Preview: 2012 Chrysler Lineup Will Be Joined By Fiat And Alfa Romeo

October 27, 2009

• Chrysler: New mid-sized sedan, 300 sedan,
• Jeep: New compact car, Grand Cherokee,
• Fiat: 500 Minicar
• Alfa Romeo: Mito, Milano, Giulia

Chrysler’s newly formed ties with Fiat will soon see a raft of new models introduced into the U.S., and we'll be able to get our first glimpse of what the two automakers have in store as early as next week when the CEO of the combined companies, Sergio Marchionne, reveals his plans.

According to an inside source from the Wall Street Journal, the plans will include a return of the Fiat brand in 2011 with the introduction of the 500 minicar and then the return of Alfa Romeo in 2012 (note Alfa Romeo already sells its 8C Competizione supercar here in limited numbers).

While Fiat’s range will be limited to just the 500 minicar, Alfa Romeo will reportedly launch three new models in the U.S., the MiTo and Milano hatchbacks as well as the replacement for the current 159, the Giulia mid-sized sedan. All three models are due after 2012 and are destined for production in North America.

The rest of the new models will spawn from Chrysler. The struggling American automaker will introduce several new models that rely on Fiat platforms and technology. The first of these will be a new mid-sized sedan from Chrysler based on Fiat’s C-Evo platform, followed by new hatchback and a compact Jeep. There will also be redesigned versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Chrysler 300 arriving as early as next year.

It’s not all good news as there will be several model cuts as well. These will include a number of Dodge models, such as the Caliber, Nitro, Avenger, and several Jeep models, too, such as the Commander, Compass, and Patriot. Other vehicles getting the axe include Chrysler’s PT Cruiser and Sebring.

[Wall Street Journal]

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