Mark your calendars, the Chicago Auto Show is back for 2022
2022 Chicago Auto Show Article Highlights:
- The Chicago Auto Show is back in its historic timeslot and open to the public February 12-21, 2022
- In addition to sitting in 2022 model year vehicles, attendees will also be able to ride in a passenger seat on multiple indoor routes, as well as test drive new models outdoors.
- Check back periodically to follow EngineBiscuitcontinuation of CAS coverage 2022
We are now one month into the new year, which means auto showroom the season is about to start. And with the North American International Auto Show in Detroit now a summer event, that means the Chicago Auto Show is the first in 2022. As always, CAS promises to have plenty to see, touch and things to do for visitors, and not a ton of time to pack it all up. So whether you plan to attend in person or virtually, here’s what you need to know about one of Chicago’s biggest auto shows.
After its 2021 summer experiment, the Chicago Auto Show wants to be more traditional for 2022
Last year, the Chicago Auto Show tested a new summer format that mixed indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities. For 2022, however, while there are a few outdoor events – which we’ll cover shortly – CAS is again mostly indoors. However, given that it’s now back in its usual February timeslot, that’s probably for the best, given Chi-town’s usual weather.
While it was nice not to freeze for a change, postponing the 2022 Chicago Auto Show to February has some advantages, chairman Bill Haggerty said. First, he says, “There has always been a great time for consumers to experience the latest in the industry [vehicles].” Second, in the past CAS “effectively [kicked] out of the area’s spring selling season,” says Haggerty. And to be fair, big car shows like the one in Chicago are great ways for normal consumers to check out new vehicles without a sales rep harassing them. Plus, it breaks up the monotony of Midwestern winter.
But the 2022 show will not be a carbon copy of pre-2021 events. Show organizers are taking lessons learned at CAS 2021 and applying them to this year’s show, Haggerty said. And that means similar levels of interactivity.
You can ride and drive cars at the Chicago Auto Show and much more
While sitting in static seats is cool, big car shows like the Chicago Auto Show often provide more dynamic experiences. And CAS 2022 should be no exception.
Jeep’s indoor off-road “Camp Jeep” course has long been a CAS fan favorite, Cars.com reports, and it’s back for 2022. The same goes for the indoor track at Stellantis, which gives people the chance to experience what it’s like to run a Dodge muscle car, among other things. However, several other automakers are joining the action this year.
For one thing, Ford is bringing back the Bronco’s off-road course, with the 38° “Bronco Mountain” climb. Except this time it’s inside. The Blue Oval also hosts an electric vehicle test track where passengers can experience the Mustang Mach-E GT, F-150 Lightning and F-100 Eluminator. Unfortunately, the electric restomod truck is only here as a display, despite initial rumors.
Speaking of electric vehicles, the 2022 Chicago Auto Show is hosting an indoor electric test track; so far, the Kia EV6 and BMW’s iX and i4 are confirmed entrants. And apparently Ram decided he wanted a mountain of his own, so he’s building an indoor “Ram Mountain” off-road course. The redesigned 2022 Toyota Tundra also benefits from a dedicated off-road course.
However, attendees at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show won’t be limited to passenger seating and indoor classes. Outdoor test drives are also planned for several Ford, Kia and Subaru models. You will need a valid driver’s license and will be required to pass a breathalyzer to drive and wear a mask. In addition, while the minimum age required for the driver at Ford is 18 years old (16 years old with a licence), that of Kia and Subaru is 21 years old.
In addition to cars, you can also adopt a pet at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show, thanks to Subaru, which partners with local animal shelters. And First Look for Charity participants have a chance to win a 2022 GMC Yukon Denali and a 2022 Buick Enclave Avenir.
What new cars can you expect to see this year?
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As of this writing, 19 brands will have full exhibits at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show:
- Alfa Romeo
In addition to these displays, several brands are also officially launching new vehicles at CAS 2022. As of this writing, these production debuts include the following:
Also, while Bentley doesn’t have a full booth at the show, it’s showcasing the 2022 Continental GT Convertible. Technically, Bentley calls it a concept, even though it’s already in production. But the Speed version is new for 2022. And speaking of supercars, the Supercar Gallery is also back for 2022.
How much are tickets for the 2022 Chicago Auto Show?
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The 2022 Chicago Auto Show is open to the public February 12-21, 2022, following the First Look for Charity on February 11and. It is open on public days from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except the 21st, when it closes at 8 p.m. All participants aged 3 and over must wear a mask and provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination status. Participants 16 and older must also bring photo ID.
Public tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (65+) and children 4-12, while children 3 and under are free. However, if you bring three cans on the 16thand17 or 18and, you get $5 off. First Responders and U.S. Military (Active or Veteran) also get $5 off the 15and, as are their guests. Meanwhile, First Look for Charity tickets are $275; black tie attire is required.
As in 2021, EngineBiscuit will be covering the Chicago Auto Show, so this page will be updated periodically. Hope we see you there.
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