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Upcoming Chrysler and Dodge cars (with some Jeeps)

Trucks, SUVs, and vansEngines. This page contains speculation. Updated December 26, 2017.

The Pipeline

oh2o wrote that the current pipeline is, using model years:

2019: Ram 1500 (DT), new performance packages on Charger and Challenger SRT392 and Hellcat, Jeep Cherokee (KL) refresh, Jeep Renegade (BU) refresh, Ram HD (DJ/D2) refresh, JT pickup. The Charger may get a "widebody" version similar to the Hellcat Widebody. (Other sources claim that the Hellcat is due for a minor horsepower bump.)

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2020: Jeep Grand Cherokee (WL), Dodge Durango (WE?), Grand Wagoneer/Wagoneer (WS), Stelvio-Journey replacement, Chrysler midsize CUV based on Jeep Grand Commander, Chrysler fullsize CUV (RD), Jeep K8 (Euro-Asia), Ram ProMaster (VG)

2021: Chrysler 300 (GX), Dodge Charger (GD), Dodge Challenger (GA), new Ram HD (DK/D3), Ram ProMaster City (VN)

2022: Dodge midsize RWD Sedan (G?), Portal based electric minivan (RE?)

RedRiderBob added: Ram HD moved back to 2021; current trucks will get a 2019 mild refresh. 2021 HDs may be built at Warren Truck. Saltillo Truck will get an upgrade to build additional Rams or possibly another SUV/CUV; could be switched over to unibody. Saltillo Van stays as is.

Also rumored: Ram-based Chrysler, new RWD Journey

The interim large cars

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The Chrysler and Dodge large cars (Challenger, Charger, 300) might still be updated for model-year 2019 to get updated Pentastar engines and other refinements for their final two or three years. Here's another rendering of what the 2019 Chrysler 300 may look like. (Sources are now saying the current versions will soldier on until they are replaced around 2020-21.)

The Chrysler Portal was, we were told, a preview of new styling themes to come - perhaps replacing the relatively low-key Pacifica's themes. Here's DarkSky's thought:

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Dodge, Alfa Romeo, and possibly Jeep are getting a new platform and architecture, for compact to large cars and crossovers.

RVC wrote, "This is a joint project, developed in Auburn Hills with embedded Fiat engineers [despite the "Giorgio" name which indicates Italian origins]." Sergio Marchionne has said this numerous times. Most development took place in Italy with embedded Chrysler engineers.

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In this highly flexible range, we expect:

  • Around 2018, the Dodge Journey is to be replaced by a rear wheel drive crossover, á la Maserati Levante; its role as a front wheel drive crossover is likely to go to a Chrysler, though the name may stay. Automotive News reported that the Journey would be made on the same line as the Stelvio and imported to the US, but this was likely a considered-and-dropped plan.

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  • Dodge Avenger / Dodge Barracuda is the upcoming rear wheel drive midsized car (the name may change). This is now actually expected to go into production around 2022-23, according to RedRiderbob

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  • A new Dodge Charger and Challenger seem to have been pushed back to 2020-21 (so they can persuade critics that Chrysler had no part in the pricier Alfa Romeo Giulia? Insiders say no, they just needed more time). The 2021 Charger and Challenger will have a base four-cylinder Hurricane turbo, and possibly a turbo six; Hemi options are likely to be the 392 and possibly the Hellcat.
  • The Alfa Romeos use a slightly-larger-than-Chrysler stereo based on Linux rather than BSD-UNIX but probably using most of the same code as UConnect, with a different user interface (the Giulia uses gesture control instead of a touch screen). This is likely to make its way to Chrysler and Dodge.

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As for the new 2021-or-so platform: "redriderbob" wrote that the cars will be roughly the same size. The front and rear overhangs of each car should get shorter, but the interior dimensions should stay similar. Lower weight will be addressed with lighter materials. There will be more "parasitic reduction" technology such as active grille shutters, variable rate oil pumps, etc.

He also wrote that Hemi power will remain - though not the 5.7. "The new cars will have a performance HEMI lineup for upper level models. A replacement for the 6.4L will make its debut [others believe this will be a turbo or supercharged 5.7]. There will be a smaller displacement powertrain, but not be a Pentastar turbo."

The Dodge Journey will change platform/architectures, go rear drive, and be much more performance focused - think Stelvio rather than Journey.

What about Chrysler? Well...

