Chrysler’s Group Revival Will Be Based on a Fiat Platform

Chrysler Group plans to step up its production for 2012, after experiencing major product revamping for its entire lineup. The manufacturer plans to unveil next year the first Chrysler Group-branded vehicle based on a Fiat platform and powered by a Fiat engine. The model is expected to be a Dodge compact sedan that will replace the Dodge Caliber.

This last step is considered very important due to the fact that it will involve the most important vehicle in the Chrysler’s Group revival. Also, it will demonstrate how well engineers can adapt Fiat’s European technology and platforms to North American tastes. The platform for the Dodge sedan was donated by Fiat, being lightened and widened by the company engineers afterward, as related by Automotive News

The resulted Dodge sedan will face tough competition from Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Chevrolet Cruze in a crucial segment where Chrysler has not been competitive. Chrysler Group customers, were used to driving big cars with powerful gas-guzzling engines, are expecting a big change in matter of car feel in the next couple of years.

The manufacturer plans to offer two variants of four-cylinder engines, with turbocharging available, and a range of fuel-saving automatic transmissions, which are expected to feature an eight-speed, a nine-speed and a six-speed dual clutch.Chrysler, is officially off the radar of customers seeking eco-friendly transportation, and is trying to make a comeback with its new technological improvements. How well the next generation of Fiat-based vehicles will be received by the American audience is yet to be seen.
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