Future models – Chrysler, Dodge and Ram

Just Auto’s series, which previews what could be to come for Stellantis’ 14 PV brands, now moves to two historic US brands plus the newer Ram division. And while they’re important, it’s not just about EVs.

Chrysler

If not for the name before the C in FCA, many would have assumed Chrysler would have been phased out in the 2010s. Hardly any new models appeared and the 300, which is still in production, is eleven. And it took the brand’s owner many years to refresh the only other current vehicle, the Pacifica. Even then, the 2021 model year facelift was minor.

Stellantis insists that all divisions are guaranteed ten-year survival, a statement that is curious in the context of no announced timeline for replacement models, let alone additional models.

If the parent company really plans to invest in Chrysler, we’ll hear about the details pretty soon, something that’s been promised. The fate of the Brampton factory in southern Canada is also of great importance, as it is where the 300 is built, along with two other related and older Dodge models. Another factory in Ontario – Windsor – makes the Pacifica.

Assuming the brand relaunches, the first new vehicle could be an electric crossover. The Vision Airflow (pictured), a concept first seen at CES in early 2020, may evolve into a production model. This follows a statement made by Yves Bonnefont, Stellantis’ Chief Software Officer, at the company’s Software Day late last year: “It’s closer than you think and more than a pure concept.”

The car that has been showcased several times at relevant events, including CES 2022 in Las Vegas, is a twin-engine electric crossover. Christine (Chris) Feuell, Chrysler’s CEO, stated in January that the brand would only sell EVs by 2028 and that the first would be launched by 2025.

It was claimed that the example at CES ’22 would be equipped with three technology platforms under the company’s brand – STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit and STLA AutoDrive – each of which will be integrated into relevant group models from 2024. The crossover prototype also had Level 3 AD. AutoDrive is a joint venture with BMW AG, while SmartCockpit is being developed with FoxConn.

The lifecycles plus much other data on the 300, Pacifica and Pacifica (plug-in) Hybrid, along with guidance on how to replace them, can be found in PLDB: see the link at the end of this report.

Cleverness

On July 8, 2021, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis stated that an electric Dodge ‘muscle car’ would arrive in 2024. Speaking at Stellantis’ EV Day, he also hinted that the current Charger and Challenger could remain in production beyond the middle of the decade. . However, just three months later, there were reports that Kuniskis had stated that the cars would be gone by 2024.

FCA Canada and Unifor, the union representing workers at the Windsor and Brampton plants, along with other relevant facilities, reached a new three-year contract in October 2020 with CA$1.58 billion being spent on new models and upgrades.

The company has yet to specify if and/or where it can produce replacements for its LX platform vehicles: the Dodge Charger and Challenger plus the Chrysler 300. That assumes direct successors to them.

Stellantis told the media in July 2021 that the upcoming STLA Large architecture would be intended for unibody vehicles between 4.7 and 5.4m in length and 1.9-2.3m in width.

The details of other Dodge vehicles are in PLDB.

RAM

Stellantis’ frame architecture will be electrification compatible, something it will have to share with the three other platforms the group will have for its main models. In July 2021, a silhouette of a Ram 1500 EV was shared with the media, this next-generation truck is based on the future STLA (pronounced ‘Stella’) frame.

So while it will be too late to launch an equivalent to Ford and GM’s electric pickups, Ram could have a more futuristic-looking alternative in 2024.

The electric car is believed to arrive a model year ahead of the ICE-powered next-generation Ram 1500 variants. The idea behind this is certainly to keep the pricing high for the electric pickup and also to announce what will look radical for the segment. Alternatively, the EV can actually have a custom body, including a steeply raked windshield/windshield.

For other Ram models, including top selling petrol models, click the link to PLDB below.

Reports for many other manufacturers’ future models are grouped in the OEM Product Strategy Summaries section of Just Auto.

Future platform intelligence

More details on past, current and future models can be found in PLDB, the future vehicle database that is part of GlobalData’s Automotive Intelligence Center.

The next installment in the focus on future models from Stellantis will look at Alfa Romeo, followed by Maserati, Jeep, Peugeot, Lemon, DS and finally Opel and Vauxhall. The first article that appeared recently was about Fiat, Abarth and Lancia.

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