Mysterious Ram, Dodge Sublime Muscle Cars Set to Hit Chicago Auto Show
Expect a balance of Dodge performance cars and hard-working Ram trucks at Windy City event that runs from Feb. 9-18.
Last week, Dodge announced that the Sublime 2019 Challenger and Charger would be on display at the Chicago Auto Show, which runs Feb. 9-18. However, all the pre-show hype surrounding the Chicago event does not specify exactly what Ram, Chrysler and Mopar have in store for the Windy City crowd. Each of those three brands has a press conference scheduled over the course of the two-day media preview, but without any teasers from the automaker, we can only guess as to what the news from each brand will be.
Dodge Gets Sublime
We know for sure that the Sublime is returning to the Dodge Challenger and Charger lineup for the 2019 model year (above). The Challenger was last offered in the light metallic green hue back in 2015, when it was the most popular choice of Hellcat buyers in their first model year, but it was offered on the entire lineup. The Charger was last offered in Sublime back in 2007 in Daytona trim, so this marks the first time that the current generation of the sedan has been offered in this popular green.
In addition to the Sublime cars, the Dodge display should have a big spread of the two performance cars in varying trim, along with a few examples of the Durango and the Journey.
Ram New Vehicle
The press conference schedule states that at 11 a.m. on Feb. 7, there will be a “Ram New Vehicle Debut,” but there has been no indication as to what that vehicle might be. There have been many rumors about high-performance packages for the Ram 1500 and there hasn’t been any news on the half-ton in quite some time. Also, with the debut of the new Ram Heavy Duty last month in Detroit, it is hard to imagine that is left to roll out in the world of the heavy duty trucks.
In any case, the FCA display is sure to showcase plenty of Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 pickups, including an indoor off-road course where show-goers can drive some of the new trucks.
Chrysler and Mopar
Both Chrysler and Mopar have press conferences scheduled, with Chrysler set to announce something at 2:20 on Thursday while Mopar has an announcement at breakfast on Friday morning. Chrysler only has two vehicles, so it will have to be news about the Pacifica or the 300 while the Mopar announcement could pertain to almost anything in the company lineup.
Mopar offers parts for every FCA vehicle, so the odds are good that the aftermarket upfitting brand will introduce new items, but we don’t know what those vehicles might be.
It doesn’t look like Jeep will have any news or announcements in Chicago, but as has been the case for years, the Trail Rated brand will have an indoor off-road course where show-goers can drive a few different vehicles in fairly extreme situations. Of those vehicles on display, the odds are good that the new Renegade pickup will be displayed in a variety of trim levels, along with showcasing some Mopar parts as well.