In a recent report by Automotive News, we learned that FCA is no longer pursuing its original plans in using Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio architecture on both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger. Instead, it will be using the new platform that will underpin Maserati’s new sedan. Automotive News however didn’t name the source of this information.
It is also said that Fiat Chrysler Automotive will be giving both of its vehicle models the final refresh for the 2019 model year before the arrival of its all-new generation range two years after. By that time, the two Dodge models would have already moved on to Maserati Ghibli’s architecture and shall no longer use the ongoing models’ current platform. To add some new twists to the current vehicle lineups, FCA for now has cooked up some special edition packages both for the Dodge Charger and Challenger.
Suffice it to say, Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio RWD architecture will still be used on one of the upcoming generation’s Dodge model -- the Journey SUV. With its intentions in building the most driver-centric sport utility vehicle, FCA will be taking Alfa Rome Stelvio’s engine designs. The next generation SUV range is expected to arrive at the showrooms in 2019 and will soon be manufactured and produced in Italy. Currently, FCA is producing its SUVs in Mexico.
Meanwhile, Dogde’s Journey will be offered as a five-seater SUV in contrast to Dodge Durango’s three –row seven seat configuration. Add to that, FCA is reportedly redesigning the Dodge Durango in less than a couple of years from now and will come out as a 2019 model. The Dodge Grand Caravan will likewise be receiving some new updates for the 2019 model year to meet the current standards for safety.
It can be recalled that the mini van’s side air bags failed to comply with the strict air bag regulations only recently. While FCA had almost ended the Grand Caravan’s production just the previous month, nonetheless, it is set to make a fresh comeback this coming year and will continue to be sold in the market possibly until 2019.
FCA may still push through with its plans in simplifying Dodge’s vehicle lineup in the following years for the same reason we are no longer seeing some new replacements for its Dart sedan and Dodge Viper after discontinuing its production.
Moreover, we may no longer hear much about the highly anticipated Dodge Barracuda convertible for now since FCA will be focusing more on changing the Challenger and Charger’s architecture. If so, the two Dodge muscle cars will be adapting the M157 platform or that of the Ghibli which is a shorter version of Maserati’s Quattroporte.