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2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

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2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

2007 Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart

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The Chicago Auto Show begins this week for the media and the public. And among the introductions you'll see here starting Wednesday on TheCarConnection are cars and trucks like this Mitsubishi Galant Ralliart, details of which we'll bring you in our coverage of the show. Stay tuned all this week for more from Chicago, but until then keep your browsers set for more on the following new vehicles:

 

 

Dodge Nitro Blows into Chicago

 

2007 Dodge Nitro

2007 Dodge Nitro

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This week’s Chicagoauto show will host the production-version launch of the 2007 Dodge Nitro sport-ute. Based on the Jeep Liberty platform, the Nitro gets full-size options for its mid-size ute body, including a choice of V-6 engines, 20-inch wheels and sport suspension. Available in three models — base, SLT, and R/T — the Nitro comes standard with a 3.7-liter V-6 with 210 hp. The performance R/T edition gets a new 4.0-liter V-6 with 255 hp and 275 lb-ft of torque. And standard on the R/T, optional on the SLT, is a suspension-and-wheels package with 20-inch rims and more tightly tuned ride motions. The standard gearbox on base vehicles is a six-speed manual, while a four-speed automatic is an option; the SLT gets the four-speed standard, while the R/T gets a standard five-speed automatic. Four-wheel drive is offered on all models. A new Load ‘N Go floor slides 18 inches to and fro for easier loading of the cargo area and it’s capable of holding up to 400 pounds (or three Eva Longorias and some change, if you must). ABS, ESP, and side curtain airbags are standard, while a navigation system, CD changer, DVD entertainment system and Sirius are options.

 

 

New Avalanche Falling on Chicago

2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

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2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

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GM continues the rollout of its new full-size trucks and SUVs at the Chicago show with the launch of the Avalanche. Chevrolet says that the new vehicle will have more power, segment-leading fuel economy and flex-fuel capability, and a better interior. The new 'Lanche goes on sale in the second quarter of this year. GM also will celebrate the 10th anniversary of OnStar at the Chicago show.

 

 

 

Hyundai Hopes for Tuner Magic with Three-Door Accent

 

2006 Hyundai Accent

2006 Hyundai Accent

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2006 Hyundai Accent

2006 Hyundai Accent

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Though Hyundai showed its 2007 Accent three-door at SEMA, official pricing and on-sale info comes out this week at McCormick Place. The '07 model features a 110-horsepower 1.6-liter four that will also appeal to the growing market for fuel-efficient vehicles. On the safety side, the three-door will come with six standard airbags, as well as four-wheel disc brakes with ABS. Company officials hint the three-door will likely be positioned as a price leader, starting a bit under the $11,500 base for the four-door Accent. Look for a spring 2006 debut.

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