• Jun 19, 2009
Alfa Romeo Kamal concept - Click above for high-res image gallery

According to automotive consulting firm IHS Global Insight, the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep lineups are going to look drastically different over the next few years under Fiat control. No surprises there, but the report goes on the forecast which current Chrysler vehicles will be dropped and which ones will be transferred to new platforms. We've already heard that the next Alfa Romeo 169 sedan will be built atop Chrysler's LX platform in Ontario, Canada and that the Fiat 500 will be built ASAP in Toluca, Mexico, but that's only the beginning.

If IHS is right, joining the 500 in Toluca will be the Jeep Panda, which, as you may have guessed, will be a version of the Fiat Panda wearing Jeep's trademark seven-slot grille. Furthermore, Alfa Romeo may get two new SUVs that would be built in Jeep factories in Jefferson, Michigan and Toledo, Ohio – one midsize 'ute called the GTX that's based on the WL platform that underpins the Jeep Grand Cherokee and a smaller one built on Fiat's C-EVO platform, which will also underpin the next Jeep Liberty. That leaves the unloved Jeep Compass and its somewhat more likable brother, the Patriot, to die slow and inglorious death.

Fiat's C-EVO platform will also spawn the next-gen Dodge Journey, Chrysler Sebring (and presumably the Dodge Avenger if it survives past its current form), and Dodge Caliber. Moving downward in size a notch will (finally) be the Dodge Hornet, which will forgo Bad Chrysler's old deal with Nissan in order to share its Fiat 199 platform with the Alfa Romeo MiTo, both of which will be assembled in Belvidere, Illinois sometime in 2011. Thanks for the tip, Dad!



[Source: Global Insight]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "According to automotive consulting firm IHS Global Insight, the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep lineups are going to look drastically different over the next few years under Fiat control. No surprises there"

      Understatment of the day!
      • 5 Years Ago
      This list looks to be shaping up quite nicely.
        • 5 Years Ago
        this car looks like a bar of soap to me
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bar of soap? Not sure I get that one. I think it looks like someone is pinching the nose of a Mazda.

        I for one was never a big fan of the Alfa or Fiat front clips but this is subtle enough to make me not shake my head. Looks good-ish...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ARE THEY SERIOUS?! (No Batman jokes)

      The Hornet...really...the miniature version of a crossbreed beween the Nitro and the Scion Xb....

      If I ever see it on the road...I'm putting my foot through the floor and flying through one at full throttle. I'd rather see the Demon or the Circuit go into production, not another damn brick on the street. As for the Sebring we can only pray that thing will come out like the 200C concept and what's this GTX? Did Fiat go through a catalog of old Plymouth names and they couldn't let the poor brand stay dead?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't think I'd ever own a car with that grill. Sorry Fiat, but you have a very ugly grill. I'd rather buy an Acura than deal with the Fiat grill.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There was always a passing resemblance btwn the corporate grill for Alfa Romeo and that for the original Subaru Tribeca (which now has a Chrysler grill), made more evident w/ this concept of an AR SUV.

        The old Tribeca grill is also similar in shape to the Bugatti Veyron, except that Bugatti did a much better job in spacing out the 3 components of the grill.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, the designer of the early Tribeca and other Subarus of that time period was a former Alfa designer.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How much bigger is the MiTo than the 500? The MiTo looks similarly cute to the 500 in my book, and it may be enough larger to appeal to U.S. tastes more. Of course, the Hornet may bear no resemblance at all to the MiTo if it looks anything like the Hornet concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the way this deal is turning out EXCEPT for the Jeep Panda. I think that Jeep should just keep the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee and MAYBE add a new vehicle to replace the Liberty, Patriot, and Compass (together).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh, a new Jeep based on the Panda WOULD replace the Compass and Patriot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Friggin ugly....looks like its shapping up as expected
      • 5 Years Ago
      Alfa Romeo = sports cars! Hello!
        • 5 Years Ago
        And Jeep = SUV's !

        What next? A 4 door sedan Jeep? Why the SUV Alfa, why!
        • 5 Years Ago
        they say you must produce suvs to have a good luxury brand image in the states, it's all marketing...going off-track, i think Belvidere should be Belvedere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      oh dear god. i had to give up reading the release after i saw "Jeep Panda" and "Alfa Romeo SUV." what happened to designing and selling honest cars? Jeeps are offroaders and Alfas are sports cars and sporty small cars. Period. Did they learn nothing from the Compass?

      i have to go get stupid drunk and try to forget this might happen.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Agreed. How very mainstream of them to do this. So much for tradition.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Angelo: "Tradition works just fine."

        If you're going to sell cars, then like any consumable, it must be done profitably. And if rely solely on "tradition", not change with the times and think outside of the box a little - as the likes of BMW and Mercedes have done in recent decades - then you'll go the same way as Rover.

        Still if Chrysler's episode doesn't teach you anything, nothing will.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Agreed. How very mainstream of them to do this. So much for tradition."


        If tradition in itself was working, there would have been no need for bankruptcy. A departure from tradition is required. Jeep needs a good, small 4x4 urban lifestyle vehicle like the Panda to broaden its appeal.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Nexus: you went to my exhibit in person? or did you see it online? how very cool—thanks!
        • 5 Years Ago
        They won't actually call it the Jeep Panda, and it won't look like the Fiat, either. It's just going to be based on the Panda's underpinnings, which is fine by me.
        • 5 Years Ago



        ""If tradition in itself was working, there would have been no need for bankruptcy. A departure from tradition is required. Jeep needs a good, small 4x4 urban lifestyle vehicle like the Panda to broaden its appeal.""


        @ Bloke:

        Re-badging small cute utes as Jeeps is what doesn't work.

        Tradition works just fine. The Jeep Wrangler is the only vehicle made in North America which is showing an increase in sales over the past year.

        Further degrading the Jeep image with a Panda based vehicle is not going to help Chrysler.

        FIAT needs to limit their changes at Jeep to: putting their fine small diesels into all the models particularly the Wranglers, bringing out a Wrangler based Gladiator and Dakar, and killing the Compass.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I understand where you are coming from. But, sometimes the automakers have to expand their horizons. Look at Porsche and their Porsche Cayenne five-seat mid-size luxury sport utility vehicle. 10 -20 years ago who would've thought Porsche would commit to make an SUV? Alfa Romeo SUV? Let us see what they can produce... que no? BTW -- I really enjoyed your art exhibit. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Panda's a good little offroader. :|
      • 5 Years Ago
      But will I be able to get a 159 sport wagon, or a Brera? How about a 500 Abarth?Thats what I want to know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So does this mean Alfa Romeo is coming back to the US? Either in AR form or Chrysler rebadges? WIll they just build them here and then just ship them all off to europe?

      I want a 159 or Brera so bad.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You really haven't been paying attention too much, have you!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think they need to find out if people will even consider buying these cars - lets face facts, VW hasn't been able to grow in the US or make money for 10-15 years, and even the most jaded person thinks VW>Fiat. What will it take to get people to shop these vehicles? I think Fiat needs to seriously consider a Hyundai/Kia-esque warranty, since reliability seems to be the biggest perceptual negative. And, please buy your electrical components from the same companies that are supplying the Jap firms here in the US....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Honestly, I would do both. Chrysler and Alfa could reach two different types of slightly upscale customers if done right.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nothing electric in the works?

      That aside, kinda glad to see the Journey stick around. It's not on my list to own, but it seems fairly 'practical'.

      FIAT/Alfa Romeo inspired Seabring could be interesting. Also waiting to see what they do with the Hornet.

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