2016 Model-Year Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep Cars, Trucks, and Minivans
Though we sometimes sound certain, this page is generally not based on official statements and in any case any future product plans are subject to change. See our 2017+ page.
The 2016 Compass (the name has not yet been officially chosen) keeps the mini-Grand Cherokee look. It will most likely be an expanded version of the Jeep Renegade and is likely to be made alongside either the Renegade (in Italy) or, more likely, in Toluca, with the Chrysler 100.
In the US, we expect to see the turbocharged Hurricane four and a standard 2.4, possibly with a Fiat diesel in the future (and certainly for markets outside North America, which would probably share most of the Renegade’s engines). This low-range Jeep may have the nine-speed ZF automatic, possibly with an entry-level six speed. A Fiat equivalent, built to lower “punishment” specifications, could replace the Fiat Sedici (Suzuki SX4).
Cherokee is also due for a refresh in 2016, though what this entails remains unknown. One would expect that the all wheel drive system would be replaced with a more conventional setup, and that the tail would be refreshed.
Jeep Wrangler essentially awaits its re-engineering, Grand Cherokee is still new and continues as is (or perhaps gets a new shifter to address rollaway concerns), and Renegade, being new, remains “as is.” Patriot could be dropped when the new Compass appears, but could continue indefinitely, until demand for Darts increases to the point where it makes sense to clear out factory space.
Chrysler gets a new 2017 Town & Country sometime in calendar-year 2016, using a stretched Cherokee platform, nine-speed automatic, and 3.6 engine, with a late-arrival hybrid powertrain and all wheel drive. Dodge Caravan will continue as it is into 2017, and then... FCA is mum. All Chryslers are to get 200-based styling.
The Ram heavy duty line is due for a minor update in 2016 and a major update in 2017. For the light-duty, we believe this is the 2018 model year. We do not know when the much-rumored “PUG” Pentastar engine upgrade will appear.
Chrysler 100 and other small and midsized cars
A compact Chrysler 100 is now due in 2016, as a true compact. It will likely share the SUSW (Small US Wide) platform, an American adaptation of the old SCSS setup shared with GM, with a new line of Fiats. A Fiat concept, the Aegean, was could be fairly easily modified to have the current Chrysler 200 design cues. It is most likely that the two cars will not be sold in the same region and the Chrysler is unlikely to use the Fiat engines.
Chrysler 200 is set for a refresh in 2017, three years after its launch. This may include the addition of the 2.0 liter Hurricane Four.
Dodge is set for a “B-sized” (subcompact) sedan and hatchback in early 2018. Dart is set for refresh in mid-2016, as noted earlier, with an SRT version coming out very quickly afterwards.
Journey is set for a mid-2016 refresh, with a Journey SRT coming out shortly after. Journey might be similar to the current one, in that it might be based on the current 200 as the original was based on the Sebring/200.
Given that Dodge is striving to become the affordable-performance brand, though, we are thinking that the next Journey might be based on the new D-RWD setup — a rear wheel drive midsize tall wagon. Alfa Romeo is planning one, and as Sergio Marchionne said, Alfa could never be cost effective on its own; it seems to be paired with Dodge. (That would also make the SRT version easier to create.)
Ram trucks: Fiat Strada pickup
The Brazilian-built Fiat Strada pickup has a payload capacity of 1,550 pounds, 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.