Trucks, SUVs, and vans • Engines. This page contains speculation. Updated April 26, 2017.
The Chrysler and Dodge large cars (Challenger, Charger, 300) might still be updated for model-year 2019 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. (Sources are now saying the current versions will soldier on until they are replaced around 2020-21.)
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:
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.
In this highly flexible range, we expect:
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...
Around 2021-23, there may be a front wheel drive Chrysler car based on the Chrysler Pacifica. This is now quite dubious, and we believe the 300, if it does continue, will still be rear drive, sharing with the Charger and Challenger.
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.
The Dodge Caravan continues into 2017, and will likely then be dropped. The Pacifica is to get a minor refresh in 2019, and the AWD setup (due around 2018-19) might use electric motors for the rear. A full-size crossover based on the Pacifica is likely to appear in 2018-19; and, finally, a midsize crossover based on the Jeep K8, with three rows, will take the traditional place of the current Dodge Journey. What’s more, a small crossover with Portal styling is likely in the early 2020s.
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 (above). Will it be the Chrysler Voyager or the Chrysler Journey, or something completely different (Town & Country, even)? Only Auburn Hills — perhaps Turin — knows.
Update: According to oh2o, the three-row, China-only Jeep K8, shown above, was more involved than just lengthening the Jeep Cherokee; and there is likely to be a Chrysler version for the United States, made alongside the Cherokee. Triple T wrote, “For China (K8), there will be unique tools for stamping and local sourcing of the plastic components, far cheaper then USA standard tools. There is opportunity for them to be unique in style; aside from things under the skin and glass, this model will likely be completely unique to Jeep and to China.”
Mike V. added, “K8 and Cherokee do not share front fascia, lights, hood, or fenders.”
Chrysler 100 and/or Newport, if it arrives in the US, is likely to be a true compact on the modified GM-Fiat 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).
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.”
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.
See Grand Cherokee in “Upcoming Trucks and Large Jeeps.”
The China-only Jeep K8 may show up in North America, most likely modified to be a Chrysler, around 2018-2019.
The K8 was originally thought to be just a stretched Cherokee, but it’s apparently been modified quite a bit — a story we keep hearing about FCA cars.
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.
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. — RedRiderBob wrote in April 2017 that Dodge will get a new sports car on a platform shared with Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
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