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We’re just a day away from the big sheet pulls at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, and as each of the major automakers descend upon the Windy City, we’re gearing up and getting ready for all the good things to come with the following preview article. Included is six select models, including concepts, production vehicles, and a few special editions. Hit the jump to see what’s on the way.

Continue reading to learn more about what to expect at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.

Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Triplets

Toyota Teases TRD Pro Lineup Ahead of Big Debut at Chicago Auto Show
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Toyotais heading to Chicago with a few heavy hitters lined up to blitz the off-road trucksegment, offering a triple play of TRD Pro models that look ready to tackle the rough stuff. Included will be revamped iterations of the Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner, each of which is sure to arrive with a litany of new parts and aesthetic tweaks. So far, we don’t have a lot to go on beyond a single teaser image showing a snorkel-equipped Tacomawhipping up some dust. Look for beefier exterior spec, new interior gear, and of course, plenty of suspension tweaks as well. More ground clearance, sturdy underbody protection, and knobby rubber should be the norm here. Meanwhile, the engine spec should stay as is.

Read the full story on the Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Triplets.

Nissan Armada Snow Patrol

2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol Exterior
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In case you were unaware, Chicago and several other midwest cities are getting hit hard with the winter weather this year, enduring freezing temperatures and heavy snows that threaten to disrupt travel. Of course, extra-deep white stuff isn’t a problem for this beefy SUV. Say hello to the Nissan Armada Snow Patrol, an off-road spec concept that looks ready to roll through any blizzard. Assisting it in that endeavor is a new wheel and tire combo, plus extra suspension travel. Meanwhile, LED light bars illuminate the path ahead, and a roof rack provides extra space for cargo.

Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan Armada Snow Patrol.

Nissan 370Zki

2018 Nissan 370Zki Exterior
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As if the Armada Snow Patrol weren’t enough to show Nissan’s eagerness to hit the slopes, the 370Zki should seal the deal. Based on the drop-top iteration of popular Nissan 370Z sports car, the 370Zki replaces the standard alloy wheels with skis in front and treads in the rear, essentially turning it into a big snowmobile. Throw in over 330 horsepower from the front-mounted 3.7-liter V-6 powerplant, and well, we can think of a few things we’d like to do with this creation.

Read our full review on the 2018 Nissan 370Zki.

2019 Volkswagen Arteon

2018 Volkswagen Arteon High Resolution Exterior AutoShow
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After strutting its stuff in front of European audiences at the Geneva Motor Show last year, the Arteon now heads to Chicago to give U.S. audiences a taste of the premium VWlifestyle. Rocking the latest MQB architecture underneath the skin, the Arteon is offered as a replacement for the less-than-popular CC, and looks to combine upscale design outside and in the cabin, as well as luxurious materials and lots of interior room to boot. Will it have the goods to draw interest from stateside consumers?

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Arteon.

Lexus 10th Anniversary GS F And RC F Twins

2018 Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition
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Back in 2008, Lexusintroduced the world to its F model line, offering customers several go-faster versions of its various luxury sedans and coupes. Now, a decade later, Lexus is celebrating the F brand’s tenth anniversary with a pair of special editions for the GS F sedan and RC F coupe. Outside is a matte Nebula Gray paint scheme, while blue brake calipers add a touch of color in the corners. More blue can be found in the cabin, where tinted carbon fiber and dyed leather underline the twin’s unique aesthetic. The rest of the mechanical bits go unchanged.

Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus GS F 10th Anniversary Special Edition.
Read our full review on the 2018 Lexus RC F 10th Anniversary Special Edition.

Subaru Anniversary Special Editions

Subaru Announces Pricing for WRX STI Type RA and BRZ TS
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2018 marks the half-century mark of Subarumodels in the U.S., and to help celebrate, the six-star brand is offering up a variety of special edition models. Each will come with a variety of extra features and unique styling, as well as the requisite badges declaring the car’s limited status. Models like the BRZ, Crosstrek, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Outback, WRX, and WRX STI are expected to receive the treatment, each of which will arrive in top-trim form.

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