It's C-RVish looking. Could be an early prototype for the Hornet. Who knows? they might surprise us with a Chrysler CUV. (Aspen?)
Yes, I just went with a friend who was car shopping at CarMax.I don't have much of a problem with the Renegade but don't cross-shop with Hyundai.
That's why I think it's a 500X, Renegade update, or maybe Hornet based closely on Renegade, so closely you can't tell with the grille covered up. And, again, nothing wrong with that. Shove in the 2.0T and suspension upgrades to match it, and you have a very credible Dodge.It could be a restyled 500X under all that camo.
Exactly!Those are totally generic tail-lights. It would be interesting if all this led up to just an updated, rebadged Renegade.
Which wouldn't be the worst thing in the world, really. Retune it, change the interior and exterior styling, up the power, you have a pretty decent car.
PSA would indeed do a Chrysler as well, while they were at it. Just a quick differentiating thought:Exactly!
What you would end up with is the new Dodge Hornet / Chrysler (insert name here)
So no mainstream American brand one with a 1.5T? There needs to be an end to these FCA style management decisions, Dodge has to be restored. You can't just go after RDX and RDX A spec while leaving nothing to compete with CR-V.PSA would indeed do a Chrysler as well, while they were at it. Just a quick differentiating thought:
500X: 1.3T engine, FWD, lighter weight body
Renegade: 1.3T engine, AWD only; 2.0T optional in Trailhawk model; beefed up body
Hornet: 2.0T only, AWD only, lighter weight body, suspension tuned for handling, transmission and engine tuned for performance and 0-60 times
Chrysler: 2.0T only, same body as Hornet, suspension tuned for comfort, transmission and engine tuned for responsiveness in normal/gentle driving (engine optimized for low horsepower response)
You got it backwards again. Chrysler goes after NX and RDX, Dodge after RAV4 and CR-V, so Dodge needs both, Chrysler just the 2.0T. Remember FCA's marketing equation Dodge = high performance is dead.I'm just tossing out thoughts here. These aren't real plans. I forgot the 1.5T even existed for a moment. So Hornet 2.0T, Chrysler 1.5T. Point is I do suspect we will see greater use of the same basic bodies with differentiation in tuning, engines, looks, and features.
You're assuming things I'm not assuming. First, I'm not assuming Dodge can swap on a dime, or that Chrysler still has a major reputation for being upscale. I don't think Chrysler can go after Lexus or Mercedes any more, and anyway Alfa Romeo and Maserati are in those slots now.You got it backwards again. Chrysler goes after NX and RDX, Dodge after RAV4 and CR-V, so Dodge needs both, Chrysler just the 2.0T. Remember FCA's marketing equation Dodge = high performance is dead.
Chrysler and Dodge can share some body panels, neither should have Jeep's top of a hexagon wheel arches or high roofs.