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Fiat platforms disappearing, Ram/Jeep staying

by David Zatz on

According to Automotive News Europe, Fiat’s small and compact platforms, which underpin all Fiat cars and crossovers (as well as the Jeep Renegade, Compass, and Cherokee), are going to be jettisoned in favor of Peugeot’s newer CMP and EMP2 platform/architectures.

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The once-home-run Fiat 500 and Panda are being dropped entirely, along with the Lancia Ypsilon—a move which may spell the end of Lancia. That could be bad news for Chrysler brand followers, who could point to Lancia as an example of a mothballed brand. The move makes sense since Peugeot is not replacing their own minicars.

Giorgio will escape this change, at least for larger cars. So will the Jeep Wagoneers, Ram pickups and chassis cabs, and Wrangler and Gladiator, and commercial vans. A new pickup developed by Peugeot and Dongfeng is also still on the way for a 2020 launch; if it’s the right size, it might be sold as a Ram in various countries.

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CMP covers everything from small compacts on down; the first car on the platform/architecture was launched last year. Cars using CMP include the DS 3 Crossback, new Peugeot 208 and 2008, and the next Opel Corsa (sold as a Vauxhall in British markets).

EMP2, which starts where CMP leaves off in compacts and moves up to compact cars, started with the 2017 Peugeot 3008, and is also on the 508, 5008, DS 7, Citroën C5 Aircross, and Opel Grandland. Alfa Romeo may get a crossover version in two years.

Based on an Automotive News Europe report.

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