The world’s automakers gathered beneath the brilliant lights on the 2019 Chicago Auto Present on Thursday to point out off some off their newest and best new vehicles, vehicles, and SUVs.
Although there weren’t many main debuts, this yr’s present is notable in that almost the entire flashy new vehicles unwrapped in Chicago might be in sellers by the top of the yr. The redesigned 2020 Subaru Legacy touts a giant tech improve inside and the attract of extra underhood muscle, whereas a trio of pickup vehicles debuted with extra options and extra energy.
Crossover SUVs weren’t unnoticed by any means. Toyota’s RAV4 now is available in TRD Off-Highway guise and each Kia and Nissan made life-saving energetic security tech extra broadly accessible.
This is a have a look at what bought our consideration on the 2019 Chicago Auto Present:
2020 Subaru Legacy, 2019 Chicago Auto Present
The most important debut in Chicago was undoubtedly the brand new Subaru Legacy. The brand new mid-size sedan is filled with tech and security options, and it is supplied with a 260-hp turbocharged engine. Importantly, the Legacy additionally previews the next-generation Subaru Outback, which can nearly definitely share the sedan’s 11.6-inch touchscreen and its turbo engine.
The lingering query: When will we see a brand new Outback? Our magic eight ball says that the New York auto present in April is an efficient guess.
2020 Toyota Tacoma, 2019 Chicago Auto Present
The 2020 Tacoma is not a redesign, but it surely exhibits that Toyota pays consideration. Options corresponding to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, a passenger’s door sensor for the keyless ignition system, and a retuned suspension on the TRD Professional ought to tackle issues we had with final yr’s pickup truck.
The lingering query: With new competitors from Ford and Jeep, will the Tacoma maintain onto its place because the top-selling mid-size pickup?
2020 Nissn Rogue Sport, 2019 Chicago Auto Present
The second-smallest of Nissan’s crossover SUVs hasn’t gone rogue for the brand new yr. As a substitute, the automaker made energetic security take extra broadly accessible and tweaked its headlights and taillights. We might have appreciated to see extra energy underhood or perhaps an electrified choice, however we’ll by no means say “no” to efficient security options.
The lingering query: Did Nissan do something to make the Rogue Sport carry out higher in crash assessments? The 2019 mannequin earned a troubling four-star ranking from the NHTSA.
2020 Toytota RAV4 TRD Off-Highway, 2019 Chicago Auto Present
Toyota could have enjoyable with its fashionable new crossover SUV. The 2020 RAV4 TRD Off-Highway is not a severe mud-plugger, however the automaker needs its compact crossover to get in on the TRD division’s reputation. A Toyota consultant advised The Automotive Connection that TRD trims characterize about 40 p.c of its pickup truck and bigger SUV gross sales, so there’s actual potential for the RAV4.
The lingering query: Do the long-travel shocks and is derived make the RAV4 TRD Off-Highway higher to drive each on- and off-road?
2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD
With its 35,500-pound most trailer-towing ranking, the 2020 Chevy Silverado HD is tops amongst massive pickup vehicles. After all, that ranking applies to a single model of the brand new Silverado HD, however this boldly styled massive truck will definitely be a formidable lugger when it arrives in sellers this summer season.
The lingering query: How lengthy will Chevy maintain the towing crown?
2019 Volkswagen Jetta GLI, 2019 Chicago Auto Present
VW’s under-the-radar sports activities sedan is again and it is borrowing some GTI and Golf R go-fast and handle-great bits. It is extra highly effective than final yr’s mannequin and rides on a a lot stiffer platform, so our expectations are excessive. Search for a 6-speed handbook transmission and a 7-speed dual-clutch automated when the GLI goes on sale quickly.
The lingering query: Will the Jetta GLI as soon as once more be a Golf GTI with a trunk?
2020 Ford F-250 Tremendous Obligation, 2019 Chicago Auto Present
A brand new gasoline engine choice headlines the 2020 Ford F-Sequence Tremendous Obligation, however the truckmaker is not keen to speak towing but. Does it actually matter if it’s going to be rated as excessive as 35,501 kilos to high the Silverado HD? In all probability not—and it will not be with the brand new gasoline engine.
The lingering query: If diesel’s the selection for many heavy responsibility truck patrons, why trouble with a gasoline engine? Perhaps we’ll see it in one other Ford…
2020 Kia Sportage
Toned-down appears to be like and extra energetic security mark an early 2020 for the Kia Sportage. Kia added some worthwhile collision-avoidance tech to the Sportage’s choices record. We like the brand new, Stinger-inspired entrance finish and the accessible LED headlights. Excellent news: the Sportage’s sprightly turbo-Four engine choice sticks round.
The lingering query: Why did not Kia make the brand new energetic security tech normal gear?