Fiat, Chrysler to launch supermini sized models

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 4, 2011

Industry reports indicate that Fiat and Chrysler will soon launch Fiat’s compact SUV, the sibling of the baby Jeep that Autocar recently unveiled. This SUV is one of a series of all-new supermini sized models to come from these two companies. Efforts to form a lineup of highly advanced superminis will put an end to Fiat’s much-criticized offerings in the most significant market segment in Europe.

These new models will use a new platform that would mainly replace the architecture used under the Grand Punto, which was jointly developed by Fiat and GM. But then, the old Punto platform will continue to be used by aging models like the Lancia Musa compact MPV.

In addition, Fiat hasn’t made a replacement for the Multipla (which goes up against the Zafira) that’s based on a unique structure too. The new platform will be offered in the U.S. and Europe.

When used on the compact SUV model for Jeep and Fiat, out will come replacements for the old Fiat Idea MPV. The current Sedici, which is a badge-engineered version of the Suzuki SX4, will be replaced by the new compact Fiat SUV that’s set to go on sale in 2013.

This will serve as the basis for the next-generation Alfa Romeo Mito, which presently uses the Grand Punto/Corsa architecture. This is also what will replace the Grand Punto in the future.

The new architecture is described by Fiat boss Sergio Marchionne to be ‘leading-edge’. This will be set up at the Mirafiori factory in 2012 and it’s expected to be used as well at the Fiat plant in Serbia, which is producing the Mk2 Punto.

Topics: fiat, chrysler

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