Tomorrow's Fiat-Chrysler Lineup Today

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

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:


500 only


Fiat-based compact

Fiat-based mid-size


Town and Country




Alfa Romeo

MiTo hot hatch

Midsize Sedan

Milano (300/Charger-based?)


Compact 4×4 (Panda-Based)


Grand Cherokee





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  • Mtypex Mtypex on Oct 28, 2009

    If you can't Dodge it, Ram it! The front-page story in today's Wall Street Journal is that the Dodge Dakota will be axed. So, the 'Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep Superstores' will become 'FIAT-Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram-Alfa Romeo MEGAstores'? Schweet! Hey, Dodge with a couple of muscle cars is basically what the Pontiac purists begged GM to do with their favorite marque. The final 50-62 (rough estimate) Sebrings purchased in the next two years will sell to die-hards in Metro Detroit, same as the "Final 500" edition Oldsmobiles.

  • Mirko Reinhardt Mirko Reinhardt on Oct 28, 2009

    What platform would a Fiat-based midsize Chrysler use? Because right now, the midsize Fiats are GM Epsilon based.

  • Stanley Lee Lobodzinski Stanley Lee Lobodzinski on Nov 15, 2009

    just think, a pizza car company put chrysler out of business. I own a 03 caravan, I have maintained it and it has a 180,000 plus miles on it. It will be a sad day when chrysler closes it's doors for good, gm is not far behind

  • Killerbee Killerbee on Jun 14, 2010

    Please manufacture the Jeep Gladiator. Get ride of the patriot and liberty. America needs a compact truck. Ford is making one, so is GM. The Fiat 500 is cute but.....the rest of the fiats are too Euro for me.