Allpar predicts Chrysler will retain the PT Cruiser name, but cease production of the curvaceous hatchback in 2009 and replace it with a version of this car. Insiders say the current Cruiser's throwback design cues will be totally left to history.
The Dodge version is expected in showrooms in January for around $20,000, while the new Cruiser is expected sometime nearer 2010.
The dual exhaust seen on some test cars seems to indicate an optional V6 alongside a standard four-cylinder.
Allpar also says that Dodge plans to produce European versions of the car at its plant in China's Fujian province.