2020 Super Duty to Headline Ford’s Utility-heavy Chicago Display

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2020 Ford F-350

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.

2020 F-250 King Ranch

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.

2020 F-450

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.

Ford-Trucks.com 2019 Ford Ranger Goes 1,100 Miles On- and Off-Road

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.

2020 Explorer in the Snow

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.

2019 Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson

The GT500

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.

2020 GT500 Mustang

"Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500," says Patrick Rall, a lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years. "He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car – a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16 while I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

"Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group. While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

"Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never “work” a day in your life," adds Rall, who has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now automotive journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular auto websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

"I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

"My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

"Being based on Detroit," says Rall, "I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit's Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.

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