Updated July 19, 2016 (large cars, Dart)
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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 upgrades. Here’s a rendering of what the 2019 Chrysler 300 may look like.
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 pure Italian development].” Sergio Marchionne has said as much, numerous times. Further development took place in Italy with embedded Chrysler engineers. The setup was officially approved in early 2013.
In this highly flexible range, we expect:
What about Chrysler? Well...
What about the Dart? The Dart is ending production in September 2016. The Dart replacement may be a second-generation Viaggio — essentially, a Dart with a cheaper suspension — or Ottimo — the same car in hatchback form.
The Chrysler Pacifica is here. Around 2021, there may be a front wheel drive Chrysler car based on it. A planned crossover has been delayed or shelved — and even before that, was moved from Chrysler to Dodge. The future AWD set might use electric motors for the rear.
Here’s what we think a front wheel drive 300 may look like, if the company chooses to do it. 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.
The Dodge Caravan will continue alongside the new Town & Country into 2017, and will likely then be dropped.
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.
The new Jeep Compass, based on the same platform and architecture as the Renegade, is due for calendar year 2017. Redriderbob, historically a good source, wrote: “Jeep engineers are working closely with Fiat engineers on this project. We will more likely see a diesel version of the replacement Compass/Patriot here in the US and Canada. They are also making sure this new Jeep is more capable then the ones it replaces.”
We now believe it will look like a Fiat 500X with a Grand Cherokee/Compass front clip. Most likely, they are going to stick with the current “mini Grand Cherokee” look to differentiate it from Renegade. We believe it will be 2.4-powered in the United States; internationally, it will likely have the full panoply of Fiat engines, including the Multijet diesels, e.TorQ for South America, and 1.4/1.4 Turbo for the rest of the world. The nine speed automatic is likely with the same front wheel drive and all wheel drive setups as the Renegade.
We expect the Compass to be built in Toluca, Mexico, but it could have been redirected to the Italian Renegade plant by now.
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 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.
JackRatchett did a good job on this one, which was reasonably close to what was produced.
A Dart GLH was shown in Nevada in August 2015, using a four-cylinder Hurricane turbo generating 300 horsepower. The Dart is, however, to be replaced (with production stopping in September 2016), by an import from an un-named “partner.” So is the Chrysler 200 (production stopping in December 2016).
With Alfa Romeo in full swing, Imperial seems unlikely, but who knows?
You can use your own judgment here.
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