The Chicago Auto Show is now underway, and where the show in Detroit showcased some truly mental cars like the Toyota (NYSE:TM) FT-1, the Chevrolet (NYSE:GM) Corvette Z06, and others, Chicago has so far proven to be far more docile.
Performance has taken a back seat to alternative fuels and efficiency, and utilities — pickups in particular — are present in force. Nissan’s working on expanding its diesel options, while Chevy has an alternative for your Silverado HD — provided you live near a CNG fill-up. There will be more streaming from the Chicago Auto Show on Friday, but here are a few highlights from the first day that are worth taking stock of.
1. Chevrolet Silverado HD CNG
It’s nearly identical from the outside, but within its interterior, the Chevrolet Silverado HD has had its conventional gasoline-powered guts entirely replaced by a natural gas compatible setup, which promises a “cleaner burning” 6.0 liter engine that “enables” fuel cost savings of up to $2,000 each year. The truck can still move a maximum trailering rating of 13,000 pounds, whether its running on gasoline or natural gas. On CNG, its figures come in at 301 horsepower and 333 pound-feet of torque, slightly lower than the 360 and 380 when running on conventional gasoline.