2010 Chicago Auto Show Preview

This coming week at the Chicago Auto Show is going to be another big one for Ford. A number of redesigned and all new Fords will debut at the show which always comes in the second week of February. The show is always a big one for Ford as they tend to showcase cars built at their Chicago Assembly Center. Here are some of the highlights;

2011 Shelby GT-500

Already covered in our Sneak Peek article, the new 2011 Shelby GT-500 will have an aluminum block, 550hp, a new SVT upgrade package and a host of other new features. We will be looking for mild appearance changes too. Come see us on Monday for the full Monte on the top dog Mustang.

2011 Ford Explorer

An all new from the ground-up Explorer will make its debut in Chicago. Fitting it comes out here as the Windy City is where it will be built. The new Ford Explorer will be built upon a modified version of the same platform architecture that underpins the Ford Flex, Ford Taurus and Lincolns. The new unit-body construction will be a big change for Explorer but Ford says it will have retain the capabilities of the current Explorer but will have much better efficiency and chassis dynamics. Look for Ecoboost engines under the hood too!


2011 Ford Edge

Like the Lincoln MKX last month, its Ford twin the Edge gets a mid-cycle facelift. The interior is all new with features like MyFord. A new face and rear treatments along with new wheels will make it look almost all new. Under the hood is the big news where the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder Ecoboost engines will make their debut in America. Promising better efficiency, the turbo-four will have around 200-220hp and be slated beneath the current 3.5 V6 which will also be available.

2011 Ford Transit Connect BEV

Ford will show off its long anticipated electric version of their popular new Transit Connect mini-cargo-van. The “battery electric vehicle” (BEV) will be aimed at inner city fleet markets like Chicago, New York, and other cities where short range deliveries and duty cycles are king. And many of those cities offer incentives for fleet operators to have alternative fueled or low emission vehicles. If it works and pencils the TransitConnect BEV will be another big fat win for Ford this year.

What Else?

Ford has other new models in the works that may make an appearance at the Chicago Auto Show this year. One thing we have been waiting on is the new Ford Police Interceptor. We wrote about this vehicle last year when Ford announced they were to announce it in the first quarter of 2010. But they said nothing about what it would be or what vehicle it would be based on.

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