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PostHeaderIcon 2017 Chicago Auto Show – Best In Show

If you just read our recently published Worst In Show piece from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, then you’re probably thinking 1) we’re a bunch of trolls, and 2) CAS 2017 was a complete waste of time. And that’s simply not true, at least as far the second point is concerned. There were at least five really nice debuts that dropped in the Windy City this year, including a few SUV’s, a new sport compact, and a revamped muscle car. We even threw in a few special edition models because they were, you know, actually special.

In fact, looking over this list, it’s clear the 2017 Chicago Auto Show has a lot to offer. But we wanna know – what do you think were the best debuts at this year’s show? Did we get them all, or miss a few? Should a few of these entries go on the Worst In Show list instead? Tell us in the comments, and we’ll be happy to get into a big, public Internet fight with you.

Continue reading for the full story.


PostHeaderIcon 2017 Chicago Auto Show – Worst In Show

Look, I’m gonna be honest with you guys – this year’s Chicago Auto Show wasn’t exactly the most amazing car show of all time. Sure, there were a few new debuts and a couple interesting rides in attendance, but as a whole, it was pretty forgettable. Nothing really jumped out as terribly exciting or groundbreaking. Rather, most of what we got instead amounted to little more than filler. And that means lots of special edition models that aren’t all that special. And I don’t know about you, dear reader, but we here at TopSpeed are sick of it. Someone has to take a stand and tell the major automakers that repainted wheels and a new badge is not enough to justify a special edition. As such, we’ve rounded up the recent offenders in this Worst In Show list.

We’re not playing favorites here, and we’re not singling anyone out. Pretty much every major automaker out there is guilty of this whole un-special special edition problem, and the entries on this list are merely the latest examples to cross our radar.

So with that, join us as we make fun of the lamest of the lame from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition

Unveiled for the 2018 model year, the second-generation Chevrolet Traverse is as fresh as it gets in 2017. Built around the new C1XX platform, which is shared with the Cadillac XT5 and replaces the old GM Lambda underpinnings, the redesigned Traverse is actually a tad shorter than its predecessor but, at the same time, it’s slightly wider and has a longer wheelbase. The new, fresh design is backed by a roomier interior with state-of-the-art technology, while the 2.0-liter four-cylinder makes the entry-level version an attractive proposition to those concerned about fuel economy. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the Traverse gained its first-ever special edition, called the Redline Edition.

Part of a bigger effort that includes Redline Edition versions of the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Colorado, and Silverado, the limited-edition Traverse stands out by means of blacked-out exterior features. It’s also based on the range-topping Premium model, which means it comes with plenty of standard equipment. On the flipside, it’s also the most expensive model in the lineup.

The Redline Edition is based on a couple of concepts that Chevy unveiled at SEMA Show events in 2015 and 2016 and will go on sale by the end of 2017.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Traverse Redline Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Equinox Redline Edition

Chevrolet first introduced the mid-size Equinox crossover in 2004, rolling out a variety of additional trim levels and even a special Winter Olympic Games-themed model throughout the course of the first generation’s lifecycle. In 2009, the second-generation Equinox debuted at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine as standard and an available 3.0-liter V-6. Finally, the latest third generation was introduced on September 22nd of last year with three engine choices, forward collision warning, and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the infotainment system. At the moment, the Equinox is Chevy’s second best-selling model, which means it was shoe-in for the recent rash of Redline special editions introduced at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. Upgrades include just a few tweaks here and there for the styling, while the rest of the car’s mechanicals and interior remain unaltered.

The 2018 Equinox Redline Edition takes inspiration from the Redline product preview first shown in Las Vegas for the 2015 SEMA Show. All the upgrades can be found on the exterior, including in the nose, where a new grille with a diamond-pattern insert and black finish sits front and center. Moving to the sides, you’ll also find the black-out treatment added to the side-view mirror covers, while in the corners sit large 19-inch wheels, also with a black finish. The rear windows continue the theme with an inky black tint, while the various Chevy bowtie badges are also blacked out.

The Equinox Redline package is offered with the mid-grade LT trim level. Joining the model in Chicago are equal treatments for the Cruze, Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Traverse, Colorado, and Silverado.

