Upcoming Models Presented to Dealers by FCA, Exciting Cars are In the Pipeline From All Brands

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Oh, have we got good news for you! Courtesy of the peeps from Automotive News, the Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles group presented its dealers in Las Vegas with a plethora of future products. The highlights include a resurrected Dodge Barracuda in convertible form, an Alfa Romeo Giulia-based next-gen Dodge Charger, as well as the Hellcat supercharged V8-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk.
Excited? We surely are. First thing's first – the Barracuda. As we reported earlier, FCA US LLC re-trademarked the name with the USPTO on June 23rd. By making its appearance at the Las Vegas dealers meeting, there's no further need for speculation on what the future holds- the Dodge Barracuda will be, in essence, slightly smaller than the Challenger, and it will be offered both as a convertible and as a coupe.

Nobody knows if an SRT Hellcat model will be offered, but the previously mentioned source mentions that it will be underpinned by the RWD vehicle platform used by the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Moving on to the new Dodge Charger, dealers declared that the design of the vehicle is snazzy, harking back to the 1999 Dodge Charger RT Concept pictured in the adjacent photo gallery.

The next-gen Charger will boast more curvaceous proportions and utilize the Giulia's platform as well. The family-oriented Dodge Durango has been confirmed to receive an SRT variant, animated by 6.4 liters of N/A V8 oomph. A 300 horsepower Dodge Dart, driven by a turbo-4 engine, seems to be on the cards too.

On the Challenger side of things, we're told that Dodge is working on an ADR (American Drag Racer) variant, which will be more powerful than the SRT Hellcat. Furthermore, a Dodge Challenger T/A is going to make its debut, boasting track-biased capabilities and wicked aerodynamics in the same vein as the Viper T/A.

Also, we now have some sort of confirmation that the Jeep Cherokee SRT will receive the Trackhawk treatment. With the aid of the 707 horsepower supercharged HEMI V8, do expect a stint to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. All things considered, that'll be a pretty ballistic family SUV. Among others, the next-gen Jeep Wrangler has been finally presented to dealers, with styling that harks back to the current generation. There was no sight of the Jeep Wrangler Pickup, though. Nevertheless, the publication reports that the all-new Jeep Grand Wagoneer luxobarge is an eight-seater SUV that will arrive in the summer of 2017.

Automotive News reports that the Giulia-based Alfa Romeo SUV has been shown to dealers too, with the addition of future FCA group models, including the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 Spider and the Maserati Alfieri. In the Chrysler corner, a Durango-sized SUV with the stow-and-go system was shown. Did someone say Aspen? As for the PHEV variant of the next-gen Chrysler Town & Country, FCA tells what it tweeted a few months ago – Detroit 2016 is the place of unveiling of the eco-friendly people carrier.

Last but not least, the Ram Trucks brand. Images of the redesigned Ram 1500 were shown, and attendees tell that it's a "neat pickup truck." As an added bonus, Ram is working on an all-new Power Wagon, which was shown on stage with 37-inch rubber boots. However, we hear that the production-ready Ram Power Wagon will sport 35s by the time it will arrive in dealer showrooms. Here's to you, Fiat-Chrysler group!
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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