Chicago Show Features Freshened Ford, Snow Friendly Nissan

A freshened version of Ford's Transit Connect small van, a wild one-off roadster/snowmobile and the U.S. debut of Volkswagen's new flagship sedan will headline the Chicago Auto Show.

The show is usually among the most popular with consumers, in part because of its ample 1.1 million square feet of floor space. Automakers such as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Toyota Motor Corp. have used the McCormick Place venue to install indoor test tracks to give consumers firsthand product experience.

The show is open to the public Feb. 10-19. Here's a look at debuts planned.


The automaker is expected to reveal a freshened Transit Connect. The van, used mainly for commercial duty, gets updated styling and technological improvements.

The Hyundai Sonata hybrid's styling will follow that of gasoline Sonata models.


Hyundai will show hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions of the freshened Sonata midsize sedan. The variants' styling will keep to the look of the gasoline-powered Sonata models unveiled last year with safety and technology updates.


Global debuts
  • Production Vehicles

  • Ford Transit Connect
  • Hyundai Sonata Hybrid/PHEV
  • Subaru 50th anniversary editions
  • Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro
  • Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro
  • Toyota Tundra TRD Pro
  • Concept vehicles

  • Nissan Armada Snow Patrol
  • Nissan 370Zki

Nissan will show two winter-themed concept vehicles. The Armada Snow Patrol is an arctic-inspired three-row SUV that highlights the off-road heritage of the Nissan Patrol, the SUV on which the Armada is based.

The Armada concept will be displayed towing the second concept: the 370Zki. Nissan exchanged the 2018 370Z roadster's front wheels for skis and its rear wheels for tracks to create its one-off snow roadster.


Subaru of America will show limited-run, 50th anniversary editions of its 2018 models that will feature a new, common color and a badge that reads "Subaru in America since 1968." The anniversary editions will be based on high trim levels. Subaru celebrates 50 years in the U.S. on Feb. 15.


Toyota will show updated versions of its off-road TRD Pro trim level on the Tacoma midsize and Tundra full-size pickups and on the 4Runner midsize SUV.

The trail-ready vehicles are lifted higher off the ground than their stablemates. They have heavy-duty shocks and suspension pieces, and use blacked-out exterior trim. They also get an exclusive color, which for the current model year is Cavalry Blue.


VW plans the North American introduction of the Arteon, a replacement for the discontinued CC at the top of its sedan lineup.

Unveiled at the Geneva auto show last March and on sale in Europe, the flagship sedan is built on VW's MQB architecture. It has a low, broad front fascia and fastback tail that give the Arteon a more muscular appearance than its predecessor.

Jack Walsworth contributed to this report.

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