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New Fiat Presages Chrysler 100

by David Zatz on

Fiat is replacing its old Linea with an almost completely new compact sedan based on the Chrysler-modified SUSW (Small US-Wide) platform, a modification of the old Fiat/GM SCSS platform. Allpar sources had already suggested that the Chrysler 100 would be based on SUSW, not the CUSW platform used by Chrysler 200, Jeep Cherokee, and, if rumors are correct, next-generation minivans.

fiat aegea SUSW  compact car

FCA premiered its new “Fiat Aegea” in Istanbul today; the name is a project name and the company said it would not be used on the actual car (given the appearance, it will not be yet another addition to the Fiat 500 lineup, but may be part of a new “sub-brand.”) The car bears many stylistic resemblances to current and past Chrysler models, with the grille bearing some relation to Dodge Durango and Chrysler 200.  Raised “character lines” on the hood and roof bring the old Sebring, Crossfire, and Chrysler Aspen “strakes” to mind. The tail resembles numerous other cars, including some past Chryslers and Toyotas, with vertically asymmetrical tail-lights with elements on both fender and trunk.

The steering wheel and gauge cluster design bear a striking resemblance to recent Chrysler designs, though there are only so many ways to lay out a gauge cluster. The climate controls and auxiliary buttons are clearly Fiat’s.

fiat aegea-dashboard

The car will be sold in 40 countries, and was developed with Fiat’s Turkish partner for construction in the Bursa, Turkey plant — which has been awarded a gold medal in Fiat’s “World Class Manufacturing” system. The name “Aegea” is a tribute to Turkey, a “symbolic bridge between East and West.”

Fiat Aegea compact car

The car is to be sold in November, starting in Turkey, with the usual variety of Fiat gasoline and diesel engines, ranging up from 95 to 120 hp. If the Chrysler 100 is based on it, a Chrysler 2.0 turbo engine is most likely to be used in that car.  The car will have  five-inch UConnect system and TomTom navigation. Fiat wrote that it was created by a team of over 2,000 people over three years.

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