2015 Chicago Show: Crossovers Attack Windy City

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Nowadays, crossover vehicles gets attention from people around the world because of its styling and practicality. Its demand gets high and higher from year to year. Almost all car manufacture have released its crossover. And at 2015 Chicago Auto Show Honda and Kia introduced their latest crossovers.

2016 Honda Pilot
2016 Honda Pilot

The third generation of Honda Pilot finally revealed at this year’s Chicago Auto Show. It’s still a three row crossover just like its predecessor. It comes up with more modern, sleeker, and more luxury design. The box design is replaced with more dynamic exterior design. Up front, at a glance New Pilot reminds me of CR-V facelift.The headlights design is looked like its smaller bro. Now, the headlights features LED projector and accompanied by LED Daytime Running Lights. Rear, we can see unique LED taillights design (to be honest, its design just a little bit weird).

2016 Honda Pilot cabin
2016 Honda Pilot cabin

Inside, the car can accommodate 8 people. Now, Honda offers captain seats for the second row which causes reducing its total capacity from 8 to 7 people. For entertainment purpose, the Pilot has 8-inch Android-powered which we can find in Civic, CR-V, and HR-V. From the safety sector, Honda immerses Road Departure Mitigation system along with blind spot monitoring. Under the hood, Honda engineers put Earth Dream engine V6 3.5 liter which is mated to 6-speed automatic transmission and 9-speed automatic transmission for more expensive variant. 2016 Honda Pilot is set to be released this summer.

Kia Trail'ster Concept
Kia Trail’ster Concept

After releasing some pictures about its latest e-AWD technology, Kia finally unveiled Trail’ster Concept. Basically, it is a the second generation Soul which is redesigned as a rugged concept car. The concept car is looked tough and bold with Polar Pearl Snowdrift paint job combined with Terra Bronze Metallic on the roof. Trail’ster comes up with LED headlights, fog lamps, and taillights. Meanwhile, in the cabin Kia shows off brown leather-trimmed seats, high gloss paint and metallic trim, and retractable weatherproof canvas roof.

Kia Trail’ster Concept is powered by 4-cylinder 1.6 liter turbocharged produces 185 hp and 250 Nm of torque. Its electric all-wheel-drive is put in the rear axle which is ready to help the driver for low speed assist, enhanced launch acceleration, and improve traction in bad weather or low grip situation. The e-AWD system has 35 hp output which can push the car run with 220 hp and 386 Nm of torque.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: Chicago Auto Show & Kia

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