Overhauling the entire Chrysler product portfolio was never going to be accomplished overnight, so reports that Dodge will replace the old Caliber (production discontinued in 2010) are a good sign the automaker is finally going to jazz up its compact car segment.
At least, Dodge gets the new product first, if reports out of Wards Auto via Autoblog are correct. Or, to be more exact, Dodge will be the one showcasing the new small car at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show.
Sergio Marchionne, Chrysler and Fiat CEO, has previously said that Chrysler and Dodge would get replacements for the PT Cruiser and Caliber small cars.
This makes a lot of sense, especially following the marketplace success of two all-new products from Detroit competitors GM and Ford with the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Focus, among the top five best-selling small cars year-to-date.
No word yet on what the Caliber and PT Cruiser replacements will look like or what name they’ll carry – just that Dodge and Chrysler will get them. And reports, including TheCarConnection, say they’re likely to be based on the Fiat C-Evo small car platform.
So stay tuned for more news on these developments, including any sneak peek photos that come our way.
[Wards Auto (sub. required) via AutoBlog]