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Chrysler 100 to share with Renegade?

by David Zatz on

Recent announcements from FCA indicate that the small Chrysler 100 sedan may share its core platform with the Jeep Renegade and Fiat 500X rather than with the Dodge Dart. This would allow the car to be smaller and lighter, giving it better gas mileage and separating it further from the nearly-midsized Dart.

Chances are the Chrysler 100 would be positioned at the top off the segment in features and feel, but mid-market in price.

If Chrysler values its premium image (among some customers) and sales over fuel economy, the 100 is likely to forgo Fiat’s 1.4 liter engines in the United States and Canada, in favor of the domestic 2.0 or 2.4 liter four-cylinder; Americans have shown little patience for the 1.4 liter Fiat engines, turbocharged or not, in anything that weighs more than the 500. The 2.0 would provide better economy than the 2.4, and the nine-speed transmission would make it work.

The turbocharged Hurricane Four could be a late addition, if it can be made to fit (and survive, given its extra heat) especially if the base four-cylinder is criticized.

Susan Rand’s image, above, is based on the dimensions of the Fiat 500X.


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