The electric future is beginning to emerge for Chrysler, Ram and Dodge. The American heritage brands had a slow if not hesitant reception of electrification under the parent company formerly known as Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The minivan Chrysler Pacifica was the only plug-in hybrid around. Until now.
That old company merged with Peugeot’s parent company and became Stellantis in 2021. Last July, Stellantis said that by 2025, electric or plug-in hybrid versions will be offered on 98% of its vehicles in North America and Europe, on track to make those vehicles account for 40% of U.S. sales by 2030. ambitious plans are beginning to emerge, with the development of four dedicated electric vehicle platforms to support the electric push.
The 14 automakers under the Stellantis umbrella are also belatedly embracing electrification, with Jeep, the marque’s carrier, leading the way for the top five brands sold in the US. Alfa Romeo, the luxury arm of the brand, will launch in 2023, Ram is preparing a full battery electric 1500 pickup truck by 2024, and even Dodge is preparing for its electric muscle car future.
For now, though, the electric future straddles a fire-breathing internal combustion past, still roaring with Hemi V-8s and supercharged Hellcat V-8s. We’ll cover what’s new for 2022 Jeep models in a separate post as much of the lineup is new and more robust in width and depth, but here’s what’s new for Stellantis’ other US core brands .
Ram 2500 from 2022
A battery-electric Ram pickup is planned for 2024 to compete not only with the 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning and 2024 Chevy Silverado EV, but other electric pickups on sale now, such as the Rivian R1T. Built on the Stellantis frame platform, the largest of four global units planned for the next decade, the Ram Revolution welcomes customer input on what the EV truck should and shouldn’t be. Not much more has been revealed about Ram’s EV plans.
For now, the 2022 Ram 1500 comes with a large 8.4-inch touchscreen with Uconnect 5 and its faster processing unit and a Wi-Fi hotspot on Big Horn and above. Its big brother, the Ram 2500 and 3500 HD, also gets Uconnect 5, new option groups, new drag-and-drop camera features, and a Silver edition.
2022 Dodge Charger
Stellantis introduced four battery-powered electric platforms in July 2021, the major of which was dedicated to four-wheel drive and American brawn. That will likely form the basis for the planned 2024 electric muscle car, which has only been teased in concept form. For now, the Charger and Challenger remain little changed since their reintroduction to the automotive world in 2006 and 2008, respectively. For 2022, Dodge’s American muscle cars can be purchased with a jailbreak option for SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody models that boosts horsepower from 797 to 807, and has more customization options. On the Dodge family side, the SRT Hellcat Durango impressed in 2021 alone, continuing the three-row SUV with a 475-horsepower V-8 as the most powerful engine option.
Alfa Romeo Tonale from 2023
The luxury/performance brand Stellantis is expanding its range with the arrival of the 2023 Alfa Romeo Tonale small crossover. Slightly larger than a BMW X1, but not as sporty as the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, the Tonale will be powered by a 256bhp 2.0-litre turbo-4 or a 272bhp plug-in hybrid with a 1.3-litre liter turbo-4 and a rear motor powered by a 15.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. Alfa estimates an electric range of 30 miles.
For the Giulia sedan and Stelvio, a new Veloce trim level replaces the Ti Sport trim, making it a step down from the performance-oriented Quadrifoglio. Alfa also adds more standard driver assistance and safety features to this duo. In addition to automatic emergency braking, those vehicles come with blind spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings, automatic high beams, and front and rear parking sensors.
Other standard features include heated front and rear seats, navigation, wireless phone charging, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and an air quality system. Leather upholstery, a 7.0-inch digital instrument cluster and an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are also standard.
The Giulia and Stelvio are powered by a standard 2.0-liter turbo-4 with 280 hp and 306 lb-ft of torque paired with an 8-speed automatic and rear or available all-wheel drive. Quadrifoglio variants use a 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 making 505 hp and 443 lb-ft with all-wheel drive, and a 0-60 mph time of 3.6 seconds for the Stelvio, which is faster than the Giulia and his 3.8 second 0-60 time.
Frankly, we were surprised that the 2022 Chrysler 300 full-size sedan was still being sold. With an expected completion date of 2023, the poor man’s Bentley caters to sedan customers who have let the other American automakers down. A few tweaks to the packaging simplify the 300 Series, but it can still be run with a 3.6-liter V-6 or a 5.7-liter V-8.
The 2022 Chrysler Pacifica handles much more volume in sales and passenger space. Following last year’s refresh, the winning minivan now comes standard with heated front seats and a heated steering wheel. A new air filtration system promises cleaner air in the cabin, a standard rear seat reminder ensures no one is left in the vehicle, and the Pacifica can be equipped with Amazon Fire TV with games, videos, apps and Alexa. Three versions are available: front- and all-wheel drive models with a 287-horsepower V-6, and a 260-horsepower plug-in hybrid that uses the same engine and only comes with front-wheel drive. an estimated range of 32 miles.