Report from the 2017 Chicago Auto Show

Nissan X-Wing inspired Nissan Rogue replete with blasters, thrusters, and its own droid. Not available at a store near you.

By Paul Riegler on 9 February 2017
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CHICAGO—February is the coldest month of the year, Chicago is one of the coldest cities in the nation, and the onset of a major winter storm means that, despite the frigid temperatures, it’s time for the Chicago Auto Show, the largest auto show in North America.

At an off-site media event the eve before the show opened to the press, Nissan unveiled an expansion of its Midnight Edition package that was previously only available on the Maxima. On display in a rather striking Aspen White were the Midnight Editions of the Nissan Sentra, Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Murano, and Pathfinder. The Midnight Edition models share common design elements including black mirror caps, black aluminum-alloy wheels, a black spoiler, and special floor mats.

The show’s Concept and Technology Garage showcased the latest concepts and new vehicles including the new and rather spacious Ford Expedition, designed by an engineer/father with six-foot-tall children.

Volvo also brought along its spokesmoose, albeit under high security.

Volvo also brought along Gustaf, its spokesmoose.

The new Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle, capable of going 238 miles (383 kilometers) on a single charge, was also on display.

Nissan expanded the Titan truck line with the 2017 Titan and Titan XD King Cab models. The new full-size trucks offer seating for six, a wide-opening rear door, and can be ordered without a rear seat. The Japanese automaker also showed off its modified Titan Pro-4X project truck, built using Nissan parts.

Toyota expanded its RAV4 lineup with the rugged-looking 2018 RAV4 Adventure and unveiled the 2018 Tundra full-size pickup truck and 2018 Sequoia SUV.

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