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Chrysler-Fiat: We Predict The 2012 Lineup

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2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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It's official--Chrysler has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Now the long task of sorting out the good from the bad at the storied automaker, with the added task of joining hand in hand with Italy's Fiat Group to build a new Chrysler with a new range of small cars.

You might have questions about shopping for a new Chrysler today, and those are easy to answer. Yes, you're safe to buy--the government says it's going to back your warranty. Yes, Chrysler will be here in its current form for a while; Chapter 11 doesn't mean it will be going away overnight, though your local dealer may be having trouble sleeping at night as the company figures out which showrooms must close. The time is right to bargain hard for a new Chrysler, Dodge, or Jeep, with every expectation you'll get service and parts when needed.

But what does the future hold? By early 2011, the vehicle lineup at Chrysler will be dramatically different. If all goes as planned, the hallmark moneymakers at Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep will be joined by new small cars engineered by Fiat and built in the U.S. or abroad. Among them: sporty hatchbacks, cute city cars and maybe a convertible or two. A few models on the bubble may survive, too, though their future's a little more hazy.

The 2012 Chrysler lineup will be very familiar in some ways, and completely new in others. TheCarConnection predicts Chrysler's future lineup will look like this:

The Survivors



Jeep Grand Cherokee: The new version shown above just broke cover at the New York auto show. It's a new crossover body spun from Mercedes' M-Class, Chrysler says. The handsome shape is backed by a new V-6 engine and a very high-quality interior that surprised auto show attendees. It's a core product for Jeep and for Chrysler.




2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X

2009 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited X

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Jeep Wrangler: Another essential for the Jeep lineup, the Wrangler's made the historic transition from military use to personality piece better than, say, the HUMMER H2. It's available in different body styles, and it's an anchor for the brand in the same way the Mustang is a Ford hallmark.




2009 Chrysler 200C Concept

2009 Chrysler 200C Concept

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Chrysler 200C: This new Chrysler sedan emerged earlier this year at the Detroit auto show, with even skeptics agreeing on its shape while they wondered if Chrysler could build it. With Fiat's help, this vehicle could well take form as a replacement for today's forgettable Dodge Avenger and Chrysler Sebring twins.




2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Chrysler 300

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Chrysler 300: The big rear-drive sedans from Chrysler have buffed its image and its flair for retro-modern styling. The 2011 Chrysler 300C has been shown in the company's official filings for government loans, so we suspect it's going to carry the Chrysler brand forward as planned, as the company's flagship model.




2009 Dodge Ram

2009 Dodge Ram

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Dodge Ram: Big trucks may become a thing of the past in a 35-mpg world, but the Dodge Ram is a moneymaker, a crowd pleaser and a critical success. The latest version has one of the best truck interiors, one of the best towing setups, and it's guaranteed to stay in the lineup until the Feds pry it from Chrysler's cold, dead hands, to borrow a phrase.




2009 Dodge Grand Caravan

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Dodge Grand Caravan: Chrysler's minivans are still the best sellers in their class--and though it's likely the Chrysler Town & Country may survive as well, the Grand Caravan is the focus for the new Chrysler. Expect updated versions with new drivetrains and a much better interior as soon as Chrysler can afford them.



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Comments (17)
  1. "When the public comes to its senses"

    Even Wagner of GM knows that people really want
    big, thirsty bland looking cars...they just don't want to buy them...but they will...someday.
     
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  2. "A lot of work."

    If Chrysler is going to badge engineer Fiat cars. They are going to have a lot of work to do because they are butt ugly!!!!
     
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  3. "Charger"

    I don't think the Charger will go away anytime soon since it's becoming a popular police car. At least here in Maryland. Whether or not there's a publicly available model is up for debate though.
     
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  4. "Are you a columnist for,"The Onion"?"

