New Dodge compact sedan will show how Fiat technology will be adapted to North American tastes

Article by Christian A., on August 5, 2011

After a product lineup revamp in 2011, Chrysler Group is preparing to open the second act of its revival next year, unveiling the first Chrysler Group-branded vehicle unit based on a Fiat platform and powered by a Fiat engine -- a Dodge compact sedan, the replacement for the Caliber.

This is the most valuable vehicle in the revival because it will display how well engineers can adapt the European platforms and technology of Fiat to North American tastes.

Company engineers built the platform for the Dodge sedan by widening and lengthening Fiat's high-volume compact platform. The revised platform is called the CUSW for Compact U.S. Wide.

It will spawn a range of mid-sized and compact vehicles for Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge. The Dodge will compete with Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus in a vital segment where Chrysler has not been competitive.

Customers of Chrysler Group who have gotten used to big vehicles with high-performing gas-guzzling engines will see a huge change within the next two years.

Chrysler will offer two families of four-cylinder engines with turbocharging and an array of fuel-saving automatic transmissions, such as the eight-speed, the nine-speed and the six-speed dual clutch. In addition, the company is not confirming whether diesels could be far behind.

Chrysler, which has been off the radar screen of customers who want eco-friendly rides, is attempting to make a case that it deserves serious consideration. The performance of the company in executing these next-generation Fiat-based units will determine how compelling the argument of Chrysler is.

Topics: dodge, sedan, fiat

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Are you a big fan of legendary boxer Mike Tyson, the former heavyweight world champion? Or are you a big fan of the iconic Ferrari F50? Either way, you will...
by - February 24, 2017
It seems that AM-RB 001 hypercar is not the only vehicle project that Aston Martin and Red Bull Racing has gone into. This time, don’t expect something as outlandish as...
by - February 24, 2017
The year 2018 marks the golden anniversary of Subaru of America. Of course, the company will celebrate 50 years of being at the helm of the brand’s crusade in North...
by - February 24, 2017
During car crashes and accidents, there are times that its occupants can’t get out easily. There are times when the only way to get out of that situation is to...
by - February 23, 2017
Could this be a special version of Ferrari’s much acclaimed LaFerrari? No matter how we look at it, the patent images for this sports car from Ferrari indicate its striking...
by - February 23, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries