The 2013 Chicago Auto Show might not be filled with fast and dangerous new cars like the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, but quite a few interesting and important new concept and production-ready vehicles have debuted including the updated 2014 Toyota Tundra, the 2014 Ram Promaster, and the diesel-powered 2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD.
After reading about the Chicago auto show cars below – and visiting our 2013 Chicago Auto Show page – tell us which debut was your favorite.
2014 Chevrolet Cruze 2.0TD: The long-promised diesel-powered Chevy Cruze is finally here, offering 42 mpg highway, 259 lb-ft of torque (up to 280 lb-ft with overboost), and a $25,695 price tag.
2013 Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core: The Chrysler 300 SRT8 Core is designed to provide a lower cost-of-entry into the SRT club, at just below $45,000.
2013 Dodge Challenger R/T Redline: The Redline package brings sporty graphics, black five-spoke wheels, and an upgraded interior to the Challenger R/T and R/T Plus.
2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 Core: Another ‘stripped-out’ SRT8, the Challenger SRT8 Core keeps all the horsepower, but ditches more expensive content to get the base price down just under $40,000.
2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee: The Super Bee’s back! Rather than call the new base Charger SRT8 a “Core” model, Dodge brought back the Super Bee at Chicago.
Ford Fiesta ST GRC: What’s not to like about an all-wheel-drive Fiesta ST? The Fiesta ST GRC rally car will compete internationally in Global RallyCross this year at the hands of Ken Block, Brian Deegan, and Tanner Foust.
Ford Focus TrackSTer: The Focus TrackSTer is one of Ken Block’s project Focus STs. The car has been designed to be the ultimate road- and track-going hot hatch.
Kia Cross GT Concept: The attractive Kia Cross GT Concept previews Kia’s full-size crossover above the Sorento. The all-wheel-drive Cross GT concept is reportedly powered by a hybridized 3.8-liter V-6, which makes 400 hp, and has an all-electric range of 20 miles.
2014 Kia Forte Hatchback: It may bear the Forte nameplate, but the only thing the Forte Hatchback shares with the sedan is its headlights and hood. The Forte Hatch is Kia’s first ever compact turbocharged car, offering the Hyundai Veloster Turbo’s 1.6-liter turbocharged I-4 under the hood, making 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
Kia Optima Hybrid Superman: The Superman-inspired Kia Optima Hybrid is Kia’s latest Justice League-themed vehicle, all of which are built for charity.
Mopar 2013 Dodge Dart: Mopar got its hands on the Dodge Dart this year, and will be offering this black-and-blue Dart this year full of Mopar aftermarket parts, but no engine modifications.
2014 Nissan 370Z Nismo: Nissan reintroduced its Nismo performance brand in full at Chicago. The new 370Z Nismo gets some visual updates, with no changes to the 3.7-liter 350-hp V-6.
2014 Nissan GT-R Track Edition: Godzilla loses some weight, as well as its back seat with the new GT-R Track Edition. The limited edition GT-R also features a stiffer suspension than standard GT-Rs.
2013 Nissan Juke Nismo: It might not be a Juke-R, but it’s a start. The Juke Nismo gets some sportier bits, as well as a power bump up to 197 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque.
2014 Nissan NV200: The non-taxi version of the NV200 cargo van made its U.S.-debut at the Chicago show, ready to go head-to-head with the Ford Transit Connect.
2014 Ram Promaster: Mopar guys, here’s your next van. Based on the Fiat Ducato, the frumpy-looking Promaster is a Euro-style, front-drive full-size van, powered by a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 or Fiat-sourced turbodiesel I-4.
2014 Toyota Tundra: The Tundra gets a belated updated at the Chicago Auto Show, with a revised exterior and updated interior, but unchanged powertrains.
2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR: The new canary yellow 2014 Beetle GSR pays tribute to the original 1970 Beetle GSR.
2014 Volkswagen Beetle R-Line Convertible: The new Beetle R-Line Convertible joins the Tiguan and Touareg R-Lines with sporty wheels, LEDs, and a sport-tuned suspension.
2013 Volkswagen GTI Driver’s Edition: The GTI Driver’s Edition doesn’t actually have any new features to improve on the regular 2013 GTI’s driving experience, but it does come with a hat and a key chain, so there’s that.
2013 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition: The VW GTI Wolfsburg Edition was introduced to help send off the Mark VI GTI, with just 2000 examples to be built.
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