In a meeting with dealers this week, Fiat Chrysler debuted a variety of new vehicles coming to its future lineup. Perhaps the most unexpected was a revived Dodge Barracuda, although the automaker also had a few other surprises up its sleeve, including a high-powered Jeep and a retro-inspired Charger.
We heard rumors that FCA renewed its trademark rights to the Barracuda name, and it looks like the automaker will follow through on the vision. The new Barracuda convertible will share a flexible rear-wheel-drive platform with the Alfa Romeo Giulia. So will the next-generation Charger, which will reportedly resemble a 1999 concept designed by renowned auto designer Tom Gale.
Speaking with Automotive News, dealers at the meeting in Las Vegas said they also saw a number of other products. A Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Track Hawk is on the way, carrying a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V-8 engine. FCA claims it will achieve a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds, ahead of the 4.8 seconds the automaker estimates for the current 2015 Grand Cherokee SRT. Also on the schedule is an eight-passenger Jeep Grand Wagoneer as well as a next-generation Wrangler, which according to one dealer, “stays pretty true to its current form.”
In addition to the Jeeps, watch out for the Fiat 124 Spider, which is based off the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Both Abarth and standard versions of this sports car will be available. FCA also confirmed plans for an Alfa Romeo crossover (based on the Giulia platform). That model should help FCA’s plan to expand the Alfa Romeo brand to 400,000 units worldwide by 2018.
Sounds like a huge amount of new products, but that’s only the beginning. According to the dealers at the meeting, FCA is plotting to bring as many as 30 new or refreshed products to showrooms in the next two years.
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