Are yinz ready? The Pittsburgh International Auto Show is bringing some of the hottest cars of the 2020 and 2021 model years to the Steel City. I know the Pens are playing at home this weekend, but if you can manage a few hours away, get yourself dahntahn. Cars like the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette, 2021 GMC Canyon AT4 and 2020 Genesis G90 will be converging in Pittsburgh like the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers — and this is your chance to get up close and personal with them.
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The David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd., will be packed to the brim with cars, trucks and SUVs from more than 30 international and domestic automakers. Kicking off Friday, show hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Monday. General admission is $12 for visitors age 17 or older, $6 for children ages 6 to 16 and free for children younger than 6 with a ticketed adult. Tickets are half-price Monday. Visit the show’s website for more info and to purchase tickets. All-day parking at Heinz Field is $8 with free shuttle rides to the show.
Want a salesperson-free car-shopping experience in the City of Champions — or perhaps just a preview of what’s new and next? Here are the top five things you can’t miss at the 2020 Pittsburgh Auto Show:
1. 2020 Chevrolet Corvette
The fast-moving-but-slow-arriving 2020 Chevrolet Corvette will be on the show floor this coming weekend, and the first thing you’re going to want to get a look at is the engine, which is visible through the rear-hatch window. This LT2 6.2-liter V-8 is mated to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. It puts out a whopping 490 horsepower and goes 0-60 mph in 3 seconds flat (2.9 seconds if you bump up to the optional Z51 Performance Package) — making it the fastest Vette yet. The mid-engine design is a first, but plenty else is new in the eighth-generation of the iconic sports car, from the exotic exterior styling to the front-suspension lift system. Chevy has said only one part was carried over from the previous generation.
2. 2021 GMC Canyon AT4
GMC is offering its mid-size Canyon pickup truck in the off-road AT4 trim level for the 2021 model year. Joining the GMC Sierra 1500 and Sierra HD AT4 models, the Canyon gets some rugged new styling features — “AT4” embroidery on the head restraints inside, and outside dark chrome trim, a new grille pattern and red tow hooks. To make this a truly capable off-road truck, the Canyon AT4 will feature a suspension with hill descent control, standard four-wheel drive and an Eaton G80 automatic locking rear differential. Engine options are the same as in the regular model: A 308-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 is standard, or if you prefer a diesel truck, a 2.8-liter diesel four-cylinder is available.
Pricing will be announced closer to the release of the 2021 Canyon AT4, which will arrive at dealerships when GMC’s other 2021 models go on sale later this year.
3. 2020 Genesis G90
The refreshed Genesis G90 certainly looks new for 2020 —smaller headlights, and a bigger grille and new wheels with a diamond pattern that can also be found on the interior stitching. However, everything under the hood is a carryover. The 365-hp, twin-turbo 3.3-liter V-6 is standard, and optional is a 5.0-liter V-8 that puts out 420 hp. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and come standard with rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive as an option. The interior features various textures that keep up the luxury feel. Up front, the 12.3-inch multimedia screen is now a touchscreen, and, if you spring for the 5.0 Ultimate trim, there are also screens and a multimedia controller in the backseat.
The 2020 Genesis G90, which rolled onto dealership lots late last year, starts at $73,195, including a $995 destination charge.
4. 2020 Buick Encore GX
The new-for-2020 Buick Encore GX is called an Encore, but the GX is bigger than the subcompact act it’s following. It sits on a longer platform and shares some parts with the upcoming 2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer. The GX also features a spacious interior — from headroom to legroom — and sharp, sporty new styling. Under the hood, the base engine is a 137-hp, 1.2-liter three-cylinder mated to a two-speed continuously variable automatic transmission. Optional is a 1.3-liter three-cylinder mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission, which puts out 155 hp. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional with both engines.
The Buick Encore GX goes on sale early this year, starting at $25,095, including a $995 destination charge.
5. Pittsburgh Penguins Ford F-150
The Official Truck of the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey team — a black-and-gold Ford F-150 adorned in Pens decals and a skyline silhouette along the truck’s broadside — will make a rare off-ice presence at the Pittsburgh auto show. From 1-2 p.m. Saturday, team mascot Iceburgh will also make a personal appearance.
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