Fiat Chrysler Reportedly Showing Dealers Impossibly Fun Cars That We May Never See

Aaron Cole
by Aaron Cole

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles may be showing off a Dodge Barracuda convertible, a next-generation Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and a Grand Wagoneer — they probably put root beer in the fountains too — according to multiple media reports.

At the dealer meeting in Las Vegas, FCA executives outlined the future for the brands (Jeep, Chrysler, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, Maserati and Fiat) that may include up to 30 new or refreshed products within two years.

According to reports, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne also addressed reports that the automaker was seeking a merger with another automaker, and any potential deal would be “to strengthen the competitive position of the companies involved,” he said according to Automotive News.

According to reports, the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk was shown with all-wheel drive and FCA’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat engine. It was unclear if the super SUV would be all-wheel or just rear-wheel drive.

According to reports, a next-generation Wrangler was shown, but not in truck form.

Future products for the Chrysler brand weren’t immediately clear. Aside from a new Town & Country minivan, Chrysler may not have much on its horizon aside from a redesigned 300, which could be based on the new rear-wheel drive Giulia/Charger/Challenger framework.

We reached out to an FCA spokesperson who predictably said that the automaker wouldn’t comment on confidential news from its dealer meeting.

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  • Kyree Kyree on Aug 26, 2015

    The next-gen Charger is the only reality out of all that stuff. From what I hear, it's going to use the same platform as the new Maserati Ghibli and Quattroporte. But---and bigtruck will kill me for this---FCA needs to start offering boosted four or six-cylinder engines in those cars as mid-grade options, to prepare its customers for the day when it has to say "no" to the HEMI for fuel-economy reasons...

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    • George B George B on Aug 27, 2015

      @28-Cars-Later Yes! Imagine the Hemi redesigned with an aluminum block like many of the GM LS V8s. V8 goodness with less mass hanging out front. They're both relatively compact for their displacement and they make exhaust sounds with a pleasing 4/4 time signature. FCA would be foolish to give up the Hemi.

  • Stuki Stuki on Aug 26, 2015

    They _need_ a Barracuda, presumably Challenger derived, Hemi 'Vert.

  • Mopar4wd Mopar4wd on Aug 26, 2015

    Over in the forums in allpar there is some more detail. It appears Wrangler Durango SRT Trackhawk and New minivan are pretty much finalized. The large presumbly minivan based CUV for Chrysler was less further along. Power wagon looks like a go as are the hellcat drag cars. (maybe with 800hp). The Dart Charger and Barracuda seem to have question marks on them. Some one asked about journey and one of the common source of shall we say well timed leaks on the forum said you should see a new one sooner then you think.

  • Jezza819 Jezza819 on Aug 26, 2015

    Ah yes the old annual New Car Show. I went to many of them back in my tenure. We could always tell how good Chrysler was doing by the size of the shrimp. Early 80's the shrimp were teeny tiny. Later after the loan was paid back they were big honkers.

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    • Danio3834 Danio3834 on Aug 29, 2015

      @Lorenzo The crab was popular.