CHRSYLER’S FUTURE PLANS A NEON, ASPEN AND HELLCAT 300

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Chrysler looks at crossovers and horsepower to keep sales alive.

Chrysler’s thin product lineup will be bolstered — eventually — with a pair of crossovers while its only sedan will stay on its current platform for another cycle.

Tipo/Neon: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has studied importing the compact Fiat Tipo sedan into the U.S. from Europe and likely rebadging it as a Chrysler Neon. However, no plan has been announced.

200: Production of the 200 midsize sedan has ended. It will not be replaced.

300: Sources say a planned redesign of the LX-based 300 onto the Giorgio platform, originally scheduled for 2020, has been scrapped. Instead, designers will do a major freshening of the 300 in 2019 in hopes of shedding weight and improving fuel economy. The addition of a turbocharged four-cylinder is a strong possibility to augment an improved V-6 to help get the job done. In the meantime, Chrysler will put a Hellcat engine in its luxury sedan in late 2018 because why not?

Pacifica: The well-regarded Chrysler Pacifica minivan will be freshened in 2020.

Midsize crossover: The front-wheel-drive midsize crossover, to be built at FCA’s Belvidere Assembly Plant in Illinois beginning in 2019, will share a platform with the Jeep Cherokee and have three rows of seating, similar to the Dodge Journey.

Portal: Chrysler’s electric and autonomous minivan concept received high praise when it debuted in January. FCA realizes it must get into the electric vehicle business eventually, if only to meet regulatory requirements in states such as California, and the Portal would be a competitive offering. However, there are no announced plans to move toward production.

Full-size crossover: Plans call for Chrysler to resurrect the Aspen name in 2021 for a full-size, three-row crossover on the Pacifica platform.

Source: AutoWeek

 

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