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Chrysler is fresh off the introduction of 16 new or refreshed models, but Team Pentastar isn't out of breath just yet. According to Inside Line, CEO Sergio Marchionne told reporters and analysts that there will be more changes throughout 2011.

For starters, the Dodge Charger will reportedly add a Super Bee variant. The familiar badge will likely be a mostly cosmetic upgrade, though Chrysler hasn't yet announced any specifics. Meanwhile, the Jeep Wrangler will finally – finally – receive a new engine. The ancient 3.8-liter six will be replaced by the new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which boasts 283 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque in most applications. The far more powerful 3.6-liter will also come with a reported 10 percent increase in fuel economy, though the Wrangler won't get the eight-speed auto transmission that should arrive from Getrag later in the year.

One of the Chrysler brands will also receive a rebadged version of the Fiat 500 before the end of 2011. The efficient little runt, which could be badged as a Dodge, must hit at least 40 miles per gallon to satisfy a requirement necessary for Fiat to receive another five percent ownership of Chrysler. If and when that happens, Fiat will own a 51 percent majority of the American automaker.

Team Pentastar is also looking to add more diesel models to its lineup. The oil burners will reportedly make up 14 percent of the automaker's model mix by 2014. We know that the Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting Chrysler's 3.0-liter CRD V6 in the coming years, and we're crossing our fingers for an oil-burning Wrangler, as well.




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      Galen
      • 3 Years Ago
      It won't be based on the fiat 500, it'll be based on the alfa romeo giulietta! Platform is the PF
        Austin
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Galen
        You're right, there's a C segment CUSW sedan slated for Dodge but I think they're talking about a B segment hatch as well. The B car won't be a "rebadged 500" as this article states (I think they misread the source article) but will be from the same platform as the US spec 500. It will probably be mostly engineered by Fiat, while the C segment CUSW will be engineered by Chrysler.
          Leather Bear
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Austin
          Agree completely. The 500 is too unique to tolerate a rebadge. However, related FIAT models (Panda, Punto Evo) could easily make the transition to Dodge with minor mods and slot nicely below the Caliber (which will soon get replaced with an variation on the Bravo/Giulietta).
        ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Galen
        Yes, Autoblog got this wrong.
      carfan
      • 3 Years Ago
      this looks like pure excitement...I hope the'll sell it Europe at a decent price...
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wrangler with a 3..6 - good. Wrangler keeping the "proven" 4 speed auto - bad. Wrangler with Diesel and 8 speed - yes please.
      Bryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man I want that Charger..I sat in a loaded one and drove a rallye plus, awesome...so awesome, so much beetter than the first generation it ain't even funny! I want!
      CEC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Schunk, there is 1 error in the report. The 8 speed auto is going to be a ZF unit, not Getrag, like is mentioned. Also, reported elsewhere, the trans to be paired with the Wrangler/3.6 Pentastar combo is the old Mercedes Benz W5A580.
      Kumar
      • 3 Years Ago
      A diesel Wrangler Unlimited would be a nice edition to the Jeep range in the US.
      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      3.0 CRD in Dodge Durango please. :)
      Steve Ort
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yay Chrysler
      ExoPlanet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please put the duck-tail spoiler on the Superbee like it was on the Charger Redline concept!
      Mark S
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shame they can't make that V6 shift through a manual box. I'd be real interested in that.
      Mike McDonald
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should debut the new 426 for the road in the Super Bee and put the next Viper engine in a new Daytona.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Way to be irrelevant chrysler.
        ed
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Way to be an *******.
        Goody
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        Way to be a troll. April's sales numbers would like to disagree with you.
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        How so? Last time I checked Chrysler had the most exciting lineup of the "Big 3". No Japanese or Korean maker comes close in that regard.
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