Each of the new Redline models will be available by the end of the year, with the Equinox Redline Edition slated to hit dealerships by October.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Equinox Redline Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Trax Redline Edition

Chevrolet introduced the Trax subcompact crossover in 2012 at the Paris Auto Show, followed by a U.S. debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Essentially a Buick Encore with a few bowties scattered here and there, the latest model Trax got a facelift just last year, receiving new styling outside, new trim levels, and a 7.0-inch display screen for the interior. So far, the Trax has been selling quite well, moving some 400,000 units in worldwide markets since its global debut. To help bolster that success, Chevy has introduced the new Trax Redline Edition at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, adding the tall-bodied model to a lineup of no less than eight other Redline’d cars and trucks in a flurry of CAS special editions.

The first time we got a look at Chevy’s concept for the Redline special edition was at SEMA in 2015, and now, we have a huge variety of models to choose from when opting for something with the Redline look. Included in this latest release is the Cruze LT, Malibu LT, Camaro LT and SS, Equinox LT, Traverse Premier, Colorado LT, and Silverado Double Cab LT Z71 and Crew Cab LTZ Z71.

Meanwhile, the Trax is offered with the Redline package at the LT trim level. Upgrades include wheels in a black finish with a red dash on a potion of the outside rim, nameplates that are finished in black and outlined in red, a grille with a black finish, and a bowtie badge that’s finished in black as well.

Look for the Chevrolet Trax Redline Edition in dealerships this July.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Unveils New Livery, Battle Damage To Follow

If you like watching 600-horsepower rally cars going wheel to wheel on loose-surface racetracks with huge jumps and lots of contact, then odds are you’re excited for the upcoming 2017 season of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship. Carrying the momentum after a dominant performance in 2016 is the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team, which just revealed a duo of race-ready Beetles decked out in fresh racing liveries at the Chicago Auto Show. Once again taking the helm will be two-time title winner Tanner Foust, as well as defending champ Scott Speed.

“We’ve been working really hard to improve our cars over the off-season,” said Speed, “and I can’t wait to get to racing so we can defend our title again.” Speed managed to secure an impressive back-to-back championship win last year, and will once again pilot the No. 41 Beetle. No. 41 is covered in green, red, and white, and features prominent branding from sponsors Oberto All Natural Beef Jerky and Circle K, both of which appeared on the car previously, but now enjoy a more permanent spot on the Beetle’s body panels.

Meanwhile, former Top Gear USA co-host and Scott’s current teammate Tanner Foust will once again pilot the No. 34 Beetle, which is draped in long-time sponsor Rockstar Energy Drink’s black and yellow livery. Foust managed a record-breaking 25 consecutive Heat wins last year, as well as a second-place championship finish. This will be his 12th consecutive year with backing from Rockstar.

“It feels like the 2016 season ended a long time ago,” Foust said, “so I’m really eager to get back behind the wheel of this ferocious machine. Last year we had a lot of great results, and I’m confident that with all our hard off-season effort we can be up at the front of the field again in 2017.”

The 2017 season of the Red Bull Global Rallycross championship will feature 12 events taking place at venues across the U.S. Look for the season opener on April 29th in Memphis, Tennessee.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Murano Midnight Edition

This year’s Chicago Auto Show is shaping up to be a bonanza of special edition models, with every other debut being some sort of tweaked and tuned car, truck, or crossover. Nissan is no different, announcing that no less than five models will now enjoy the Midnight Edition special trimmings. Originally slated solely for the Maxima SR trim grade, the Midnight Edition package now makes its way to the Murano mid-size crossover, bearing visual updates like blacked-out wheels, trim pieces, and aero, as well as offering optional special edition floor mats.

In addition to the Murano, the Midnight Edition package can also be had with the Sentra, Altima, Rogue, and Pathfinder, not to mention the original Maxima as well. The move makes sense for a number of reasons – not only are blacked-out special editions particularly popular right now, but Nissan has divulged that the original Midnight Edition package was included in an impressive 85 percent of sales when it was originally just for the Maxima SR. As such, it makes sense to extend the styling tweaks to the models that make up the majority of Nissan’s U.S. sales.

For the Murano, the Midnight Edition package was made available for the Platinum trim level, the highest in the range. Like the other Midnight Edition models, the Murano Midnight Edition gets new wheels, a black spoiler, black side-view mirrors, and optional special edition floor mats.

The Murano’s exclusive wheels come with a 20-inch diameter and are made from aluminum alloy. The Murano’s roof rails were also painted black for the package, as are the splash guards behind the wheels. The unique floor mats get Midnight Edition badging and a dark coloring.

Speaking of hue, the Midnight Package was originally only offered with black for the exterior body panels, but now it can be added to models painted in Pearl White Cayenne Red, Gun Metallic, and Magnetic Black.

