Upcoming Chrysler and Dodge cars (with some Jeeps)

See trucks, Jeeps, and vans, and engines and transmissions. Plans change and this page contains speculation.

One rear wheel drive architecture to rule them all

Dodge, Alfa Romeo, and possibly Jeep are getting new cars based on a new platform and architecture, including all sizes of cars and crossovers. RVC wrote, “This is a joint project, developed in Auburn Hills with embedded Fiat engineers [despite the “Giorgio” name which indicates pure Italian development].” This matches past statements by Sergio Marchionne and some inside tips. Further development took place in Italy with embedded Chrysler engineers. The rear wheel drive midsized setup was officially approved in early 2013.

2019 dodge charger

In this highly flexible range, we expect:

  • Grand Cherokee and/or Wagoneer, labeled as new on the investors’ chart. Wagoneer has an extended wheelbase, starting in price where Grand Cherokee leaves off. The Durango is likely to continue in some form as well — could it move to the Ram basis?
  • Around 2018, the 2014 dodge barracudaDodge Journey is likely to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á la Maserati Levante. The current format (front wheel drive crossover) is likely to give way to a midsized Chrysler crossover based on the minivans, also selling as Fiat Freemont.
  • Dodge Avenger née Dodge Barracuda is the upcoming rear wheel drive midsized car (the name may change).
  • New Dodges may have been pushed back, partly so they can persuade critics that Chrysler had no part in the pricier Alfa Romeo Giulia, though of course it was an FCA corporate project involving both the US and Italy.
  • The Alfa Romeos use a slightly-larger-than-Chrysler stereo based on Linux rather than BSD-UNIX but probably using most of the same code as UConnect, with a revised user interface to hide the commonalities (note: the Giulia doesn’t use a touch screen but has gesture control). This is likely to make its way to Chrysler and Dodge, eventually, as an “Alfa Romeo system.”
  • Dodge Charger and Challenger might move over to the new platform instead of using the Maserati adaption of Chrysler’s large car platform and architecture, which largely differs in the front suspension, engines, and costlier parts and systems. We don't expect new Chargers and Challengers until model-year 2019.
  • The Dart is, according to Sergio Marchionne, being allowed to fade away after the end of 2016, replaced by a car designed and built by another company. We had been expecting the compact-FWD spot to be taken by the Chrysler 100 with an optional Hurricane turbo-four. We believe the Dart replacement may be an Eastern European Fiat.

Front wheel drive: CUSW, SUSW replace old models

The Town & Country replacement (Chrysler Pacifica) and an upcoming full sized crossover are based on the CUSW platform used for Cherokee and 200. It is close in size to the current Town & Country, so many CUSW parts can't be shared due to the change in width.

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The minivans and crossover have a front wheel drive powertrain with a nine-speed and the 3.6 V6; the AWD setup might use electric motors for the rear. We keep hearing that the old Dodge Caravan will continue alongside the new Town & Country to keep volumes up, until the crossover version is ready.

chrysler 100 rendering

Chrysler 100 and/or 100C, if it arrives in the US, is likely to be a true compact, smaller than the current Dart, on the SUSW platform; it appears by name in the plans, and will likely share quite a bit with the Fiat Aegea concept above. There is already a Fiat Tipo (same body) sold in Mexico as the Dodge Neon.

There are rumors of front wheel drive 300s which would share much with the minivans; the logic is that Dodge, as the muscle brand, should have rear drive. Having both front and rear wheel drive large cars was Chrysler’s plan as far back as the creation of the original LH series in the early 1990s, with the original Dodge Intrepid. Making the 300 a huge FWD car would differentiate it from the Dodges, as well as the Alfa Romeos and Maseratis. The car could be built at any of a number of plants, rather than being restricted to Brampton. That said, declining sedan sales may have scratched that plan.

A number of other cars were discussed at the 2015 dealer convention.

Dodge Viper, Chrysler Firepower

Firepower — a Chrysler badged Viper with no V10 — is almost certanly dead; among other things, the supercharged V8 will not fit. The Viper appears to be heading for the dustbin, at least in its current form. The plant is slated to be shut down in 2017. There will be a 2017 Viper. It is quite possible that the name will return in the future, on a platform shared with Alfa Romeo (and probably Maserati), though there has also been a very unsubstantiated rumor that it could move to the “Giorgio” platform (misleadingly named since it was jointly developed, US/Italy). In that case we suspect it would use the supercharged Hemi V8 which outpowers the current V10.

Past renderings

JackRatchett did a good job on this one, which was reasonably close to what was produced.

300C

With Alfa Romeo in full swing, Imperial seems unlikely, but who knows?

2017 imperial

2015 chrylser 300C

You can use your own judgment here.

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