Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles is set to launch an all-new rear-wheel drive platform in the US in the future, but don’t get your hopes up for a standalone model with Barracuda badges on it. If anything, re-applying for a historical name such as Barracuda is, most likely, a routine renewal of a trademark to prevent other auto manufactures from using this well-known nameplate.
It would’ve been neat for FCA to come up with an all-new Barracuda, a successor to the E-Body notchback coupe from 1970, but don't get your hopes up. With so many recalls and focus on Alfa Romeo, it’s a certainty that there’s no way FCA will pour money into developing an all-new Barracuda for the 21st century. The situation gets more depressing for us enthusiasts when you consider that the trademark relates to usage on “motor vehicles, namely, passenger automobiles, their structural parts, trim and badges.”
FCA US officials tell that the Dodge Challenger will be replaced during calendar year 2018, but there’s no information whether the successor will be called Challenger as well. Some voices claim that the big muscle car will be replaced by the Barracuda, while others suggest that the name will be used by the range-topping version of the next-gen Challenger. What's your opinion on what the future holds for the Barracuda?