Chrysler crossovers and SUVs

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Three big Chrysler "tall wagons" are apparently planned...

  1. One based on a new vehicle based on the Jeep Cherokee, but made larger to support three rows in China (perhaps just two in the US). Sold as the Jeep Grand Commander in China, it would be a Chrysler in the US to avoid poaching Grand Cherokee sales and because it likely won't meet Jeep off-road standards. This would be the philosophical replacement for the current Dodge Journey.
  2. One based on the Pacifica, delayed till around 2019-20.
  3. One based on the next-generation Ram truck, to be built alongside the similar Wagoneer, at the old Warren Truck plant after it is renovated.

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Front wheel drive: CUSW

Around 2021-23, there may be a front wheel drive Chrysler car based on the Chrysler Pacifica. This is now quite dubious, and we believe the 300, if it does continue, will still be rear drive, sharing with the Charger and Challenger.

Here's what we think a front wheel drive 300 may look like. The main difference from the image at the top of this page is bringing the cab forward a bit more (no need to fit a V8), while leaving more room for the rear passengers.

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The Dodge Caravan continues into 2017, and will likely then be dropped. The Pacifica is to get a minor refresh in 2019, and the AWD setup (due around 2018-19) might use electric motors for the rear. A full-size crossover based on the Pacifica is likely to appear in 2018-19; and, finally, a midsize crossover based on the Jeep K8, with three rows, will take the traditional place of the current Dodge Journey. What's more, a small crossover with Portal styling is likely in the early 2020s.

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While the "Small" architectures have been lauded in Renegade and Tipo form, the CUSW setup has been praised in Cherokee and Pacifica form, and there may be one more car for it: the Dodge Journey replacement, to come out as a Chrysler (above). Will it be the Chrysler Voyager or the Chrysler Journey, or something completely different (Town & Country, even)? Only Auburn Hills - perhaps Turin - knows.

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Update: According to oh2o, the three-row, China-only Jeep K8 / Yuntu / Grand Commander, shown above, was more involved than just lengthening the Jeep Cherokee; and there is likely to be a Chrysler version for the United States, made alongside the Cherokee. Triple T wrote, "For China (K8), there will be unique tools for stamping and local sourcing of the plastic components, far cheaper then USA standard tools. There is opportunity for them to be unique in style; aside from things under the skin and glass, this model will likely be completely unique to Jeep and to China."

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Mike V. added, "K8 [Grand Commander] and Cherokee do not share front fascia, lights, hood, or fenders."

SUSW and Tipo: new smaller cars

Chrysler 100 and/or Newport, if it arrives in the US, is likely to be a true compact on the modified GM-Fiat SUSW platform - like the Fiat Tipo. The Tipo is sold in Mexico as the Dodge Neon, but the 100 was not just a Tipo rebadge/repower; it was a more extensive localization. There is allegedly a team in Mexico trying to convert the Tipo-Neon into a car suitable for sale in the US, with a standard Fiat 1.4 turbo (that engine so unloved by Americans).

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The new Jeep Compass, based on the same platform and architecture as the Renegade, has been launched with production in January 2017. Redriderbob, historically a good source, wrote: "Jeep engineers are working closely with Fiat engineers on this project."

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The Compass is to be built in Toluca, Mexico, Brazil (it's first location), China, and possibly India.

A number of other cars were discussed at the 2015 dealer convention.

CUSW Jeeps

See Grand Cherokee in "Upcoming Trucks and Large Jeeps."

The China-only Jeep K8 may show up in North America, most likely modified to be a Chrysler, around 2018-2019.

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The K8 was originally thought to be just a stretched Cherokee, but it's apparently been modified quite a bit - a story we keep hearing about FCA cars.

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The Jeep Cherokee is set for a model-year-2018 refresh as well, becoming more conventional in appearance; this is likely mainly a front and rear fascia swap, though we would not be surprised to see a more conventional AWD system put into place. The launch will likely take place in August 2017.

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The current form of the Viper is being dropped after the 2017 model year. The name may return in the future, on a platform shared with the Alfa Romeo Alfieri or perhaps even the Giulia. In that case we suspect it would use the supercharged Hemi V8, which outpowers the current V10. - RedRiderBob wrote in April 2017 that Dodge will get a new sports car on a platform shared with Alfa Romeo and Maserati.

Past and alternative renderings

See our main alternative-and-past-renderings page

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