Interestingly, Nissan says adding the package will actually save a few bucks when compared to optioning in all the extras piece by piece. The package is on sale now and retails for $1,195, while the Murano Platinum trim level (sans-Midnight Edition) starts at $39,610.

Continue reading to learn more about the Nissan Murano Midnight Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger

Introduced in 2008, the fourth-generation Challenger is the first modern iteration of the nameplate and revived the iconic pony car after 25-year hiatus. Upgraded in 2015, the current Challenger is set to remain in production until 2019. After launching several new models and trims, including the SRT Hellcat and the all-wheel-drive GT, Dodge introduced the special-edition Mopar ’17 at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

Created to celebrate Mopar’s 80th Anniversary, the ’17 Challenger includes numerous Mopar performance parts and accessories, as well as an exclusive owner’s kit and a serialized badge. Limited to only 160 units, it joins an exclusive club as the eighth limited-edition, Mopar-modified vehicle delivered straight from the factory. The Mopar ’17 Challenger follows the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300, Mopar ’13 Dart, Mopar ’14 Challenger, Mopar ’15 Dodge Charger R/T, and Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel.

“Since its birth in 1937, Mopar has evolved from the name of an antifreeze product to a global customer-care brand,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service of FCA. “The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger, our latest limited-edition vehicle, is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing how Mopar assists owners in personalizing all FCA US vehicles.”

Set to arrive in select dealerships in early second quarter of 2017, the Mopar ’17 Challenger is arguably one of the most exciting products introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Cruze Redline Edition

Introduced for the 2016 model year, the second-generation Cruze represents a massive upgrade over the previous model. Sportier and more elegant on the outside, the new Cruze also boasts a roomier interior with better materials that give it a near-premium feel. The new D2XX platform, shared with the Chevy Volt and Equinox and the Opel Astra, as well as the turbocharged, 1.4-liter engine also deliver a more dynamic feel and enhanced fuel economy. Come 2017 and the Cruze receives the Redline Edition treatment at the Chicago Auto Show.

Launched alongside similar special-edition versions of the Malibu, Camaro, Trax, Equinox, Traverse, Colorado, and Silverado, the Cruze Redline Edition is essentially the production version of several almost production-ready concepts showcased throughout 2015 and 2016. The aim is to give potential Cruze customers a few customization options, a feat that’s pretty rare in the non-premium compact segment. On the other hand, the package isn’t available on all trims, which means you need a solid budget to take a Redline Edition home.

Chevrolet has yet to announce when the Cruze Redline Edition will hit dealerships, but said that all these models will become available for purchase by the end of 2017. Until then, let’s have a closer look at what this special-edition version brings to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Chevrolet Cruze Redline Edition.


PostHeaderIcon Toyota RAV4 Adventure

When it comes to compact sport utility vehicles, the Rav4 is definitely one of the standard bearers. But with so many Ravs out on the road, it might seem difficult to stand out from the crowd. Luckily, Toyota is offering a new specially upgraded Rav4 trim level called the Adventure. The Rav4 Adventure just debuted at the Chicago Auto Show alongside upgraded versions of the Sequoia full-size SUV and the Tundra full-size pickup truck, but unlike those other two models, the Rav4 Adventure doesn’t get speedy performance-themed bits and pieces from Toyota Racing Development. Rather, the Rav4 Adventure is focused on utility, practicality, good looks, and all-weather rugged capability. It’s aimed at “young families looking for fun in out-of-the-way places, ” which means biking, kayaking, snowshoeing – you know, all the usual active lifestyle stuff.

Visually speaking, the Toyota Rav4 Adventure is decked out with unique exterior styling enhancements. For example, the rear fenders are flared out, sitting high above unique 18-inch alloy wheels with a five-spoke design and a black finish.

Wrapping the wheels are tires sized at 235/55R18, while along the outer edges of the vehicle, you’ll find lower body protection pieces. Up front are dark headlight bezels, plus dark surrounds for the fog lights. A long matte-black stripe is found on the hood, while roof racks are standard. There are also the requisite Adventure special edition badges, just in case there was any doubt as to what you were driving.

The body panels of the Rav4 Adventure can be had in one of five individual exterior colors, such as Black, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, and Super White. There’s also a new addition to the color lineup called Ruby Flare Pearl.

