When the first LX-platform Chryslers appeared in late 2004, consumers who had lengthy grown cautious of the automaker’s merchandise took solace in the undeniable fact that the new 300 and Dodge Charger/Magnum borrowed so many elements from bedmate Mercedes-Benz.
Whereas not a direct carryover, the entrance and rear suspension, floorpan, and 5-velocity automated transmission (amongst different gadgets) all boasted German heritage. DaimlerChrysler discovered itself with successful on its palms. 13 years later, after many updates and styling refreshes, LX automobiles nonetheless trundle off Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario meeting line and into the ready arms of North American traditionalists.
It was lengthy anticipated that, after FCA hit snooze on a deliberate 2019 platform swap, we’d see new underpinnings for the previous rear-drivers by 2021. Maintain your horses, says CEO Sergio Marchionne.
The chief, who revealed the firm’s new 5-yr plan on Friday (sans Chrysler, Dodge, and Fiat), suggests the future Dodge Charger and Challenger may stick to the present platform, albeit in closely modified type.
Aspect notice: the 300 is all however assured to die, as per earlier remarks by Marchionne.
In the firm’s final 5-yr plan, the LX automobiles have been poised to realize Italian structure for the 2019 mannequin yr, probably the rear-drive Giorgio platform utilized by the Alfa Romeo Giulia. Final yr, nevertheless, Automotive Information reported that the Maserati Ghibli’s underpinnings would arrange shop beneath the American full-sizers.
That’s an issue, as the Ghibli’s now anticipated to undertake the Giorgio platform in the direction of the finish of the automaker’s 5-yr planning window. In different phrases, proper round the time the subsequent-era Dodges roll out of Brampton.
Feedback reported by Motor Authority late Friday present FCA has second ideas about the Giorgio platform.
“We might not essentially should go so far as the Giorgio structure for Dodge so long as we’re prepared to decide to a big improve to the present structure to make it aggressive,” stated Marchionne. “That’s one thing that’s already began.”
He continued: “Definitely by the time we end with that structure, you’ll not acknowledge its origins. We might keep its naked-bones construction.”
Marchionne implied that the Italian platform won’t be the best match for fashions boasting V8 engines of as much as 707 horsepower. “The issue with Giorgio is from size and functionality standpoint it displays rather more of a European efficiency requirement than it does the American heritage of Dodge,” he stated.
With out giving a timeline for the revamped platform’s completion, we’re left assuming the 2021 date continues to be in play. Ought to FCA go this route, it means the subsequent era of automobiles might keep the present era’s beneficiant proportions, although maybe not their weight. A food regimen appears unavoidable. It’s vital if FCA needs to supply, say, a turbocharged 2.zero-liter 4-cylinder with eTorque delicate hybrid help in the future lineup.
Let’s hope the engineers erase an Achilles Heel in the course of. Which means, in fact, the Challenger’s dismal efficiency in the small overlap entrance crash test.
[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]
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