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200 vs Dart, Giulietta

by David Zatz on

Some journalists and forum posters have talked about how close the Chrysler 200 is to the Dodge Dart and Alfa Romeo Giulietta — the latter being the first car on the new compact-and-midsize core dimensions developed by Fiat, which were the basis for the “CUSW” core dimensions shared by Cherokee, Dart, and 200. One major difference between the two sets of dimensions is vehicle width, the “W” in “CUSW.”

2015 Chrysler 200 chief engineer Mitch Clauw told Allpar correspondent A.J. Morning about some of the differences between the cars, aside from the obvious powertrain separations. First, “The Dart is a non-isolated rear bi-link suspension. This [the 200] is a four-link, completely independent, completely isolated rear suspension. There’s no commonality at all.”

The Alfa Romeo Giulietta, which was mentioned in the 200’s press release: “FIAT Group architecture – complements of the award-winning Alfa Romeo Giulietta – is the basis for the underpinnings of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200.” Mr. Clauw said:

The dual-pinion electronic steering system is very common with the Giulietta. Because the Giulietta is a very narrow car and this is a wider car because it’s a D, the Giulietta is a very small C so there’s very little that we could use actually the exact same parts. We have really not a lot of commonality with Giulietta, just the basic steering system.

Then the front suspension is similar to theirs. It’s MacPherson-based, but the geometry is different for this vehicle because of the powertrains it takes, etc. We have a different roll center.  . . . the Alfa, it’s like more of a go-kart, extremely biased towards handling and very little towards drive. This vehicle had to balance both, so we had to change the geometry.

Read the full interview: 2015 Chrysler 200 Chief Engineer Mitch Clauw at the 2014 DC Auto Show 

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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