Inside, you’ll find more unique features added exclusively for the Adventure model. These include exclusive trim panels, a leather-clad shift knob, a 120-volt/100-watt power outlet located in the rear cargo area, Adventure-badged door sill kick plates, and sturdy all-weather mats for the foot well and cargo area, also completed with the same Adventure badging.

Look for the Rav4 Adventure trim level to arrive in dealerships this coming September.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan's Midnight Edition Package Is Plain Silly and Shows Why Marketing Sucks

I’ll be honest here, Nissan is among my favorite car brands nowadays. The Japanese firm has a solid lineup, an attractive design language, reliable drivetrains, and offers great value for the buck in just about any segment. But this new Midnight Edition package introduced in the U.S. is a silly attempt to improve sales and proves once again that there’s a thin line between tasteful and ridiculous when it comes to marketing.

Needless to say, the Midnight Edition was a big success on the Maxima SR, accounting for 85 percent of sales, since its introduction in 2016. For this reason alone I can fully understand why Nissan is expanding the bundle to Sentra, Altima, Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder. However, a quick look at the Sentra Midnight Edition promo (hit “play”) shows why this package isn’t anything to get excited about.

Yup, black wheels, black mirror caps, a black rear bumper insert, and “Midnight Edition” floor mats and that’s it. Seriously now, does anyone care about the lettering on their floor mats?

I’m going to be fair here and mention that other models also get features like LED headlamps, remote engine start, roof rails, and illuminated kick plates (not all at once of course) and that pricing doesn’t exceed $1,195 in its most expensive configuration, but calling it an “Edition” is still too much. Special editions are supposed to be special, and a few black body parts don’t cut the mustard if you ask me. At least Chevy’s Redline bundle, also introduced at the Chicago Auto Show, has a few unique elements and not just body parts of different colors.

But hey, it seems that marketing departments work just like tabloids nowadays. All show and no go if you will, with “show” being the bad habit of calling every little option added an “Edition.” And I say “departments” because Nissan isn’t the only automaker in this.


PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition

Chevy is doing an all-out Redline Special Edition blitz at this year’s Chicago Auto Show, with no less than nine individual models receiving the extra Redline gloss treatment. Out of all of them, perhaps the most appropriate model to get Redline’d is the Camaro, although there are also several truck and crossover models getting their own Redline Special Editions as well. We first got a taste for the Redline enhancements a few years back at SEMA in Las Vegas, and now, the package is getting put into production. With that in mind, you should have a general idea what to expect – there are a few aesthetic enhancements and custom touches outside, plus a little bit inside as well, while the mechanicals and hard bits underneath the skin are all left as is.

The Redline, er, line utilizes a black and red color theme, seen prominently throughout the body panels. The package also and adds larger wheels, special badging, unique graphics, and new carpets.

Like the other Redline models on offer, the Redline Camaro gets 20-inch wheels with a black finish and red hash mark along a portion of the outer rim section. There are also black nameplates outlined in red on the body panels, while the front grille and Chevy bowtie badge are also blacked out.

The Chevrolet Camaro Redline Edition can be had for either the LT or SS trim level. In addition, you can get it in either the hardtop coupe two-door, or the convertible body style.

Chevy has yet to announce an exact on-sale date, but did say to expect the Camaro Redline to become available sometime this coming spring.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition

Chevrolet launched the ninth-generation Malibu in 2015, discontinuing the previous model after only five years on the market. Redesigned from the ground up and bolted onto a new platform (E2XX), the new Malibu also gained three new drivetrains, including a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter hybrid. In 2017, Chevrolet launched the Redline Edition, a limited-edition model based on the Malibu LT trim, at the Chicago Auto Show.

The first special-edition to provide some customization for the new Malibu, the Redline Edition isn’t actually new. The package was first showcased at the 2015 SEMA Show, where it was displayed as the Red Line Series concept. At last year’s edition of the same show, Chevy rolled out a similar concept, this time around called the Malibu Blue Line and fitted with blue accents instead of red.

The production Redline Edition follows in the footsteps of the Red Line Series concept, featuring similar enhancements on the outside. Although not all elements seen on the concept were retained for production, the blacked-out details and the red accents are still there.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.

