by David Zatz • Updated January 21, 2016
The “Fiat Aagea” concept sedan, shown in May 2015, previewed both the first sedans made on the SUSW (“Small US Wide”) platform/architecture, and the first compact Chrysler since the 1980s.
The car will be smaller and lighter than the 2015 Dodge Dart, and likely more competitive in fuel economy and acceleration.
The Fiat is expected to have small engines (95 to 120 horsepower), but the Chrysler is expected to have a choice of the Chrysler 2.0/2.4 four and (perhaps later) 2.0 turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engines, both developed in Auburn Hills from a worldwide block. The 2.4 is good for around 184 horsepower, and the 2.0 is expected to end up at around 240-260 horsepower. There might be an “Aero” version with a Fiat 500 engine.
Allpar expects the car to have the first nine-speed automatic transmission in its class — conjecture but likely given Renegade and 200. Manual transmissions are de rigeur for the segment, and testing and packaging costs aside, they are far cheaper than nine-speed automatics, so a stick may be available.
The Fiat version will replace the Linea (“Fiat Aegea” was clearly stated as being just a project name). Created by 2,000 people over three years, the concept bears stylistic cues to various Chrysler cars. Raised “character lines” on the hood and roof bring the Sebring and Crossfire “strakes” to mind. The tail resembles numerous other cars, including some past Chryslers and past and current Toyotas/Lexuses, with vertically asymmetrical tail-lights with elements on both fender and trunk.
The steering wheel and gauge cluster design bear a striking resemblance to recent Chrysler designs, though there are only so many ways to lay out a gauge cluster. The climate controls and auxiliary buttons are clearly Fiat’s. The Fiat version will be made in Turkey, but the American version is more likely to have Mexican production. Fiat sales start in November.
If the Chrysler 100 is based on it, a Chrysler 2.0 turbo engine is most likely to be used in that car. The car will have five-inch UConnect system and TomTom navigation, and the 100 will probably have those as well — or Garmin navigation like all current Chryslers. The 8.4 inch display may simply not fit, though it is currently universal in the Chrysler lineup and available in all Dodges as well.
Our chart assumes that the length, width, and wheelbase of the 100 will be the same as the Fiat Aegea concept (length might be slightly longer to allow for larger engines, so we are putting in “177-180”), and that the distances between 100, Dart, and 200 will be roughly similar, as the length, width, and wheelbase are. The Dart does benefit, in interior space, from being exclusively four cylinders; the 100 is unlikely to save any space under the hood since we don’t expect it to rely on little Fiat engines.
Weight and trunk volume are purely speculative at this point.
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