The auto show season is here! And while some auto shows continue to be rescheduled for later dates due to ongoing regulations surrounding the pandemic, the Chicago Auto Show will continue on with its original February schedule. Starting next week, the Chicago Auto Show will open its doors to the media and then the public amid tightening regulations from the local Chicago government.
So what will be going on at the Chicago event for the Stellantis brands?
Thanks to the media schedule, we know that the Ram Truck brand will hold a news conference at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, February 10th. It is still unknown what Ram is going to announce at the show, but it is one of only a few brands that is scheduled to hold a conference at the event.
Last year, Ram used the Chicago event to unveil a number of special edition Ram 1500 pickups that included the off-road-oriented Ram 1500 BackCountry Edition for the popular Big Horn and Lone Star trims, the Ram 1500 Limited 10th Anniversary Edition, and the G/T Package for both the Rebel and Laramie models.
Also at the event last year, the Jeep® brand unveiled its Xtreme Recon package for the Wrangler, as well as the updated 2022 Jeep Compass. However, this year, there is no news conference scheduled for the American adventure brand.
We do know that both the Ram and Jeep brands will be bringing back their popular Camp Jeep and Ram Truck Territory interactive ride experiences to this year’s Chicago Auto Show. It marks the 18th year for the Camp Jeep event at the show, and this year’s event is even bigger than before.
Camp Jeep® –
Camp Jeep will feature an even steeper and much bigger hill than it has offered in the past. For this year’s show, Camp Jeep’s “Mountain” will stand 28-foot tall (versus 18-foot tall in recent years), the oversize of Camp Jeep will be 4,000 sq. ft. larger (last year’s layout featured a 24,000 sq. ft. exhibit), and able to accommodate 50,000 lbs. more freight (last year there was a total of 170,000 lbs. of freight). The rigorous course will be comprised of several obstacles that simulate some of the testing Jeep vehicles to endure before customers get behind the wheel. Obstacles include ground clearance stair climber, maneuverability moguls, extreme break-over, tunnel pass-through, hill ascent/descent with the larger and steeper mountain, off-camber, and 30-degree banked wedge. Each Camp Jeep participant will also receive a complimentary Jeep tote bag, while supplies last.
According to Jeep, they will bring a Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon, Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 4xe, Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon 392, Gladiator Rubicon, Gladiator Mojave, Grand Cherokee Trailhawk, Grand Cherokee Overland with Off-Road Group, Grand Cherokee Summit Reserve, Cherokee Trailhawk, and Compass Trailhawk to the event.
Ram Truck Territory –
The Ram Truck Territory track is a 28,000 sq ft. ultimate in-truck adventure designed to demonstrate the power and capabilities of the Ram Truck brand vehicle lineup. Professional drivers will be taking attendees through a course that will showcase the Ram Truck lineup’s ride handling capability and suspension options as they conquer steel culverts and navigate a high-banked wedge to spotlight Ram trucks’ ground clearance and stability.
The towing of the Ram 3500 with the 6.7-liter Cummins H.O. inline-six turbodiesel will also be demonstrated as the truck will be hitched to the 24-foot tall Ram “Tow Power Tower” and lift a weight to simulate towing 15,000 lbs. Riders will also feel the traction and experience hill descent technology on the iconic “Ram Mountain,” a 13-ft. high, 30-ft. long course element with a 30-degree approach and departure angles.
The 2022 Chicago Auto Show will open to the public on Saturday, February 12th, and run through Monday, February 21st at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. For more information and the latest attendee guidelines, visit ChicagoAutoShow.com.
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