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PostHeaderIcon Hyundai Brings i30 From Across The Pond, Calls It Elantra GT

Sure, crossovers are still the hot-ticket body style, but if you’re looking for practicality in a more car-like package, the tried-and-true compact hatchback formula isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Case in point – the hugely updated new Elantra from Hyundai. It’s called the Elantra GT, and it was just introduced for the 2018 model year at the Chicago Auto Show. Essentially an Americanized version of the i30 Euro hatch, the Elantra GT will be offered in two trim levels, including the base model, and the hot-to-trot GT Sport. Both get refined styling cues, tons of cabin space for people and things, and a solid lineup of tech features, while the faster GT Sport throws in bigger wheels, independent rear suspension, and 200 horses under the hood.

Outside, you’ll find a body that’s now longer and wider than before, and it sits closer to the ground. LEDs were used for the daytime running lights, while additional LEDs can be had for the high beams and low beams.

Moving inside, the Elantra GT offers nearly 25 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear bench, while up to five passengers get 96.5 cubic feet of passenger room. There’s a standard 8.0-inch display screen, plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. There’s also Amazon Alexa integration for remote start and heating features.

Options include dual-zone climate control, a wireless phone charger, leather upholstery, and alloy pedals. Safety and convenience tech incudes available adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, and lane keep assist.

Under the skin, Hyundai used additional high-strength steel, making the new Elantra GT 22 percent more rigid and 60 pounds lighter. There are two engine options, both four-cylinders, starting with a 2.0-liter producing 162 horsepower, or alternatively, a turbo 1.6-liter making 201 horsepower. It should also handle decently, given Hyundai developed the car’s suspension at the Nurburgring.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT will go on sale this summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date, but we expect it to slot in under the $20,000 mark.

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PostHeaderIcon Toyota RAV4 Gets New Adventure Trim in Chicago

Toyota has joined the ranks of automakers that introduced special-edition models at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. The Japanese brand joined the event with three models. The Tundra pickup truck and Sequoia SUV gained TRD Sport grades, while the smaller RAV4 showcased its new Adventure grade.

Described as a trim for “young families looking for fun in out-of-the-way places,” the Adventure adds many exclusive features inside and out. The crossover rides on 18-inch, five-spoke black alloy wheels and features lower body guards, black headlamp bezels, black foglamp surrounds, and black roof racks. A few “Adventure” badges also set this RAV4 apart from the standard model. The new grade can be had in one of five colors, including Black Magnetic, Gray Metallic, Silver Sky Metallic, Super White, and Ruby Flare Pearl.

The interior also received a lot of attention, now featuring unique interior trim panels, a leather-wrapped shift knob, a 120V/100W power outlet in the cargo area, and Adventure-branded door sills. a set of all-weather floor and cargo mats with “Adventure” logo round out the cabin.

Available in either front-wheel-drive guise with an Automatic Limited-Slip Differential or with Dynamic Torque Control AWD, the RAV4 Adventure features a standard Tow Prep Package that includes an upgraded radiator and supplemental engine oil and transmission fluid coolers, as well as a suspension system with a higher ride height. Much like all RAV4 models, the Adventure grade also comes standard with Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), and TSS-P.

Pricing information is not yet available, but Toyota says that the RAV4 Adventure will arrive in showrooms this September.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan's Rolling Out The Goods With Its New Midnight Edition Package

In a day and age where add-on packages and accessories have become commonplace in the auto industry, Nissan is doing its part to ensure that its customers are taken cared of in that regard. The Japanese automaker unveiled its Midnight Edition package last year on the Maxima sedan and after incessant public demand. In fact, 85 percent of Maxima SR sales come with the Midnight Edition package. Nissan is now expanding the availability of the package to six of its current models, including the Maxima.

Together with Nissan’s full-sized sedan, the Midnight Edition package is now available on the Altima, Murano, Pathfinder, Rogue, and Sentra.

Naturally, the specific changes vary depending on the model. The Sentra, for example, gets a set of 17-inch wheels as opposed to the Pathfinder, which finds itself on the receiving end of a bigger set of 20-inch wheels. But by and large, the blacked-out theme of the package remains consistent across all models.

Prices also vary depending on which model is getting the package, although for the most part, Nissan’s keeping the extra costs relatively affordable as the most expensive versions of the package. The ones for the Altima, Murano, and Pathfinder all cost $1,195. The expanded Midnight Edition package is making its debut at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show. And with the exception of the Rogue Midnight Edition, all other editions are already on sale. The package for the Rogue will be available beginning in March 2017.

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PostHeaderIcon Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago

Chevrolet is taking the 2017 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than the nine cars under the Redline special-edition badge. First shown in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Redline package found its way on nine cars, trucks, and crossovers.

