A coming hatchback said to be called the Chrysler 100 has been caught on video traipsing around Santa Monica by Autoblog reader Zach Dillman. Still wearing the scrapyard assemblage of Alfa Romeo Giulietta body panels as it was when spy photographers began capturing it last summer, its arrival date is still a question mark: some outlets have reported that it will go on sale this year, others have said it won't be in showrooms until 2016.

In fact, quite a few questions remain. Based on Fiat's Compact US Wide (CUSW) platform that supports the Dodge Dart and expected to be about the same size, the 100 is thought to be a small premium hatchback that will be priced above the Dart and below the Chrysler 200, with the idea that it can challenge the Ford Focus and Hyunda Elantra at the value end and the Buick Verano and Acura ILX at the premium end. Word is that there will be no sedan version.

It looks like there'll be plenty of gewgaws inside, with buttons for Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning and a button to toggle the traction control.

Some rumors say the 100 will only get four-cylinder engines, other rumors suggest it could get a V6 to justify the premium aspirations and the price bump over the Dart, and an "E85 Only!" sticker spotted in one of the mules last summer has other rumormongers wondering if it will get a ethanol-capable version of a new powerplant that isn't the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6. It looks like there will be paddleshifters for getting through the gears, and front-wheel drive is the easy bet, all-wheel drive the long-shot shocker.

At the end of the video, a second mule gets spotted in Santa Monica, this being one of a legion of jacked-up Franken-Giulietta mules that's been seen around the country for a while now. It could be either a new Jeep Liberty mule or a replacement for the Compass/Patriot. See for yourself in the videos below.



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      postpast
      • 1 Year Ago
      Rebadged Guilietta; fine by me. Rebadged Guilietta with a penstar 3.6; all types of awsome!
      Jason Golden
      • 1 Year Ago
      The cartoon-inspired, bulging, oversize headlamps will hopefully NOT make it onto a Chrysler-badged production vehicle.
        gargoyle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason Golden
        Looking at the bodywork on the nose--its clear to me they were only testing the engine compartment flow-through with the production-intended grill in place. Nothing more.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seeing those headlights and being reminded of Alfa Romeo makes me excited to see this thing.
      ddirkdiggler302
      • 1 Year Ago
      allpar stated it was a 200.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder if this model will be the first one to showcase Chrysler's new design language. I recently read that they are planning to roll out an entire new look that is supposed to be pretty stunning. There was a time when Chrysler design's were show stoppers. Remember the first gen Chrysler Concord and Dodge Intrepid? They really raised the design bar back then. Hoping they can do it again.
      CEC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I think Mr Zach Dillman has a shot at starting his own spy shot agency. That is the best look at a Chrysler 100 yet. Good Job! Did anybody else hear the stop/start tech on that second vehicle?
        Zach Dillman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @CEC
        Thanks! I had never seen a pre-production car in the wild so I was excited to share it.
          Fugsworth@yahoo.com
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Zach Dillman
          Keep your eyes peeled more often, you'd be surprised what you'll see when you look around. Particularly if you're around Marina Del Rey or Long Beach often... I've seen quite a few camo'd German vehicles around there.
      Griffen427
      • 1 Year Ago
      Folks, it's an Alpha Romeo Giulietta hatchback, with a minor front grill change: http://image.internetautoguide.com/f/auto-news/2011-alfa-romeo-giulietta-reveals-more-pictures-before-the-geneva-auto-show/27580912/2011-alfa-romeo-giulietta-hatchback.jpg http://www.neubilder.de/img/alfa-romeo-giulietta-hatchback.jpg
      Mr. Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs a 1.8 turbo. 1.4 is too small and peaky.
        UFO
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mr. Sled
        Agreed, 1.4 might be too small. The thing is that they would need to develop a new 1.8 turbo, cause the one still on sale on some markets is old and unrefined. It does not meet consumption and emission laws in the EU anymore, and has a terrible turbo lag, by the way. As long as the they don't put the awful 2.0 liter "Tigershark" on it...
      KEVIN
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares about these cars?????? ...both are garbage :)))
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        @KEVIN
        [blocked]
        Shiftright
        • 1 Year Ago
        @KEVIN
        No one cares about you either, so there! (sticks tongue out)
          KEVIN
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Shiftright
          Its a piece of CR@@@@+#PPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP....so live with it ..douche bag!!!!!
      Mike Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      The car is based on the Alfa Romeo (as was well known to be true)? I.E. it is therefore a piece of junk? I would not buy one for any reason(!)
        acrcpe45
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Lee
        You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. You obviously have no understanding how platform sharing works. You apparently live many years in the past. Do us all a favor and do some research before posting next time.
        quuppa70
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike Lee
        u ar junk
      Nowuries
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do they seriously need cladding on a re-badged Guilietta with a different grille? That is all it is, from the taillights to the headlights. Love the tailend, can't stand the front. Hope they upgrade that at least.
        Kumar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nowuries
        You have seen the Dart which is also based on the Giulietta, right? I thought they would just be rebadged at first too, but they're getting much bigger changes.
      riserburn99andre
      • 1 Year Ago
      I\'m willing to give this a chance. IMO if they can get a good lineup going with Chrysler it could be more competitive. The move upmarket will be a stretch for Chrysler since so much of their product isn\'t luxury. They have a better shot at Lincoln however at being premium at this point. I would still buy a Buick ATM than a Chrysler.
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