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Chrysler has gotten on pretty well in the post-bankruptcy world, with a big assist from its newest master. But while Chrysler has seen dramatic improvement thanks to refreshes and a few new models, the next couple years could be very exciting.

Automobile Magazine recently got the chance to talk cars with CEO Sergio Marchionne, and the charismatic leader apparently had plenty to say. Among the top headlines are the reported upcoming death of the Dodge Avenger in 2014 and Dodge Durango in 2016. We're thinking nobody will miss the Avenger, but the Durango sounds like a bit of a bummer.

That's until we see that the Durango will be replaced by a Jeep Wagoneer; a rehash of an old name based on the same platform and engine choices of the Dodge three-row utility. The Durango platform will also spawn the Maserati Kubang (which will likely be named something else), a move that should go a long way toward helping Maserati hit 50,000 units per year.

The Wagoneer is just the tipping point for new Jeeps on the way. Among the other models expected are an all-new Liberty in 2013 followed by a new Patriot in 2014 and a Fiat 500-based subcompact crossover tentatively named Jeepster.

The Chrysler brand should also look a bit more interesting as the 200 gets re-imagined for 2013 and the Town & Country morphs into a crossover in 2015. The Chrysler brand will reportedly also get a Dodge Dart-based 100 compact, but not until 2016 or later, which seems like a long way off.

Among the other interesting vehicles expected to bow are as many as six Alfa Romeo models including the 4C Coupe, the next MiTo, the Giulietta and an unnamed crossover. And then there will be a smattering of new Fiat 500 models including the 500L and the XL, which will reportedly feature seating for up to seven.