    Sir,
    You wouldn't happen to write for The Onion would you? The reason I asked is as I was reading this otherwise interesting piece I read this howler:
    "You might have questions about shopping for a new Chrysler today, and those are easy to answer. Yes, you're safe to buy--the government says it's going to back your warranty."
    The Government is going to back my warranty?
    You mean the same Government that ran Amtrak and the Post Office into the ground? Or do you mean the Government that completely made a disaster of Katrina?
    Just checking....
     
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  5. "Are you a columnist for,"The Onion"?"

    Sir,
    You wouldn't happen to write for The Onion would you? The reason I asked is as I was reading this otherwise interesting piece I read this howler:
    "You might have questions about shopping for a new Chrysler today, and those are easy to answer. Yes, you're safe to buy--the government says it's going to back your warranty."
    The Government is going to back my warranty?
    You mean the same Government that ran Amtrak and the Post Office into the ground? Or do you mean the Government that completely made a disaster of Katrina?
    Just checking....
     
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  6. "Riot"

    Not even a mention of the Patriot (or compass?)
    Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep makes a nearly-30mpg SUV and you don't even think its worth mentioning? Other manufacturers make SUVs with similar mpg, but they cost twice as much.
     
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  7. "Chrysler's Gonna Be Making Wimpy Cars"

    Wonderful. Instead of Chrysler pumping out the powerhouse musclecars they used to make, they're gonna be making wimpy ass "city cars" that every metrosexual will inevitably be driving. That's just plain LAME. There's a reason why the Charger and Challenger are considered to be badass cars, and it's not because they're "city cars".
     
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  8. "New K Cars"

    I think that Chrysler is going to end up going back to it's K Car days again to rebuild. I don't like the direction they are going here but we have seen this all before. Maybe they can come out of this a better car company.
     
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  9. "Hillarious..."

    You have GOT to be kidding me....
    I will NEVER buy another chrysler nor a GM vehicle...
    In fact...I was looking to buy a challenger RT...but forget it...
    You'll be doing reviews of euromobiles and chinese rolling coffins...
    Chrysler and GM are doomed...
    Looks like the mustang will be it...buy American while you still can...
     
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  10. "BOY ARE YOU WRONG!!!"

    Not only is the Charger, Challenger and Liberty good sellers but the Charger IS in the plan and concept drawings were included (I guess you didn't read carefully). The 2011 Charger is suppose to be more retro styled and reportedly, drop dead georgous. The next generation Challenger is on the drawing board as the present model sells very well in a poor economic market and is attracting a strong following among the muscle car crowd and will be around as long as we have Mustangs and Camaros. The Liberty will fit better in it's class now that the Grand Cherokee gets bigger. No bubble here, just a poorly researched and illogical article.
     
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  11. I was thinking of buying a new 500 when they
    get here.But I have learned that they will
    not say chrysler or dodge on them.They will
    say fiat.If they only say fiat I will not buy one!
     
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  12. i think that chrysler should keep making the same cars because everyone loves a v8 and not no little 2 liter. but it might take another year or two but chrysler, dodge, jeep and so on will come back and be all American.
     
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  13. Please build the Jeep Gladiator!
     
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  14. I bought my 1994 Grand Caravan with 76,000 on it from a
    friend of mine. To tell you the truth, I didn't expect it
    to reach 100 grand on the odometer!I just needed a beater
    with lots of room to get me from eastern Ky to Ft.
    Campbell and back a few times. I got it at a price I
    couldn't refuse.I've had zero problems with the
    transmition or really any part of it. My wife and I love
    it!
    Caravanst
     
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  15. I do not see how this is going to work, Chrysler selling small cars after selling big jeeps in the USA? It will be nice to see the new Fiat 500 convertible in the USA though, I really like this little cars, they are very economical and eco friendly too.
     
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  16. Wake up Chrysler!!! Need to get the MPG up to 30 hwy on the Dodge Challenger!!!!
     
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  17. Hi Chrysler, take a look at Honda Odissey and Toyota Sienna seating in the middle, and you may want to copy it, the 3 passenger seating and better seating for adults.
     
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