2015 Model-Year Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Cars, Trucks, and Minivans
As of Sept 7, 2013; this page covers 2015 model-year cars with some that may come as 2016s.
Large cars: Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, etc
With thanks to Mopar392. All the large cars get the seven-inch configurable dashboard first seen on Dart and Ram 1500; a new steering wheel design that makes playing with the dashboard easier; UConnect 2 with the 8.4 inch central screen; and eight-speed automatics across the board. They also all get new headlights with integrated daytime running lights (e.g. bright LEDs that remain on, unless the driver overrides them).
New to Challenger V6 and all V8s, a standard eight-speed automatic will increase gas mileage and acceleration; it will be used on the 6.4 (392) SRT8, and supercharged 6.2 “Hellcat” SRT8 engines expected to reach at least 580 horsepower, with (our estimated) 540 lb-ft of torque.
Dodge Challenger moves to its new LA platform, with numerous updates to allow for new automatics and electronics. The front and rear will be revised; the interior will be overhauled; and the HellCat 6.2 supercharged Hemi will be optional. The SRT 392 will be differentiated from the 6.2 by wheels, badges, and perhaps a different hood. Introduction is slated for March and April 2014 (first to enthusiasts, then to the media), with production starting around July 2014 (we figure it'll be delayed to August or September).
2015 Dodge Charger gets the same changes as the other cars; the SRT8 version gets the Hellcat supercharged Hemi. The wheel shown on Charger Juiced might be launched on HellCat equipped cars, and a heat extracting hood might be used with HellCat.
Chrysler 300 and Lancia Thema upgrades include improved Launch Control on 300C SRT8, UConnect 2 with Via Mobile, seven-inch TFT customizable displays, the new steering wheels, and more comfortable seats. SRT8 will maintain the “sleeper look;” don’t expect to see the 6.2 HellCat. Exterior styling is likely to stay about the same.
Years ago, we predicted, “The Alfa Romeo 169, based on the 300C or Charger, will appear around 2015.” This was confirmed in 2013 by Auto Zeitung magazine, as quoted by the English-language AutoEdizione. The new car is to have several variants, including a “sport wagon,” and will use the same engines as Maserati Ghibli; the suspension and transmission will be altered, to an unknown degree (we expect a moderate retuning).
Mopar392 said that the Charger and 300 would become a modified Maserati Ghibli, with parts swapped as needed to reduce the cost; he described the Ghibli as being an LX with modifications, particularly to the front suspension, for a Maserati feel. The main differences between the cars are engines, styling, and the design of the front suspension.
2015 Chrysler brand cars
UF: Chrysler 200 - Sebring / Lancia Flavia (and Dodge Avenger)
Current rumblings suggest that work on the 2015 Chrysler 200 was led by Lancia people embedded in Auburn Hills, rather than Chrysler. Either way, it will be, in essence, a lengthened and retuned Dodge Dart, with more rear-seat and trunk space, a more “midsize” feel to the interior, a higher roof, and more upscale trimmings. It will arrive nearly a year late, boasting the 3.2 engine and 9-speed automatic from 2014 Jeep Cherokee.
The “UF” body code is entered as “Sebring” in Chrysler’s systems, probably because it was put there before the name change.
Ralph Gilles reported that the new 200 would have completely new styling, leaving the current cues of both Chrysler and Lancia behind. It will start production between March and June 2014 (as a 2015 model), and is likely to be shown to the public at the New York Auto Show in April 2014. Dealer reps who have seen it said it was above their expectations.
The 200 is likely to include a base four-cylinder 2.4 liter engine, along with either the 3.2 or 3.6 liter Pentastar V6. The nine-speed ZF automatic will continue, and an efficient Aero model is to get 38 mpg. A hatchback, possibly arriving one year later, is planned, at least for the Lancia Flavia.
Dodge Avenger is to disappear when the 200 is replaced (unless you believe Detroit News’ reports that Avenger will continue through 2016; we don’t, any more), but will likely be back in 2016 when a rear wheel drive version is created (née Dodge Barracuda).
Lancia Voyager / Chrysler Voyager (not Grand Voyager!)
This new crossover, which might or might not replace the Dodge Journey, is based on the Jeep Cherokee / Dodge Dart’s basic platform, but with 7-passenger seating — a must-have in Europe, where compact and mid-size 7-passenger MPVs are now de rigeur. This vehicle shows how flexible the D-USW/C-EVO platform is — a grownup MPV for former Lancia Musa customers who want more room and flexibility, but aren't yet ready for the gargantuan Grand Voyager. Targeted mainly for Europe, it was on the 2009 plan and appears unchanged in the 2013 update. Does this overlap too much with the Journey/Fiat Freemont, which has been more successful since Fiat took over?
