Upcoming Chrysler and Dodge cars (with some Jeeps)

Trucks, SUVs, and vansEngines. This page contains speculation. Updated February 28, 2017.

The interim large cars

2019 Chrysler 300C

The Chrysler and Dodge large cars (Challenger, Charger, 300) are to be updated for model-year 2019, a bit later than expected, to get updated Pentastar engines and other refinements — for their final two or three years. Here’s another rendering of what the 2019 Chrysler 300 may look like.

2019 Chrysler 300

The Chrysler Portal was, we were told, a preview of new styling themes to come — perhaps replacing the relatively low-key Pacifica’s themes. Here’s DarkSky’s thought:

300 portal

Dodge, Alfa Romeo, and possibly Jeep are getting a new platform and architecture, for compact to large cars and crossovers. RVC wrote, “This is a joint project, developed in Auburn Hills with embedded Fiat engineers [despite the “Giorgio” name which indicates Italian origins].” Sergio Marchionne has said this numerous times. Most development took place in Italy with embedded Chrysler engineers. The setup was officially approved in early 2013.

2019 dodge charger

In this highly flexible range, we expect:

  • Around 2018, the Dodge Journey is to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á la Maserati Levante; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler. The Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover is pretty much here; according to Automotive News, the Journey will be made on the same line as the Stelvio and imported to the US.

2014 dodge barracuda

  • Dodge Avenger / Dodge Barracuda is the upcoming rear wheel drive midsized car (the name may change). This is now actually expected to go into production around 2021.

dodge avenger rendering

  • A new Dodge Charger and Challenger have been pushed back to 2021 or so (so they can persuade critics that Chrysler had no part in the pricier Alfa Romeo Giulia? Insiders say no, they just needed more time). The 2021 Charger and Challenger will have a base four-cylinder turbo, and a top-end turbo V6. There may no longer be a Hemi option. Note: Automotive News wrote that the fully new Charger and Challenger are coming in 2018.
  • 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 different user interface (the Giulia uses gesture control instead of a touch screen). This is likely to make its way to Chrysler and Dodge, eventually, as an “Alfa Romeo system.”

SRT Barracuda

As for the new 2021-or-so platform: “redriderbob” wrote that the cars will be roughly the same size. The front and rear overhangs of each car should get shorter, but the interior dimensions should stay similar. Lower weight will be addressed with lighter materials. There will be more “parasitic reduction” technology such as active grille shutters, variable rate oil pumps, etc.

He also wrote that Hemi power will remain — though not the 5.7. “The new cars will have a performance HEMI lineup for upper level models. A replacement for the 6.4L will make its debut [others believe this will be a turbo or supercharged 5.7]. There will be a smaller displacement powertrain, but not be a Pentastar turbo.”

What about Chrysler? Well...

Front wheel drive: CUSW

Around 2021, there may be a front wheel drive Chrysler car based on the Chrysler Pacifica. A planned crossover has been delayed. The future AWD set might use electric motors for the rear.

Here’s what we think a front wheel drive 300 may look like. The main difference from the image at the top of this page is bringing the cab forward a bit more (no need to fit a V8), while leaving more room for the rear passengers.

2021 chrysler 300

The Dodge Caravan will continue alongside the new Town & Country into 2017, and will likely then be dropped.

While the “Small” architectures have been lauded in Renegade and Tipo form, the CUSW setup has been praised in Cherokee and Pacifica form, and there may be one more car for it: the Dodge Journey replacement, to come out as a Chrysler. Will it be the Chrysler Voyager or the Chrysler Journey, or something completely different (Town & Country, even)? Only Auburn Hills — perhaps Turin — knows.

journey

SUSW and Tipo: new smaller cars

Chrysler 100 and/or Newport, if it arrives in the US, is likely to be a true compact on the SUSW platform — like the Fiat Tipo. The Tipo is sold in Mexico as the Dodge Neon, but the 100 was not just a Tipo rebadge/repower; it was a more extensive localization. There is allegedly a team in Mexico trying to convert the Tipo-Neon into a car suitable for sale in the US, with a standard Fiat 1.4 turbo (that engine so unloved by Americans).

dodge neon

The new Jeep Compass, based on the same platform and architecture as the Renegade, has been launched with production in January 2017. Redriderbob, historically a good source, wrote: “Jeep engineers are working closely with Fiat engineers on this project.”

2017 Jeep Compass

The Compass is to be built in Toluca, Mexico, Brazil (it's first location), China, and possibly India.

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

The Jeep Cherokee is set for a model-year-2018 refresh as well, becoming more conventional in appearance; this is likely mainly a front and rear fascia swap, though we would not be surprised to see a more conventional AWD system put into place. The launch will likely take place in August 2017.

2018 cherokee rendering

2018 Jeep cherokee rendering

Viper

The current form of the Viper is being dropped after the 2017 model year. The name may return in the future, on a platform shared with the Alfa Romeo Alfieri or perhaps even the Giulia. In that case we suspect it would use the supercharged Hemi V8, which outpowers the current V10.

Past and alternative renderings

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