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Upcoming Chrysler and Dodge cars (with some Jeeps)

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

The interim large cars

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.

2019 Chrysler 300

One rear wheel drive architecture to rule them all

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.

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 2018-20, the Dodge Journey is likely to become a rear wheel drive crossover, á la Maserati Levante, possibly changing its name to Durango; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler. The Fiat Freemont may split off and use a lengthened 500X chassis, by way of the Fiat Toro.

2014 dodge barracuda

  • Dodge Avenger née Dodge Barracuda is the upcoming rear wheel drive midsized car (the name may change).
  • 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.
  • 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.”

What about Chrysler? Well...

Front wheel drive: CUSW, SUSW replace old models

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.

2018 dodge dart

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.

pacifica minivan

The Dodge Caravan will continue alongside the new Town & Country for some time.

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 is talk of a front wheel drive large car replacing the Chrysler 300 in 2021. 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.

2021 chrysler 300

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

Dodge 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 renderings

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


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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