Subaru Legacy, Kia Soul EV and Chevy's Transit Connect fighter set to debut in Chicago
• Chevrolet City Express
• Chevrolet Silverado CNG
• Hyundai Veloster special edition
• Kia Soul EV
• Subaru Legacy sedan
• Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series
• Volvo S60, V60 performance versions
Subaru's redesigned Legacy sedan, Kia's Soul EV, Chevrolet's new Nissan-built small commercial van and two high-performance Volvos highlight the world debuts next week at the Chicago Auto Show.
Kia hopes to lure buyers from the Nissan Leaf sedan, the top-selling electric vehicle, with the larger Soul EV. Kia is targeting a 120-mile range on a single charge from teh vehicle's lithium ion battery pack. That would make the Soul EV's range nearly 50 miles greater than the Leaf's.
The 2015 Legacy, due this fall, will have a sleeker, sportier appearance.
The City Express, a version of Nissan's NV200 compact commercial van, gives Chevrolet a rival to the Ford Transit Connect aimed at small-business owners. The Transit Connect has owned the niche since establishing it in 2009. Last year, Ford sold a record 39,703 Transit Connects.
The City Express is one of at least eight production models scheduled to be introduced at the Chicago show.
Here's a look at the scheduled introductions.
Chevrolet's City Express small commercial van is due this fall.
The City Express, scheduled to arrive this fall, is a near copy of the Nissan NV200. It likely will be powered by a Nissan 2.0-liter four-cylinder combined with a CVT.
Pricing has not been announced, but the van, built in Mexico, is likely to be close in price to the Transit Connect, which starts at $22,995, including shipping. Chevrolet is also showing a Silverado pickup that can run on compressed natural gas as well as gasoline.
The Korean automaker will show a special edition of the Veloster sporty coupe.
The Soul EV will be the first EV Kia will offer outside Korea. The vehicle, powered by a 109-hp motor, can accelerate to 60 mph in about 11 seconds. Kia expects to launch the Soul EV this year. Kia also is expected to show a facelifted version of the Optima Hybrid sedan.
Nissan will show what it calls an engineering study for its Frontier pickup, as the company tries to stoke sales of the mid-sized truck. It also will show a new trim level of the popular Versa Note subcompact hatch, which was redesigned for 2014.
Subaru Legacy sedan teaser
The Legacy sedan will have a more coupelike profile with a faster windshield rake angle and narrower A-pillars that create a sportier look.
Toyota has taken notice of Ford's success with the off-road Raptor performance pickup. The Tundra TRD Pro Series looks to be competition for the Raptor.
VW is expected to show a race car that will compete in off-road rallies.
The Swedish automaker will introduce high-performance awd versions of the S60 sedan and V60 wagon using tweaks provided by Polestar Performance, the company's racing technology partner. The Polestar S60 and V60 are powered by Volvo's 3.0-liter inline-six turbo engine and paddle-shifted six-speed automatic. Horsepower is rated at 350 and 0 to 60 mph time is less than 5.0 seconds.
Lindsay Chappell contributed to this report.
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