Chrysler preparing new rwd mid-sized sedan

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

As it turned out, the viability plan submitted by Chrysler to the US Treasury last February is filled with details about the carmaker's plans for the future. Included in the documents are details not only on the Chrysler 300, a next-generation model, and the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, but also outlined details of some of Fiat's models that they plan to bring to North America.

One example of these models is an all-new sedan which will be designed and built stateside but will be patterned after the underpinnings of the Fiat C-Evo, and which is also used currently in the Fiat Bravo and the impending Alfa Romeo Milano.

Besides this sedan, Chrysler is also contemplating on releasing its latest RWD sedan to take over the place of poor performer Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Avenger. Some of the available options for the sedan consist of a lengthened variant of the underpinnings of the Fiat D-Evo, which is also fitted in the Alfa Romeo 159 sedan, plus Opel-sourced underpinnings.

There are reports saying that, if all is well, Chrysler would most probably be using the shorter underpinnings of the LX RWD intended for its 200C EV Concept showcased during the Detroit Auto Show last January.

The LX is used in models like the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Charger. It has been suggested that development could be done a lot quicker when there is components sharing like powertrains and suspension units from Fiat and fitting them in the shorted LX underpinnings.

With the presence of a less expensive RWD model in the mid-size sedan class, Chrysler will be provided a fairly unique product in one of the most profitable, and highly competitive, division in the automotive business.

Although the project has not yet received the green light, it is clear that Chrysler needs a new model for the mid-size sedan class. As production draws to a close at the Michigan-based Sterling Heights plant in the latter part of 2010, both Sebring and Avenger models will cease to be produced.

Topics: chrysler, rwd, sedan

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