Chrysler’s five-year product and business plan won’t be officially announced until next Wednesday, but the leaks have begun already. The Wall Street Journal was so curious about Chrysler’s product plan, they were able to squeeze a few broad strokes out of “people briefed on the plans.”
Next year, Chrysler’s new 300/Charger and Grand Cherokee/Durango will hit the market (unless they don’t). The Jeep Commander will celebrate by going to the big Rubicon Trail in the sky.
“By 2012,” a host of Chrysler’s worst products will be canceled. Chrysler PT Cruiser and Sebring are headed for the exits, while Jeep Compass and Patriot will join the Commander in the afterlife. Dodge will be slimmed way down as well, losing Avenger, Caliber, Nitro and (by 2015) the Grand Caravan.
Italian products will arrive being arriving in 2011 with the Fiat 500. Alfa Romeo products are scheduled to roll out in 2012, and will include “the MiTo subcompact, followed by a midsize sedan in early 2013 and the Alfa Milano midsize model.” Chrysler will bring out its own midsize and compact models based on Fiat platforms in 2012, replacing the Sebring/Avenger and Caliber/Compass. A compact Jeep (likely based on Fiat’s Panda 4×4) will follow “a year or two” later.
The picture that’s forming goes something like this:
Town and Country
MiTo hot hatch
Compact 4×4 (Panda-Based)