A lineup of rear-drive Alfa Romeos may be created due to Chrysler's quest to find the fitting replacement for the Dodge Challenger. It is rumored that a new-age Barracuda is being designed by Chrysler design chief Ralph Gilles to replace the Challenger. The Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, the two big rivals of the Challenger, are due to receive major updates in the 2015 model year.
Mustang will continue on Ford's last remaining rear-drive car platform and is largely anticipated to replace its present live rear axle with an independent rear suspension.
Camaro's new Alpha platform has been seen as a preview in the Cadillac ATS to be sold later this year as well as in the Chevy Code 130R concept. The Challenger uses the Dodge Charger/Chrysler 300's last-generation platform and is the largest car in this segment by far. It measures 197.7 inches long on a 116.0-inch wheelbase that is shorter than the Charger's wheelbase by 4.2 inches.
The Challenger has this length since it had to copy the 1970-'74 Dodge Challenger's proportions while making use of the Charger's tall front cowl. A replacement for the Barracuda would continue to be built on a RWD platform but would be a lot trimmer. It’s reported that Chrysler and Fiat are jointly developing a new platform that's smaller than the current Charger/300's LY.
Gilles' Barracuda would be a much less literal interpretation of its namesake, which came in three separate body style designs from 1964 to 1974. This means that there are plenty of styling cues for the new car, which will not be getting a retro look. A source said that Gilles had “always wanted to do a new Barracuda."