The release of two Maseratis may provide some clues as to what the future holds for big Chrysler cars. The Ghibli, in particular, is roughly the size of the Chrysler 300C, but there much of the resemblance ends. It has its own engines, two turbocharged gasoline V-types and one modified VM diesel; and it has many unique features and different body style. Still, like the current Charger and 300C, Maserati has a double-wishbone front suspension and a five-arm multilink system — but it has been set up very differently, for sportier handling and a lighter feel.
Based on these choices, and keeping in mind that Maserati has a different cost equation, it seems likely that the suspensions of the large Chrysler cars will not be completely redesigned when the current line is finally shut down. Instead, we now expect that they will be substantially altered, with major changes to their geometry and mounting points, but not junked. The double-wishbone front and five-link rear will move around and probably be re-engineered, but the basic format is likely to remain.
To create this image, JackRatchett crossed the 1999 Charger concept with the current Charger and recent Alfa concept car trends, given that Chrysler, Alfa, and Maserati have an aggressive target for sharing core designs.
Allpar’s informal sources have agreed that there are plans for a new Dodge Viper ACR, debuting for the 2016 model year, possibly replacing the current TA (Time Attack) model. Artist suzq044 provided the following rendering, which uses SRT’s trademark black wheels and a Dodge concept-car semi-rendering. The Viper ACR may have a mild power boost, but will be mainly a suspension and/or airflow upgrade, to increase track [...]
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
Keeping a years-long tradition, Chrysler today released a number of “teaser images” for concepts to be revealed at the SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Each brand is covered, though Chrysler has but one car — the 200S. That can be explained by the status of the brand’s three cars: the 2015 300 has yet to be launched, and the [...]
The 2017 Jeep Wrangler may leave its historic steel body-on-frame construction and Toledo plant behind, according to Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne, as quoted by Automotive News’ Larry Vellequette. The current Wrangler has good mileage for rugged four wheel drive vehicles, but poor economy overall, at around 17/21 mpg (depending on model and transmission). Mr. Marchionne said the Wrangler will need to lose weight [...]
Dodge has released pricing for the full Charger lineup, starting with the V6/eight-speed Dodge Charger SE at $28,990 (all prices include $995 destination for the “49 states”). Charger was thoroughly renovated for the 2015 model year, with a new look, suspension and electronics revisions, a standard eight-speed automatic for ever engine, and other upgrades. The top Charger, the SRT Hellcat, has [...]