Rather than using its platforms for small Chrysler and Dodge vehicles, Fiat has decided to expand its range in North America. Fiat, the majority owner of Chrysler, unveiled an extensive product plan for the five divisions (Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram) it has that are present in the U.S. and Canada. Fiat had recently made a presentation to investors in Detroit.
It’s possible that what is a new “model” for Fiat and Chrysler may just be a variation of an existing model such as what they have with Fiat 500 (hardtop) and Fiat 500c (cabriolet). Among the plans that the automaker outlined is what’s in store for Alfa Romeo in the U.S. The brand will start off with a 4C later this year. This marks Alfa Romeo’s U.S. comeback. It doesn’t count the short stint about two years ago of the 8C Competizione. The 4C will then be followed by four models. In 2015, it will release the 159 replacement to rival the BMW 3-Series. The fifth will arrive in 2016.
Chrysler will continue to develop its own platforms rather than utilizing Fiat architecture for three new, small models that were anticipated in 2013. The 300 sedan is likely to get a major update for 2014. It’s not yet known what happens after but four all-new models are slated to arrive in 2014 and 2015. It’s believed that a 200 sedan, a 200 convertible and a Town & Country will comprise three of those.
For Dodge, a couple of Fiat-based Dodge small cars have been discontinued. Rather, Dodge will launch a refreshed model in 2013, two refreshes in 2014 (expected to be the Charger and Challenger), a refresh and an all-new model in 2015 and an all-new model in 2016. Fiat, the namesake division, will experience the biggest diversion from before. In 2015, six new Fiat models will be arriving while another will follow in 2016. It should be noted that there won’t be six nameplates. Instead, there will be several variations on a refreshed Fiat 500. In addition, there will be at least two new models that won't feature 500 badging or styling cues.
What’s planned for the Jeep is that a Liberty replacement will be ended but a refreshed Compass is expected to soon be out. An all-new model that’s built on a Fiat platform to replace the Patriot will arrive in 2014. There will be two all new models slated for 2015 and two others are expected for 2016. There will also be a refreshed model (likely of the Liberty successor) for 2016. For the Ram division, a model based on a Fiat is scheduled for 2014. While in 2015, a mild refresh of the larger Ram trucks is expected. Two all new models will be arriving in 2016. Three refreshed models arrive in 2014 will be coming from SRT, the performance line of Chrysler. These would be more along the lines of Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge C.