In the next few years, the Chrysler and Lancia brands will be closely intertwined as they will be selling similar versions of large, mid-sized and compact sedans and maybe even a minivan.
In North America, the United Kingdom and Ireland, the brand that will be sold primarily is Chrysler. But in continental Europe, it will be Lancia that will be predominantly available.
Chrysler will receive a new compact sedan constructed on the Fiat CUSW platform that also supports the new Dodge compact. This Chrysler compact is believed to be set to be released in 2013 as a 2014 model year vehicle.
It will join a segment where Chrysler doesn’t have an entry yet. CEO Sergio Marchionne changed the name of the Sebring to 200 due to the extensive styling and engineering revisions applied on it. In 2013, the 200 will be replaced by a Fiat-based sedan.
The Fiat-based sedan is expected to be the first vehicle to be fitted with Chrysler's six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
It was in 2011 that the flagship 300 sedan was redesigned and re-engineered but the 2012 model year is expected to get more improvements such as a new instrument display as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s supplied by ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
The new S series 300 would be where the eight-speed is expected to debut. In the fall, the 300 SRT8 will go on sale. The SRT8 is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that delivers 470 hp and it has been equipped with a 19-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.