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Update: one more L-car refresh?

by David Zatz on

Allpar has been reporting that Dodge and Chrysler will stick with their current large car designs until 2020 or so, when new “Giorgio” based cars will debut. Automotive News has just confirmed this plan, basing their report on two sources, bolstered by the company’s new union contract.

2019 Chrysler 300C
DarkSky provided this rendering, which makes minimal changes which still have a major impact. The headlight design was modernized and streamlined, integrating LEDs better; and the “bumper” was moved up, making a smaller upper grille and a larger lower grille. The result is a sleeker look that changes no major stampings and is still recognizable.

Despite its name, “Giorgio” was a joint effort involving both major FCA groups — the former Fiat and the former Chrysler.  The first crossover based on it is the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, to be launched in Los Angeles; a similar Dodge Journey replacement should appear in a year or two.

Automotive News speculated that the Dodge versions would be wider and larger, and it seems likely that Maserati will abandon their unique spur of the LX platform/architecture to join Alfa Romeo and Dodge. There is still considerable speculation about Chrysler, and whether that brand would get a Pacifica-derived sedan, a rear driver, or nothing at all.  The Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 are both selling well for their class.

Given that the Barracuda trademark is still being renewed, it seems possible that Dodge may get a midsize car on the same platform sooner rather than later, sold as a niche, stopgap solution and built in Italy.

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