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Dodge to Redesign Charger and Challenger in 2020, Chrysler 300 Likely Axed

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Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) won’t bring a major redesign to its large car lineup until at least 2020.

The Dodge Charger and Challenger won’t make their move onto the new Giorgio platform until the 2021 model year, while the Chryler 300 is expected to be axed at the same time. The Giorgio platform underpins the new Alfa Romeo Giulia and will offer both of Dodge’s big cars a significant weight loss.

Until that switch over happens, FCA will refresh these cars once again in 2018, following in the footsteps of a major refresh in 2015 that brought a boost to sales. With speciality models like the Hellcat, FCA has been able to boost profit margins and keep interest in these cars despite their dated platform.

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The Giorgio platform will have to be stretched and widened to accept the next-generation Charger and Challenger, while it is also rigid enough to spawn a convertible variant, likely to be called the Barracuda if it makes it to production.

When this change over happens, it is expected that the Chrysler 300 will be no more. FCA is slowly working away from its badge-engineered vehicles and eliminating the 300 from the Chrysler’s lineup is another step in keeping each brand separate.

[Source: Automotive News]

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18 Comments

crag keeper says:

I have some bad news for Sergio: The look and lack of interior refinement on the Alfa Romeo lineup is terrible. The front and rear design is the worst from all European influences. How many pizza shop owners do you think will buy this in the USA? Especially with the US minimum wage going up to 15 US dollars! They’ll be shopping for Hyundais!

crag keeper says:

That previous message was a comment on the dark future of any redesigns that might happen to Dodge/Chrysler. Unless you sell to China by then. Be careful with Jeep as well. Good luck!

Johnny Cruz says:

Horrible leadership. Sergio Marchionne needs to be fired.

Why get rid of the Chrysler 300? hes sooooo disconnected with the American buyer that he really truly believes we all want to drive Fiats. WRONG.

Its simple really.

With Chrysler. Keep the Chrysler 300, bring back the 200 with BETTER designs, not dated rental car designs. Create a Chrysler 100 that’s a compact car that also has a 2 door convertible version. keep the Pacifica and maybe add a crossover and Chrysler will have a nice lineup.

With Dodge. Keep The Challenger as a BIG muscle car in a league of its own for those nostalgic about old car styling from the 50s and 60s. Turn the Charger into a 2 door smaller car that can compete with the Mustang and Camaro. Bring back the Avenger but instead make it a larger family sedan as the current charger is today. keep the Durango. Maybe have a small compact dodge. The Dart was a smart idea but it was just ugly and dated.

Jeep.

Keep the grand Cherokee as THEE big jeep to have. Have a Cherokee that is a mid sized crossover. Wranger with 4 door, wrangler with 2 doors and its done. Jeep should have never been dumbed down for city living as it is now with the Renegade, patriot and Compass. The renegade should have been a Chrysler car.

Ram pickup lineup is fine as is.

But Sergio is an idiot focused on trying to make us fall in love with Fiat. News flash . WE WONT.