2024 Chicago Auto Show: Highlights, New Launches, Reveals & Interesting Cars

The 2024 Chicago Auto Show concluded on 19 February 2024. Held from 10 – 19 February 2024, the 116th edition of the Chicago Auto Show remained the largest automotive expo in North America. 

It is also the oldest car show and has been taking place since 1901. This year’s Chicago Auto Show showcased an array of cutting-edge vehicles, innovative technology, and futuristic designs. 

From sleek sedans to rugged trucks, this year’s event had something for every automotive enthusiast. Here’s a quick look at the new launches, reveals, and interesting cars displayed at the 2024 CAS. 

2025 Kia K5

Kia made a bold statement at the Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 2025 Kia K5. In October 2023, Kia unveiled the 2025 model globally. However, at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show, Kia launched the sedan for the American market. 

Building upon the success of its predecessor, the new Kia K5 boasts sleek lines, a sporty stance, and advanced technology features. Under the bonnet, it features the 2.5-litre inline-4 petrol unit producing 191hp. With its premium interior and cutting-edge safety systems, the 2025 Kia K5 seems set to redefine the midsize sedan segment.

2025 Kia Carnival

For families on the go, the 2025 Kia Carnival stole the show with its combination of versatility, comfort, and style. The new Carnival was first revealed in October 2023 and now, the Korean brand has launched the MPV for the American market. 

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The 2025 Carnival is designed to accommodate the needs of modern families, offering ample seating, flexible cargo space, and a host of entertainment options to keep passengers entertained on long road trips. Kia also introduced a new 242hp hybrid powertrain for environment-conscious buyers. 

2025 Ford Explorer

Ford loyalists were in for a treat at the Chicago Auto Show with the debut of the 2025 Ford Explorer. With its rugged design and off-road capabilities, the Explorer is ready to tackle any terrain with confidence. 

With a significant redesign and equipped with advanced features including driver-assist technologies, the 2025 Explorer offers a seamless driving experience both on and off the beaten path. Engine options include a 2.3-litre inline-4 and a 3.0-litre V6.

Nissan Ariya Pole-To-Pole

In February 2023, two customised Nissan Ariya EVs started their Pole-to-Pole journey. Over the next 10 months, the two electric vehicles drove over 27,500 kilometres from the magnetic north pole to the south pole. One of the two Nissan Ariya cars was displayed at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show.

The exploration experts at Arctic Trucks worked their magic on the crossover SUV to give it the edge in the tough conditions it faced. Modifications include massive 39-inch snow tyres from BFGoodrich, a new suspension system, a coffee machine, and even a drone recovery system. 

Nissan Frontier Forsberg Edition

Nissan also impressed attendees at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show with the Frontier Forsberg Edition, a special variant of its popular midsize truck. Developed in collaboration with professional driver Chris Forsberg, this limited-edition Frontier combines rugged performance with custom styling cues inspired by Forsberg’s racing truck that won the NORRA 500. 

It is basically a dealer-installed kit that consists of tougher suspension, a cat-back exhaust system, massive Yokohama Geolandar tyres, and other off-road accessories. Safe to say, this kit turns the Nissan Frontier into an extreme off-road machine.

2025 Chevrolet Equinox

The 2024 Chicago Auto Show witnessed the debut of the 2025 Chevrolet Equinox. Boasting a sleek new design and updated technology features, the Equinox is poised to set a new standard for compact SUVs. 

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It features an 11.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and smart driver assistance technology. With its efficient engine options and available all-wheel drive, the 2025 Chevrolet Equinox offers a perfect blend of performance and versatility for drivers seeking adventure both in the city and beyond.

2025 BMW i5

BMW made a splash at the Chicago Auto Show with the unveiling of the 2025 i5, an all-electric sedan that combines luxury with sustainability. Featuring BMW’s signature design language and advanced electric drivetrain technology, the i5 offers a thrilling driving experience while emitting zero tailpipe emissions. 

With its spacious interior and cutting-edge infotainment system, the 2025 BMW i5 proves that electric vehicles can be both environmentally friendly and luxurious. Interested in performance figures? The i5 xDrive40 puts out 389hp and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 5.2 seconds.

2025 Cadillac Escalade iQ

In August 2023, Cadillac wowed the EV world by revealing the Escalade iQ — the electric version of the Escalade SUV. Although it is yet to go on sale, the Cadillac Escalade iQ was one of the main attractions at the 2024 Chicago Auto Show.

It offers spacious interior, state-of-the-art infotainment system, and advanced driver-assist technologies. With this, the Escalade iQ sets a new standard for luxury SUVs in the digital age. The SUV is set to go into production in mid-2024 and is expected to arrive in the UAE shortly after. At the Chicago Auto Show, Cadillac even announced a long-wheelbase Escalade iQL. 

Ford F-150 Lightning Switchgear

This is what happens when you combine the off-road capabilities of the Ford F-150 Raptor with the electric powertrain of the F-150 Lightning. Ford showcased its commitment to electrification with the unveiling of the F-150 Lightning Switchgear at the Chicago Auto Show. 

It retains innovative features such as the Mega Power Frunk and Intelligent Backup Power. In addition, it also gets off-road tyres, uprated suspension, and more. The F-150 Lightning Switchgear proves that electric trucks can be both powerful and practical for work and play.

In conclusion, the 2024 Chicago Auto Show was a showcase of innovation, performance, and style. From electric vehicles to rugged trucks, the future of mobility has never looked brighter. Automakers continue to invest in cutting-edge technology and sustainable solutions. As a result, drivers can expect even more exciting developments in the years to come.

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