Top tech cars of a 2016 Chicago Auto Show


The Chicago Auto Show is where a automobile attention rolls out new vehicles that weren’t utterly prepared for January’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, or cars and SUVs that would have gotten mislaid in a sound of a bigger show. This year’s Chicago uncover was complicated on trucks and SUVs.

The 108th Chicago Auto Show is completing a media days and gift advantage events, afterwards runs 9 open days, by Sunday, Feb. 21, during McCormick Place. It is a nation’s largest automobile uncover totalled in arrangement space, some-more than 1 million block feet, or 7-8 Home Depots. The Detroit uncover envies Chicago’s good facility; Chicago envies Detroit’s new indication lineup. Journalists don’t like a continue in presumably place, though Chicago has some-more blues joints if we do get stranded until a airports re-open. Here are 5 vehicles of note from Chicago 2016.

2017 Nissan Armada

Nissan Armada range-tops Nissan’s SUV makeover

2017 Nissan ArmadaThe 2017 Nissan Armada is done some-more essential by $1.50 gasoline. It’s a biggest of Nissan’s SUVs, many of that have been re-engineered and restyled, quite a swoopy Nissan Murano. The second-generation Armada offers 3 rows of seats and a beefier 5.6-liter “Endurance” V8 engine and seven-speed involuntary with 390 hp and 401 lb-ft of torque, outrageous improvements over a effusive powerplant. Two- and four-wheel-drive versions are offered. It will be complicated on motorist assists: adaptive journey control, blind mark warning and intervention, line depart warning and prevention, forward-collision warning, and a approximate perspective (four cameras) guard with relocating intent detection.

Nissan skipped a 2016 Armada, and goes true from a 2015 Armada formed on a Nissan Titan pickup to a 2017 formed on a tellurian (just not US) Nissan Patrol, an SUV adored by UN peacekeeping army along with a Toyota Land Cruiser. Either way, Armada stays a apart frame-and-body construction, definition a) heavier and b) ruggeder in a eyes of enthusiasts. The other approach to position a Armada is this way: Infiniti QX80 reduction $20,000.

The Armada is large in each way: scarcely 210 inches long, only underneath 6,000 pounds of quell weight depending on features, and able towing boats and trailers adult to 8,500 pounds. Just not big in each way: It loses some interior space compared with a prior version. The Armada arrives during dealerships this summer; Nissan is anticipating to urge on final year’s 12,000 sales out of a marketplace shred (full-size, non-luxury SUVs) of 250,000, led by Chevrolet Tahoe (79,000) and Suburban (45,000). Last year, a QX80 outsold a Armada by roughly 50% in a oppulance SUV shred half as big.

2017 Santa Fe

Refreshed Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport supplement indispensable tech

2017 Santa Fe SportThe Hyundai Santa Fe (three rows, print above) and Santa Fe Sport (two rows, inset right) midsize SUVs get much-needed motorist support record to keep them rival with best sellers in a class, some of that miss what Hyundai is now adding: stop-and-go adaptive journey control, line depart warning, involuntary puncture braking with walking detection, and steerable headlamps with involuntary high beam. There’s even a third-row USB jack offering in a upscale Santa Fe trim line.

There’s a new chronicle of Hyundai Blue Link (telematics; it has zero to do with Bluetooth), as good as support for Android Auto phones (but not iPhones and Apple CarPlay). A hands-free, auto-open liftgate is offered: Stand tighten to a behind finish with a remote in your slot and a liftgate opens within 3 seconds; no under-the-bumper kicking suit as on Fords and BMWs.

Prices for a two-row Santa Fe competition operation from $26,000 to $39,000. Fuel economy is adult 1 mpg on a Santa Fe Sport. For a three-row Santa Fe, it ranges from $31,000 for front-drive to $42,000 for a AWD Santa Fe Limited Ultimate. This is a midlife modernise directed during improving Santa Fe’s share of a midsize SUV market, 120,000 sales final year out of 1.7 million sold, seventh among midsize two- and three-row vehicles. Hyundai’s marketplace brew is 70% cars, 30% SUVs during a time when SUVs and pickups are some-more than half a altogether market.