Like the new 300 and 200/Sebring, it will boast new, brand-unified styling.
Chrysler Town & Country / Lancia Grand Voyager
Chrysler's large minivan continues for one final year before changing completely for model-year 2016; the new nine-speed automatic revs up acceleration and gas mileage, while Ralph Gilles has promised completely different styling (is the Chrysler 700C concept a clue?)
Jettisoning the ancient Chrysler minivan architecture, which has admittedly aged gracefully, this E-EVO platform van is completely new in every way. The 3.2 liter Pentastar V6 and nine-speed automatic create the sole powertrain, while buyers once again have a choice of front or all wheel drive. The Lancia and export versions have a standard 3-liter VM diesel.
Chrysler’s minivan has unique styling to make it more palatable to minivan-haters, and is officially called a crossover; Dodge is now the official home of the minivan. Or the other way around. Both have been announced. At this point we expect Chrysler to keep the minivan and Dodge to get the crossover.
2015 Dodge cars
We believe the Dodge Avenger name will be used for a rear wheel drive car based on the shared-with-Alfa D-RWD setup, but not until calendar-year 2016.
Viper gets re-engineered again during calendar year 2015. While a supercharged V10 has been all but ruled out, we do expect a power boost, more work on weight reduction, and... well, we have no idea what else is in store for Viper.
Dodge’s large minivan changes completely for model-year 2015, becoming a crossover á la Pacifica but hopefully more popular. This is likely to be an E-EVO platform minivan, with a new architecture, and a 3.2 liter Pentastar V6 as the sole powerplant and nine-speed as the sole automatic. We might have the two vans reversed — Caravan might be retained and Town & Country turned into a crossover.
A new Ram is planned for 2016. It could be based on the combined minivan/large car platform — a light vehicle that could be sold as a standard pickup in Europe, and as a “lifestyle vehicle” in the United States.
Other Dodge cars, crossovers, and such
- Dodge Journey/Fiat Freemont are replaced with versions based on the 200 and Cherokee/Liberty replacement.
2015 Jeep lineup
The small Jeep launched in 2014 (code BU) and imported to the US continues, along with Wrangler (mainly unchanged, and due for big changes in 2016) and Grand Cherokee.
The 2015 Compass expands on the mini-Grand Cherokee look and feel, with even more higher end appointments. Like Cherokee, Compass is built on the same basic platform as Dodge Dart, but with more ground clearance and optional AWD goodies; however, we think it will have a choice of turbo-Fiat or 2.4 liter Chrysler four cylinders instead of the V6, possibly with the six speed Hyundai at the low end. It is expected to have a similar Alfa Romeo model to replace the Fiat Sedici (Suzuki SX4). In export markets, it would have a 2-liter Fiat diesel.
Jeep Cherokee (KL)
Jeep Wagoneer (WS)
Wagoneer (maybe Grand Wagoneer) debuts at long last, essentially a lengthened, restyled Grand Cherokee. Speculation is that they will start above the Durango in price, with a higher equipment specification — above Grand Cherokee Summit. Something to give wealthy Grand Cherokee buyers a bit more space and cachet.
Ram shows a refresh for 2015, which is puzzling. The Ram 1500 was re-engineered for 2013; the heavy duty lines for 2014. So what is left but ProMaster City (Doblo), launched in 2014, and Cargo Van? Is a refresh of the Ram 1500 really planned for calendar-year 2015, after two years, to match Ford’s new F-150?
Ram continues with its version of Fiat’s recently revised Doblo. (Editor’s note: a Ram version of the Doblo, quite possibly to simply be called Ram ProMaster City, has been confirmed, and will be built in Turkey.)
2015 Ram ProMaster: Fiat Ducato, Americanized
For businesses that saw the Sprinter as being too big, expensive, inefficient, or unreliable, the Ram ProMaster, launched in 2013, should fit the bill nicely. This Chrysler-modified version of the popular Fiat commercial van sits between the Sprinter and Doblo — or, if you prefer, between Sprinter and Transit — providing enough cargo space and capacity for most businesses, not as claustrophobic as the smaller vans, and not overkill like Sprinter.
Ram trucks: Fiat Strada pickup
The Brazilian-built Fiat Strada pickup with a diesel engine gets 44 miles per gallon, hits a top speed of just over 100, does 0-62 in 13.5 seconds. With the standard cab, it has a payload capacity of 1,550 pounds, including the driver, and a five-foot, six-inch long bed. The extended cab has a 1,500-pound payload and a four foot, six-inch bed. Towing capacity is said to be 2,000 pounds. A little Ram version may be arriving in 2016.