2020 Super Duty to Headline Ford’s Utility-heavy Chicago Display
Refreshed Super Duty, new Ranger and Explorer set to wow Chicago Auto Show, Feb. 9-18.
When the 2019 Chicago Auto Show opens to the general public on Saturday, February 9, the sprawling Ford display will have at least one example of every vehicle in the brand’s lineup. But the refreshed 2020 Super Duty and big trucks will be the centerpiece of the show for the Motor Company. The new Super Duty is sure to be joined by an assortment of Rangers, F-150s, and all-new Explorer models. And for muscle car lovers, the new Shelby GT500 Mustang will also be appearing in Chi-Town for the first time.
Super Duty Debut
The biggest news from Ford Motor Company at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show will be the world debut of the 2020 Super Duty. The F-250, F-350, and F-450 are all being refreshed for 2020. All with a new face, new taillights, new technology, and more power. The extra power comes from the long-expected debut of a new 7.3-liter gasoline V8 that is promised to lead all gasoline-powered trucks in the segment. But the PowerStroke diesel will also get a boost in power.
Right now, we only have scant details on the 2020 Super Duty, but after the media day debut on Thursday, we should know plenty more. By the time the public arrives this weekend, the majority of the key details should be available.
The Ranger Lineup
The new-to-the-U.S. Ford Ranger was on display at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show. But for the 2019 show, the mid-sized pickup will be more broadly featured, with more access to the trucks for show-goers. These smaller trucks are on sale now across the country, so they are being shown off in greater numbers in an effort to provide prospective buyers a closer look at the truck that they might buy.
Also, if the auto shows in Los Angeles and Detroit were any indication of what to expect in Chicago, we should see several production-level trucks of varying trim along with some spruced-up trucks that have been fitted with Ford accessories.
In short, while the new Super Duty will be the belle of Ford’s Chicago ball, the Ranger will be one of the next-most-heavily showcased models.
Windy City Explorer Debut
The all-new, rear-wheel-drive Ford Explorer made its world debut last month in Detroit and we should see the new SUV in several different trim levels in Chicago. We are likely to see the standard Explorer, along with the new hybrid model, the high performance ST and perhaps a cut-a-away model.
The Explorer is one of the Motor Company’s leading models and with a new generation on the way, Ford is sure to showcase it heavily.
Other Trucks and SUVs
Ford always has an elaborate collection of trucks and SUVs on display in Chicago and 2019 will be no different. In addition to those vehicles mentioned above, we can expect to see a broad spread of F-150 models including the Raptor along with the Escape, the Edge, and the Transit vans.
One such highlight is the 2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson edition. Inspired by the Fat Boy motorcycle, this F-150 is expected to be lifted, ride on higher tires, include Harley badging, and look very cool.
Finally, while this doesn’t pertain to Ford truck fans, general fans of the brand who head to McCormick Place in Chicago will get to see the new 2020 Shelby GT500 Mustang. The supercharged muscle car made its debut alongside the Explorer last month in Detroit, so it will make its first appearance in the Windy City later this week.