Hyundai Airbag Campaign

Hyundai also used a Chicago Auto Show week to pronounce out opposite tawdry automobile parts. They cut into Hyundai and play distinction margins. More importantly, some of a tools are officious dangerous. A mud inexpensive non-Hyundai stop rotor or stop pad competence wear out fast or presumably destroy (but peculiarity non-Hyundai-branded tools are sold, too); a feign reserve partial labeled as genuine Hyundai competence be officious dangerous, such as an airbag (counterfeit bag above left). It’s one thing shopping a knockoff duplicate of Windows 10 or a new Adele album, though another thing with a tawdry syringe (not sterile) or automobile airbag (dangerous).

Chevrolet Trax 2017 dash

2017 Chevrolet Trax gets a 13-month tech refresh

Chevrolet introduces a rested 2017 Trax – only 13 months afThe subcompact crossover Chevrolet Trax and a kin Buick Encore are dual examples of what a new GM is doing right. Only Subaru’s XV Crosstrek outsells them in a rising subcompact crossover marketplace that doubled in 2015 to 400,000-plus sales. Only 13 months in, a Trax gets a facelift to make a front finish demeanour some-more like a Chevrolet Bolt and Volt, as good as a cockpit upgrade, while gripping a same mechanicals underneath.

The core smoke-stack gets a 7-inch hold screen, a improved to uncover off Chevy’s simple-to-use MyLink infotainment system. It’s concordant with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The OnStar 4G LTE telematics complement can yield a Wi-Fi hotspot for adult to 7 devices, about as many as would pretty fit in a subcompact. While it was announced in Chicago, a facelifted Trax goes on sale in a fall.


2017 Kia Niro: initial dedicated Kia hybrid

2017 Niro KiaKia says it designed a 2017 Kia Niro to demeanour and expostulate like a unchanging car, in this box a compress crossover. Kia’s regulating a tenure hybrid application vehicle, maybe mimicking BMW’s sports activity vehicle nomenclature. It uses a same drivetrain as a Hyundai Ioniq (think Hyundai Prius). Kia is aiming during 50 mpg total mpg with an Atkinson cycle 1.4-liter approach injection four-cylinder engine, a 1.6-kWh lithium ion polymer battery, and an electric engine integrated with a transmission. Engine and engine mix to furnish 146 hp and 195 bruise feet of torque.

The core smoke-stack houses a 7-inch LCD, a UVO3 infotainment system, and harmony with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In terms of size, a Niro would be bigger than a Kia Sportage and smaller than a midsize Sorento. The Niro will be a pivotal actor in Kia’s devise to triple a immature automobile offerings by 2020.


BMW Alpina B7 xDrive: Think ‘comfortable M7’

BMW Alpina B7 wheelGiven a choice between a high-end prolongation automobile we can’t means and a a lower-volume automobile tweaked to be even some-more overwhelming (and unaffordable), a tweaked automobile is some-more fascinating. So it is with Alpina’s B7 alteration of a new 7 Series sedan. Alpina is a factory-approved tuner to a code and a mutated cars are sole by BMW dealers. B7 is Alpina’s take on a BMW 7 Series. Visually, they’re many mostly embellished an heated middle blue color, Alpina Blue Metallic, and a signature amalgamate wheels have 20 spokes.

The indicate of an Alpina automobile is to match, infrequently surpass, a energy of a BMW M car, with doing some-more excusable for daily driving. BMW’s 4.4-liter V8 engine is strengthened inside, afterwards a turbochargers are tweaked to furnish 20 pounds of boost (this on tip of a 10.0:1 application ratio) to furnish 600 hp, 590 pound-feet of torque: good for 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds and a tip speed of 193 mph. This is a tumble 2016 car. The cost is not nonetheless set, though it would assistance to have a $150,000 change in your checking comment and a line of credit.

BMW M760Li xDrive

Not to be outdone by a tuner, BMW also introduced a 2017 BMW M760i xDrive (above), a V12 automobile with M automobile opening components (engine, exhaust, aerodynamic package, badging). This is not a same as a formulating a BMW M7; it uses some though not all of a M2 and M4 kinds of tweaks. Like a Alpina B7, a too, a M760 will rise 600 hp, BMW says. The automobile will be accessible in 2017. No pricing was set.

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