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Photo tour of the FCA Core brands at NAIAS 2019

by Patrick Rall on

The world debut of the next generation Ram Heavy Duty pickups was arguably the biggest news from yesterday’s opening of the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but even without any new vehicle introductions, the other FCA Core brands have an impressive layout of vehicles. As always, Dodge has a huge spread of high performance machines, offering more raw power than any other brand on display in Cobo Hall.

Dodge Entry

This year marks the final time that the North American International Auto Show will be held in Detroit’s winter, as the 2020 show will be held during the summer. With all of the major auto shows being spread out during the colder months and no major shows in the summer, the shift for Detroit makes good sense. It will be the only major show in the summer and best of all, it means that attendees won’t have to deal with Detroit in the winter. Unfortunately, the winter-holding of the Detroit auto show is not going out with a bang, as 2019 didn’t have all that many huge debuts.

New Ram HD Lineup

The biggest introductions this week were the new Toyota Supra, the new Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the next generation Ford Explorer and, of course, the next generation Ram Heavy Duty. There were other big debuts, such as the long-awaited arrival of the Subaru WRX STI S209, but aside from Ram, none of the FCA Core brands had anything to introduce.

Blue Dodge Charger


That being said, Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Fiat all share a sprawling portion of Cobo Hall that drew tons of attention during the media days and they are sure to draw big crowds when the show opens to the public next week. For those of you who can’t make it to Detroit, here is a tour-in-pictures of the FCA area at the 2019 North American International Auto Show. Below, you will find a rundown of each core brand along with a few pictures, but there is a full gallery at the end of the piece.


The Chrysler brand only has two vehicles right now – the Pacifica and the 300. With the Pacifica being one of the company’s bread and butter vehicles, it is prominently featured in a variety of trim levels, as well as in hybrid form.

Pacifica Lineup

The 300 is also on display, but the minivans are the star of the Chrysler brand.


Next to Chrysler is the smallest FCA brand in terms of vehicle size and that, of course, is Fiat.

500 Abarth

The Italian compact brand is highlighting its popular 500X, but the 124 Spyder and 500 are both on display in their sexy, sporty Abarth trim.



Clear at the opposite side of the large FCA display is the Jeep brand.

Wrangler Front on Rocks

All of the Trail Rated models are on display, but as you might imagine, the Wrangler and Renegade are the highlighted vehicles for the brand.

Renegade in Orange


Next to the Jeep brand is Ram.

Ram 1500 and HD

This area was filled with the media viewing area when we were at the show, so it will most certainly look different when the public arrives later this week, but you can expect a hefty dose of the strongest trucks in America.

New Ram 3500 DRW

Both the 1500 and the new Heavy Duty will be well-represented and the Ram brand is sure to be one of the busiest during the public show days.


The centerpiece of the huge FCA corner display at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show is the Dodge brand and as you might expect, this area is all about power.

Challenger 1320 Front

As you enter the area, you are greeted by the Challenger 1320 on one side and the Durango SRT on the other. In the middle is the Hellcat Charger and beyond that, on the turntable, is the 797-horsepower Redeye Challenger.

Challenger Redeye

Behind this front line of high performance monster is an array of other Charger, Challenger and Durango models with V8 engines of varying sizes, along with a few Pentastar-powered vehicles.

Plum Crazy Dodge Charger

Dodge also has a simulator setup again this year, giving attendees a chance to “drive” a Hellcat Redeye Widebody in Bondurant Racing School livery on the panel of screens while sitting in the actual car. The brand has had something like this for the past few years now and it is always very popular.



Finally, tucked in the back corner of the FCA display, behind the Dodge area, is the small Mopar booth.

Hellephant Super Charger

This is where you will find the most powerful vehicle in the entire auto show in the form of the Hellephant-powered Dodge Super Charger from the 2018 SEMA Show. Packing a 1,000-horsepower Hemi crate engine, this car – while not production-friendly – is the strongest vehicle on display in Detroit.


The Hellephant-powered vintage muscle car is joined by a Ram Rebel and a Jeep Wrangler, both of which have been modified by Mopar, along with the Hellcrate and Hellephant crate engine displays.


Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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