The SRT lineup will also be getting a sheetmetal injection with the addition of the Dart SRT4 and the Journey SRT6. Now if Sergio Marchionne can make the Journey exciting, he'll be up for auto executive of the decade.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 2 Years Ago
      First off, the decision to kill off the Durango is just plain stupid. From reports at AllPar, the "Wagoneer" will be something of a luxury SUV, starting where the top-of-the-line GC is. That's about $44-$45 k, putting it in Q7, X5 territory. Replacing a cheaper SUV with a luxury model is plain stupid. It's as if Ford decided to kill off the Explorer and replace it with that Lincoln MK-something which looks like the lovechild of a hearse and a baleen whale. I'd suggest that they keep the Durango as a cheap SUV and keep the Wagoneer as a luxury model Also turn the Liberty into a luxury vehicle to compete with the RDX, XC60, X3 based off the upcoming D-RWD platform, while replacing the current Liberty, Compass, and Patriot all with one single small SUV. Cherokee? The new Liberty would mean that Alfa wouldn't have tpo dilute their brand with SUVs. The decision to kill off the Avenger is also pretty stupid. They could just lengthen the Dar's platformt, add some bells and whistles and some new body work, and voila-you have a new midsize sedan. Not neccessarily called Avenger, but something else- Dodge Tyrant? The SRT Journey seems pretty pointless to me, especially since it will be based on a vehicle which won't have very long to live. Although the Dart SRT4 could be pretty interesting, as the successor of the Neon SRT4. Overall. I don't like this plan very much. Please don't do this, Sergio. I used to think that you were one of the better auto execs out there...I will lose all respect for you if you actually carry out this plan.
        Danrar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        "First off, the decision to kill off the Durango is just plain stupid. From reports at AllPar, the "Wagoneer" will be something of a luxury SUV, starting where the top-of-the-line GC is. That's about $44-$45 k, putting it in Q7, X5 territory. Replacing a cheaper SUV with a luxury model is plain stupid." The Durango starts at almost $2000 more than the Cherokee though. So it's not like they are actually killing the cheap car here. And if they add the 3rd row, even as an option, to the GC in 2016 then the Durango is redundant.
          Ryan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Danrar
          The cherokee starts at under $30K though, so they are replacing it with a vehicle that cost $15K more, so yes that is replacing a cheap car
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Danrar
          It will be nearly impossible to add a 3rd row to the GC, given its shape.
        Gorgenapper
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        Not neccessarily called Avenger, but something else- Dodge Tyrant? --- Dodge Bullet.
          Classic Bob
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Bullet sounds good, Magnum sounds better..
          Justin Campanale
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          "Introducing the all-new Dodge Bullet, the Dart's big brother." I like it.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Gorgenapper
          Dodged a bullet there!
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      One step forward, two steps back. The Avenger,I think everyone can understand, but replacing the Durango with a Jeep sounds like a lateral move, if not a bad move. Bringing back the Wagoneer can be done in addition to keeping the Durango. Jeep needs a replacement for the Commander, but dropping Durango for it makes no sense. Being a Jeep, the Wagooner is going to have be trail rated like a Jeep should, it's suspension will have to be design for on and offroad which means more weight. For example even the Durango is bigger and has more space than the GC which is on the same platform, it weighs the same, because the GC has more components for offroad. Test have already said the Durango has the better handling and ride of the two. As for the SRT6 Journey , where is the market for this? Completely pointless , the Journey is a fine crossover, but a performance version is answering a question no one asked,
      theblackemblem
      • 2 Years Ago
      So the Dodge lineup will only consist of... Dart Challenger Charger Grand Caravan Journey It's a bit small, but oh well.
        telm12345
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        Totally agree. Maybe it isn't a bad place to start though. I applaud them for not trying too many things at once and trying to get it right, I just hope they can retain/expand market share.
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @theblackemblem
        You forgot Wagoneer. ;-)
          theblackemblem
          • 2 Years Ago
          @guyverfanboy
          But wouldn't that be a Jeep? I'm talking about the Dodge lineup.
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      I like the Durango now that it has its new look years before not so much but now you want to kill it WTF. I don't see a lot of Journey's on the road either..
        guyverfanboy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Soyntgo4it
        The Journey sells well in the US and Canada. The Fiat Freemont is popular in Europe as well, so it's future is assured. :D
      PatrickH
      • 2 Years Ago
      I rented a Durango a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I'll be sad to see it go. I'm an SUV hater but this vehicle is really just a wagon on stilts with more balls than most wagons. It is one of the few bright spots in Dodge's line up.
      AMG THIS
      • 2 Years Ago
      A Journey with a 400HP Twin Turbo 3.6L V6 and AWD with the 9-speed ZF transmission would be a pretty wicked beast, like it or not you wouldn't find a cooler or more fun way to haul the family around for under (just) $40,000
      Tom in Midland
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Durango is an awesome vehicle! I am considering it for my next new vehicle to replace my '02 Town & Country. Darn.
      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow The Durango was just revised
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @AE86
        Well it won't be til 2016 so it's not like they're immediately axing it after the revise.
      ACSRHS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry, but I like the idea of an SRT Durango, not the other way around... Just the view of an enthusiast. I couldn't too many hi-performance SUV buyers going for a tricked out Journey, the Durango is already RWD. And I personally think they should keep the Durango, it's a very recognizable nameplate in its class. But yes, get rid of the Avenger ASAP.
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Jeff
      • 2 Years Ago
      So we know when Dodge is killing off these models but when will we see the new Grand Wagoneer? Surley we don't have to wait until 2016!
        edgardocamposmota
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        I believe the planned unveil of the Wagoneer is or was @ Detroit 2013.
        Neil
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jeff
        i have a feeling the grand wagoneer will come around 2014, then the durango will very slowly disappear...
      thePeterN
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 3-row Jeep would be an excellent move, but kill off the Durango? That's just stupid. Jeep is unique enough that they don't have to occupy the same market space. They can charge a premium for the Jeep, so that can go upscale. Wonder if the Durango sales just haven't been there. And they still need a mid-size car, just something better than the Avenger. A small Jeep could work, just don't tell anyone that it's based off a Fiat platform. They could start a sub-line of Jeeps for the mall-rat crowd. Call it Wussy-Rated.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @thePeterN
        Actually, do tell people that it's based off a Fiat platform. Then tell them aout how the Panda 4x4 is used as a delivery vehicle in the Swiss Alps. People will look at it much differently. Also, the "wussy rated" Jeeps are Dodges.
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