The Chicago auto show has traditionally been a significant one in terms of new debuts for trucks and SUVs, and this year is no different. There were several production debuts from Toyota and Chevrolet, and a sneak peek of what might be coming in the years ahead from Nissan.

As expected, bi-fuel CNG versions of the 2015 General Motors HD trucks will continue to be offered, powered by the Vortec 6000. Chevrolet will also be selling its own version of the Nissan NV200, sold under the City Express moniker, a quick solution to counter the Ford Transit Connect and the forthcoming Ram ProMaster City.

The biggest surprises came from the Japanese brands. Toyota unveiled a whole portfolio of aggressive off-road-oriented versions of the 4Runner, Tacoma, and Tundra, and Nissan showed a Frontier concept powered by a four-cylinder Cummins engine, giving a not-so-subtle hint of what might be in store for the next-generation truck.


2015 Chevrolet City Express

If you've seen the Nissan NV200, you've essentially seen the Chevy City Express. Changes are minimal, other than the requisite changes to the grille and badging. This gives Chevrolet a quick answer to Ford's redesigned Transit Connect, and Ram's forthcoming ProMaster City. Like the Nissan, it comes with a single powertrain and basic configuration of a 131-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 mated to a CVT, and a two-seat cargo van configuration. Unlike the Ford, there will be no passenger-van configuration, at least not initially.

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2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD CNG

Chevrolet rolled out a CNG bi-fuel Silverado HD for 2014, and a natural gas offering will continue for 2014. The 2015 model is substantially different outwardly, but the GM HD trucks got an all-new frame and chassis for 2011, with sheetmetal and interiors largely carrying over. Unlike the 1/2-ton offerings, the port-injected 6.0-liter Vortec V-8 carries over, with special modifications to the fuel system and valvetrain for CNG duty. Output is 360 hp and 380 lb-ft on gasoline, and 301 hp and 333 lb-ft on CNG.

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2015 Ford F-150 Snow Plow Pre

Polar vortex beware, as the redesigned 2015 Ford F-150 will be available with a snow plow prep option when it goes on sale by the end of this year. Ford says the 2015 F-150 is the first light-duty pickup with a manufacturer-installed snow plow prep package.

2015 Ford F 150 Snow Plow Front End The snow plow prep option is available on all cab configurations (Regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew), though the F-150 models must be XL, XLT, or Lariat trims equipped with four-wheel drive and the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Ford rates the maximum weight for the light-duty plow at over 450 pounds.


2015 Lincoln Navigator

The full-size luxury SUV market is not what it was a few years ago, when General Motors and Ford had a virtual oligopoly on the segment with the Cadillac Escalade, GMC Yukon Denali, and Lincoln Navigator. Today, there are more competitors, such as the Infiniti QX80 (formerly QX56) and Mercedes-Benz GL. And, of course, the Range Rover has always been a favorite in the ultra-premium SUV class. So perhaps it shouldn't be too much of a shock that it's taken eight years for the Lincoln Navigator to get an extreme, and much-needed, makeover. It's finally here, and the 2015 Lincoln Navigator is sure to appeal to the loyalists who have bought the Navigator over the last 17 years.

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2015 Nissan Frontier Diesel Runner

Although based on the current F-Alpha Frontier platform, the Frontier Diesel Runner concept shows what the minds in Nashville and Yokohama are thinking. As we previously speculated, the collaboration between Nissan and Cummins on the next-generation Titan has borne additional fruit, and the Diesel Runner's 2.8-liter Cummins I-4 and ZF eight-speed automatic transmission are a good indication of what we might be seeing in showrooms in the next few years. With more than 350 lb-ft of torque and an estimated 35 percent greater fuel economy than the current 4.0-liter gas V-6, this combination can't hit dealerships soon enough.

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2015 Toyota Tacoma TRD Pro Series

Since at least the mid-1980s, when Marty McFly expressed his fondness for a black Toyota 4x4, the brand has been known for making capable, rugged smaller trucks. While the aftermarket has long offered ample support for the Tacoma and its predecessors, Toyota's factory contributions have mostly been a series of special trim packages, some with the TRD label. This is the most extreme factory offering we've seen from Toyota in recent memory.

The TRD Pro package on the Tacoma includes TRD-tuned off-road springs with a 2.0-inch front lift, a decreased spring rate for greater high-speed stability and handling, 16-inch beadlock-style wheels, a TRD exhaust, and TRD Pro badging. No changes are underhood, but don't forget the Tacoma is available with a dealer-installed supercharger that brings output to over 300 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.

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2015 Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro Series

The 4Runner has come a long way since its origins of being essentially a short-bed Toyota pickup with a back seat and a camper shell. Over its 30-year history, it's never lost sight of its roots, and remains a body-on-frame SUV with low-range 4x4 available. The TRD Pro package honors this faithful heritage with an additional 1.5 inches of front lift, an inch more of wheel travel, 17-inch TRD black alloy wheels, TRD Pro badging, and black front and rear bumper accents.

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2015 Toyota Tundra TRD Pro Series

Since the Ford F-150 SVT Raptor debuted in late 2010, it has been for the most part unchallenged from other automakers in terms of a factory offering. While the Tundra TRD Pro doesn't quite go as far as the Raptor in the extent of its modifications and upgrades, it’s farther than any other manufacturer has gone with a full-fledged factory effort. Like the Tacoma and the 4Runner, the Tundra TRD Pro gets a 2.0-inch front lift, decreased spring rates for improved ride quality over rough terrain, and black TRD 18-inch alloy wheels. It also receives a dual exhaust system, a "TRD Pro" quarter-panel bed stamping, unique seating material color with red stitching, and an ornamental insert on the instrument panel.

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2014 Dodge Journey Crossroads

Dodge has lifted the drape off its newest vehicle: the Journey Crossroad. This model isn't as extreme at the R/T, but it does offer cool performance styling cues, such as unique front fascia, with Platinum Chrome accents and a Gloss Black surround; matching Gloss Black taillight bezels and surrounds for the foglights and dark, tinted headlights with black bezels; Platinum Chrome lower rear fascia; and Platinum Chrome roof rails and lower side sills. It also rides on Hyper Black 19-inch wheels.

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