Toyota will use this month's Chicago Auto Show to introduce a long-promised larger three-row crossover to its U.S. lineup, while Volkswagen and Subaru will rely on the Windy City's massive McCormick Place to showcase updates to strong-selling crossovers on opposite ends of the size spectrum.
The Chicago show is in its 115th year, and with Detroit's move to the fall, now occupies the lead-off position among major metropolitan auto shows on the calendar. After consolidating into a smaller portion of McCormick Place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago show has added floor space and will now occupy two halls of the south side convention center, including a large EV test track that's new this year. The EV ride joins several existing experiential ride displays inside the convention center.
"Chicago has been a show for facelifts and special editions for a number of years. Its impact for reveals has been pretty bare for a while. Three reveals is actually a pretty good number for that show," said Stephanie Brinley, associate director of AutoIntelligence with S&P Global Mobility. "It's a huge space and it's a big market, and its consumer numbers for attendance continues to stay strong."
Here's what's expected to be at the Chicago Auto Show, which opens to the public Saturday, Feb. 11 after the media preview.
Jeep: The unveiling of a special edition Wrangler, but details were unavailable as of press time.