CARS.COM — For this auto-show-season edition of “What to Expect,” we feel compelled to inform you that we’re not really sure, well … what to expect. Automakers have been largely mum about any new models debuting at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show, though that doesn’t mean they won’t.
The run-up to the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit last month was uncharacteristically quiet, too, but what followed was a reasonably exciting show with an abundance of new models to see. The Windy City exhibition doesn’t really make its name on flashy debuts but, instead, its sheer size — 1 million square feet of show floor, said to be the most in the game — and consumer friendliness.
Whereas the Detroit show is far more industry-focused, the Chicago show trains its sights squarely on car shoppers. According to Chicago Auto Show-attendee surveys, 70 percent of visitors come to shop, while 65 percent plan to buy a new vehicle within the next year.
Although we’re only officially aware of a handful of planned debuts, organizers say they expect 20 vehicle introductions. Whether that estimate holds remains to be seen, but in addition to following along with Cars.com’s comprehensive new-model coverage live from the exhibit floor during the media preview Feb. 9-10, you can see for yourself when the show opens to the public Feb. 11 through Feb. 20 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. King Drive.
Show hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 11-19, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 20. Admission is $13 for adults, $7 for seniors age 62 or older and $7 for children ages 7-12; kids ages 6 or younger are free when accompanied by a paying adult. Tickets are available at on-site booths during the show’s public days or online at ChicagoAutoShow.com or here.
In the meantime, here’s what we know about so far:
- 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT
- 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport Limited Edition
- Nissan NV Cargo X concept
- 2018 Subaru Legacy