of display space, promises and rumors of new vehicle debuts, some “already debuted in Detroit” stuff, and luxury brands that snubbed Detroit but will show up big in Chicago. So stay focused. Here we go with the ASG Chicago Auto Show Pre-show Rundown:
Show floor shakeup
According to the show coordinators, only three manufacturers — FCA, Toyota and Ford — have the same display location as last year. A new trend, which started in Detroit this year, the premium brands are now grouped close together — and let the competitive sparks fly. Look for luxury on the west side of South Hall, while the volume brands are located in the North Hall and all the test tracks will be side to side on the east end of South Hall.
“Exhibitors who weren’t already near competitors wanted to be closer to their competition,” said Dave Sloan, Chicago Auto Show general manager. “This gave us the opportunity to group our three extremely popular test tracks in one area and make it easier for our attendees to cross-shop vehicles.”
New 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S Alloy Editions
Promises and rumors — Chicago global debuts
There’s both promises and rumors of new cars and trucks to be seen for the first time in Chicago during the press days this year. Automotive News and motorauthority.com listed the following expected global debuts:
- Chevrolet Camaro 1LE
- Updated Ram heavy-duty pickup (not saying any more)
- Refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe crossover
- Ford Explorer crossover special edition
- All-new Nissan (not saying any more)
- New 2016 Chrysler 200S and 300S alloy editions
- Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup
- Refreshed Chevrolet Trax subcompact crossover
- Kia Niro hybrid crossover — production version
- Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based concept
Acura Precision Concept 2016
If you missed me in Detroit…
Several of our favorites from the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month will be making their Chicago debut at the show, including the Acura Precision Concept, 2017 Lincoln Continental, 2017 Lexus LC 500, 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, 2017 Cadillac XT5, Volvo S90, 2017 Mercedes-Benz SL and more.
Luxury that snubbed Detroit gives Chicago big love
Jaquar Land Rover, Rolls Royce and Bentley were all MIA at the Detroit Auto Show this year, but these luxury brands plan to show up strong for Chicago’s luxury buyers.
Jaguar Land Rover will showcase more than 10 vehicles at the show, including the brand’s two newest offerings which go on sale later this year – the new 2017 Jaguar XE compact sports sedan and the first-ever Jaguar SUV, the 2017 Jaguar F-PACE, revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
2017 Jaguar F-PACE, revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show
The recently redesigned XF mid-size luxury sedan, full-size Jaguar XJ and F-TYPE sports car will be there too. And along side the Jags will be the Land Rover brand with the new 2017 Range Rover Evoque Convertible on display, which had its worldwide debut at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show. Land Rover will also have the rest of its line-up: the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport and Land Rover LR4.
Bentley will have the 2017 Bentley Bentayga, as well as the Bentley Continental GTC and the Bentley Mulsanne on display and Rolls-Royce will show its Ghost Series II, Phantom Drophead Coupe and the Wraith. All this added luxury will certainly spice things up on the west end of South Hall.
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