5 Cool Trucks at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show

2015 Chicago Auto Show

2015 Chicago Auto Show

Festivities continue in The Windy City and while it may be common to think cars, trucks get a portion of stage too.  And this year in Chicago, trucks are making us dream; making us wonder what it would be like to “have that in my driveway.”

Here are 5 cool trucks at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show.  We all know how brand loyalty goes but these will get your attention regardless of which manufacturer you claim as favorite.

Chevrolet Silverado Custom

The beefed up Silverado boasts 20-inch aluminum wheels, chrome bumpers, a body-colored top cap above the front bumper, with chrome mirror caps and door handles.  Four full-size doors provide quick access to the front and rear seats while the colored carpeting is a nice treat.  Tilt steering wheel, cruise control and Chevy MyLink with 4G LTE WiFi are standard.


Dealerships are able to order the 2015 Chevrolet Silverado Custom starting this month.

5.3L EcoTec3 V-8 is an available option and a fantastic choice for any truck buyer.  General Motors engine technology includes things like direct injection and Variable Valve Timing, meaning drivers get a perfect balance of power and fuel economy.  Direct injection optimizes the flow of fuel through careful “injections” into each cylinder while Variable Valve Timing helps creates the maximum amount of torque at any given moment.

2WD Silverado Custom starts at $33,820. A similarly equipped 4×4 model begins at $37,800.

Ford Police Interceptor

You can run but you can’t hide.  Well, okay, you can’t run either.  One version of the 2016 Police Interceptor is modeled after the Explorer and powered by Ford’s benchmark EcoBoost.  The 3.5 twin turbo unleashes 365 horses when catching law breakers.  Those thinking of leading this machine on a high speed chase should reconsider.  A heavy-duty, more powerful cooling system inside the EcoBoost takes extreme heat in stride.  Advance Trac and Roll Stability Control help the officer maintain the wheel so justice is not eluded even in bad weather.

The Police Interceptor is built at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant so a reveal at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show is only fitting.


The 2016 Interceptor was developed in part by the Ford Police Advisory Board, a panel of 25 experts from the law enforcement community. They shared insights on what a vehicle needs during the challenges of police work.

Ram Laramie Limited 1500

I am a big fan of the front grille which delights in being obvious.  This rig is a Ram, plain and simple.  20-inch forged, multi-surface aluminum wheels shine while drivers are welcomed with Black Natura Plus leather, pinstripe stitching, Black Argento wood, backup camera and navigation. Bob Hegbloom, President and CEO of the Ram Truck Brand, maintains this Laramie is a direct response to continued customer requests for luxury.

“The Laramie Limited trim exceeds the high expectations of affluent truck buyers by combining capability with refinement,” he said.


The Ram 1500 Laramie Limited will be available in the second quarter; the 2500 and 3500 versions third quarter. Pricing for all models is forthcoming.

Under the hood resides the 3.0 EcoDiesel, an engine seen as a leader in both fuel economy and power.  It’s 420 lbs. ft. of torque puts down serious spark to the rear wheels with help from the TorqueFlite Transmission.  It’s gear ratios are specifically manufactured for superb acceleration without losing fuel economy.

Nissan Titan XD

I caught this beauty here in Detroit at the 2015 North American International Auto Show.  The Titan XD marks a new chapter for Nissan as they hit a much needed concern in the truck market: large truck ability but with the fuel efficiency and affordability of a smaller counterpart.

Nissan’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Carlos Ghosn, remarked: “With the 2016 Nissan Titan XD, we weren’t just going for best-in-class but offering the best new class.”


The new Titan XD Crew Cab is the first of three cab configurations, two frame sizes, three power-train offerings and five grade levels in the Nissan Titan lineup. More detailed information on specifics is forthcoming.

A new Cummins 5.0L V8 Turbo Diesel provides 310 horsepower and a massive 555 lb. ft. of torque. Properly equipped, the 2016 Titan XD will tow over 12,000 pounds but will be comfortable doing so with NASA inspired, Zero Gravity seating.  The center console acts as a mobile workstation, so important communication, deadlines and contracts are not missed on the job site.

“The new Titan will deliver toughness, capability and quality,” added Ghosn.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

This one is not totally a truck or SUV.  It is really a CUV but much of its character, especially in hauling, resembles a truck or SUV.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck concept is aimed at younger generations; Millennials, who are now the second largest demographic purchasing automobiles.  This particular Hyundai is for the Millennial urban dweller accustomed to traffic, commutes and limited parking.  Often, these Millennials are career and community minded, with volunteer work being as important as their job.

Hence the need for a fitting, adaptable automobile . . .

A Hyundai Press Release illustrates the following: whether it’s loading up friends and firewood for a bonfire at the beach, coaching the youth soccer team, volunteering for a community restoration project, or a quick drop-off at the local recycling center, they need a vehicle versatile enough to accommodate both passengers and gear, while being efficient enough to fit into their unique urban lifestyle.


A 2.0-liter turbo diesel provides 190 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, with Hyundai’s HTRAC AWD system relaying it to the tires. Fuel economy lands in the high 30 range.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept addressed the need for extra cargo room with an Innovative Tailgate Extension.  Vehicles with a similar design often run out of vital bed space but the Innovate Tailgate Extension allows for extra.  When fully extended, the Hyundai Santa Cruz Truck Concept will rival a mid-size pick up for bed.


Keep On Truckin’

Other trucks on display at the 2015 Chicago Auto Show include the 2016 Toyota Tacoma and 2015 Chevy Colorado.  Some of the notable SUVs include: 2015 Infiniti QX80, 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2015 Jeep Renegade.

Do you have a favorite truck or SUV?  Tell us here!

Photo Credit:
2015 Chicago Auto Show
General Motors (Chevy Silverado Custom)
Ford Motor Company (Police Interceptor)
Ram Truck Brand (Laramie Limited 1500)
Nissan (Nissan Titan XD)
Hyundai Motor America (Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept)

*Special Thanks: Erin Guth, Communications Specialists, Chicago Auto Show
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About The Author

Carl represents automakers in their marketing and product development arms as a Vehicle Coach, Product Specialist, and Facilitator. He has worked with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Volvo, and Local Motors. Carl is the Immediate Past President of Detroit Working Writers and on the Board of Directors for the Ally Jolie Baldwin Foundation. He enjoys a multitude of health and fitness activities and is a loyal Detroit Lions fan.

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