The vehicles that benefit from the bundle and are on display in Chicago are the Cruze LT, Malibu LT, Camaro LT and SS, Trax LT, Equinox LT, Traverse Premier, Colorado LT, Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, and Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71. The Cruze LT Redline is available in both sedan and hatchback versions, while the Camaro LT/SS Redline can be had both coupe and convertible body styles.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

All Redline models are fitted with black wheels with distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles, and black Chevrolet “bowtie” logos. Customers can also opt for red tow hooks on Silverado and Colorado trucks and unique black hash marks above the front wheels on Camaro pony cars.

The Silverado Redline is already available for purchase, but you’ll have to wait a while longer for the rest of the lineup to become available. Chevrolet says that all Redline cars will be dealerships by the end of the 2017 calendar year. Pricing information is not yet available.

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PostHeaderIcon Volkswagen Atlas Weekend Edition

The Volkswagen Atlas made its public debut at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show as the company’s largest SUV to date. A three-row SUV with plenty of room for seven people, the Atlas rides on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which is shared with the slightly smaller Skoda Kodiaq. As the crossover is being prepared to arrive in dealerships in the Spring of 2017, Volkswagen unveils the Weekend Edition at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

Designed to demonstrate how the Atlas can be “enhanced with smart accessories,” the Weekend Edition is actually more of a concept car rather than a limited-edition model scheduled for production. Volkswagen says it is inspired by the “Weekender” packages offered on the classic Vanagon and Eurovan pop-up camper models and integrates several accessories that enhance the its versatility.

Simply put, Volkswagen is preparing the Atlas for a tough North American market disputed by offerings from Ford, General Motors, and FCA, by matching the vast customization options buyers can get for Detroit-made SUVs. We’ve seen a similar strategy at Chevrolet recently, with many almost production-ready concept sporting upcoming accessories and features.

Many of the accessories showcased on this conceptual Atlas will be available from Volkswagen dealers when the Atlas goes on sale in Spring 2017. Let’s see what the Germans are offering in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti Q50 3.0t Signature Edition

One of Infiniti’s newest nameplates, the Q50 was launched for the 2014 model year and it has already received a facelift for 2016. Changes included minor nips and tucks, a new adaptive steering, and a Red Sport 400 trim with more power and aggressive looks. Alongside the in-house made 3.0-liter V-6 and hybrid drivetrains, the Q50 also uses a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas unit and a 2.1-liter diesel engine, both borrowed from Mercedes-Benz. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, Infiniti introduced the Signature Edition, a limited-edition model based on the 3.0t trim.

The second model to get the Signature Edition package after the QX80 SUV, this new Q50 adds a few extra standard features, while its pricing was set below that of the model it is based on.

“Building on the Q50’s, award-winning performance and engineering excellence, we saw an opportunity to combine our sport sedan’s most popular features with even more distinguished style,” said Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “We are continuously looking for ways to empower the drive for our customers, and we did just that with the addition of the Q50 3.0t Signature Edition to the 2017 Q50 lineup.”

The Q50 3.0t Signature Edition went on sale in February 2017, joining a comprehensive lineup that includes four trims in various configurations.

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PostHeaderIcon Infiniti QX80 Signature Edition

The second-generation QX80 came to be in 2010, when it still had its original name, the QX56. The company’s largest crossover yet was renamed in 2013, when it also gained a significant facelift. Seven years old as of 2017, the QX80 is living its final years on the market, but Infiniti is putting a great deal of effort into keeping it relevant against the competition. At the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, the luxury brand launched a new special-edition model, called the Signature Edition.

Essentially a reheated soup – a Signature Edition version was also offered in 2016 – the limited-edition model aims to offer a blend of “popular equipment and unique design features.” While there aren’t many unique design features to talk about, the Signature Edition is indeed equipped with many tech features that are optional on most QX80 trims. The reasons why Infiniti brought it back are very simple. Not only the Signature Edition was a big success in 2016, it also helped the QX80 set an all-time U.S. sales record of more than 16,700 units last year.

“Infiniti’s Signature Editions signify something special for our customers and deliver on our promise to provide an unparalleled level of sophistication with exclusive new content,” said Randy Parker, vice president of Infiniti Americas. “This year, these unique models feature the most sought-after selections to enhance the driver’s experience for our ever-popular Q50 sport sedan and QX80 full-size luxury SUV.

Milking it for all it’s worth is the way to go in today’s industry and I can’t really blame Infiniti for doing this. Let’s see what this “new” Signature Edition is all about.

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