Auto Show Season is in Full Swing
Auto show season has officially shifted into hear gear with the LA Auto Show opening its doors to the public this weekend and the Chicago Auto Show less than three months away! It’s an exciting time for not only car lovers, but families alike, as auto shows have so much to experience. At the 2020 Chicago Auto Show (Feb. 8-17), for example, there will be nearly 1,000 cars, trucks and SUVs on display; ample opportunities for attendees to jump behind the wheel with a variety of indoor test tracks and outdoor ride-and-drives; demonstrations of the most innovative technology; interactive exhibits featuring virtual reality simulators; family-friendly activities; special appearances from celebrities and sports icons; and even special themed days.
When it comes down to it, however, the cars are really the stars. While auto manufacturers are planning special new debuts for the Chicago Auto Show in February, show-goers will also be able to get a first glimpse of the latest and greatest vehicles that were just unveiled in advance of and during the LA Auto Show. The following attractions are sure to appeal to the masses.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E: People are on the fence whether or not the Mustang moniker should be attributed to the vehicle but, beyond the name, this all-electric SUV is anticipated to be one of the hottest attractions at the Chicago Auto Show. The 2021 Mustang Mach-E has a 300-mile range while achieving Mustang’s performance targeting 0-60 mph in the mid-3-second range with an estimated 459 hp. The Mach-E offers sophisticated technology with a 15.5-inch screen and simple interface, allowing passengers easy access to features with touch, swipe and pinch controls that resemble a smartphone.
2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette: While this sports car actually debuted last summer, the LA Auto Show marks its first major public appearance. The C8 is Chevy’s first-ever mid-engine Corvette with significant changes including a new engine configuration, powertrain changes, styling differences and a brand-new interior. The C8 is powered by a new 6.2-liter V8 (the LT2) putting out 495 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Another major change (from the C7) is the addition of an eight-speed dual-clutch; the seven-speed manual option has been eliminated. The C8 will no doubt be a magnet for Chicago Auto Show goers come February.
2020 Land Rover Defender: Similar to the Chevy C8 Corvette, the Defender is an iconic vehicle that has been rebuilt and reintroduced to the market. Known for its off-road capability, Land Rover claims the Defender is its strongest and most capable vehicle ever made. Highlights include all-wheel-drive, two-speed transfer case, large tires and Electronic Active Differential (which provides more traction on corners and more grip off-road).
2021 Lexus LC 500 Convertible: Some might recall the 2019 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series that debuted at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show (the vehicle was showcased in a flare yellow). Now, Lexus has taken the wraps off a painted “structural blue” color convertible featuring a white-and-blue interior. This color combination will also be limited to 100 units as a special-edition Inspiration Series. Under the hood, the new LC 500 convertible has a 5.0-liter V8 putting out 471 hp and 398 lb.-ft. of torque. The convertible also features a 10-speed automatic and rear-wheel drive.
Subaru’s Nature Oasis: While Subaru does spotlight its new 2020 Outback, the vehicles aren’t necessarily the primary focus of its new auto show display. Honoring the automaker’s long-standing partnership with the National Park Foundation, Subaru’s inviting exhibit will enable Chicago Auto Show attendees to experience Yosemite, Denali, Arches and Yellowstone national parks inside the show. Show-goers will be immersed in a 360-degree, floor-to-ceiling nature experience – being able to utilize all five senses. In addition to the serene environment, Subaru has announced plans to expand its pet adoption initiative at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, hosting the adoptions all 10 days of the public show. This is part of the brand’s Subaru Loves Pets initiative where the automaker will partner with local animal shelters with the focus of ultimately getting animals out of shelters and into loving forever homes, according to the brand. Subaru’s exhibit will no doubt be a key destination for fans this February.
Tickets for the 2020 Chicago Auto Show are now on sale at ChicagoAutoShow.com
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