The latest: Cuda; Chrysler and Canadian product; Cummins and Ram
The Brampton (Ontario) plant, which currently makes the 300, Charger, and Challenger, will be “retooled and fully modernized, beginning in 2024. When production resumes in 2025, the plant will introduce an all-new, flexible architecture to support the company’s electrification plans,” according to Stellantis. The Windsor minivan plant will be renovated for “a new multi-energy vehicle (MEV) architecture that will provide battery-electric (BEV) capability for multiple models” starting in 2023 (production may start later). This news, as of May 2, 2022, suggests more vehicles than we have in the rumors below.
Chrysler is to be all battery electric in 2028. It is the only FCA US brand to have that plan. In a 2022 interview, Christine Feuell said that the first all-electric is due in 2025 (or as a 2025 model), with two more models showing up in 2026-27, with, finally, all-electric in 2028.
300: will be updated and continue past 2025 (promised at NYIAS 2022).
Pacifica: A redesign is reportedly set for 2026; however, it might come much sooner. Retooling will take place October-January 2023, though we’ve heard it may exstend beyond January—the original period was 12 weeks and there is now talk of 36 weeks. Electrified vehicles beyond Pacifica Hybrid were promised for Windsor in the 2020 union agreement, “by the 2025 model year.”
Airflow: The BEV (battery electric vehicle) to start production in 2024 or 2025; it appears to be on STLA Large, which rumor says will be made in Belvidere.
New Challenger confirmed, coded LB. The Hurricane twin turbo I-6, with both low and high power variables, is expected to replace 5.7 and 6.4 Hemi versions while the pure-BEV should replace the Hellcat. Expect a 2.0 turbo version for the base model, replacing the Pentastar. A new Charger is very likely. A BEV version of the Challenger or Charger is very likely. It may be that the Challenger sticks with gasoline and high performance hybrids while Charger goes all electric... or not; either way, electric versions will be on the STLA Large platform. Many are expecting the old Challenger to go out with a bang. Oh, and “by the way,” FCA US has renewed its Cuda trademark for vehicle names... again... as of April 2022.
There’s some indication, including a note from AutoForecast Solutions, that electric versions of the large cars will be made in Belvidere (Illinois) while gasoline versions will remain in Brampton. It’s also possible both will move. Regardless, the next generation is due for model-year 2024. Belvidere is likely ending Cherokee production midyear in 2023. (One advantage of the move is that Brampton was not engineered for tall vehicles, so a crossover version of the Charger would have to be more like the Magnum wagon than a Cherokee or Outback.) Stellantis targeted a top 0-60 mph acceleration of under 2.0 seconds, with a roughly 500 mile range (likely with an optional battery pack). They may follow the Hyundai Ioniq 5 model, where one model has two driven wheels and a longer range, while the other is much faster and AWD, but with a shorter range (in Hyundai’s case, the difference is less than 50 miles).
New Dodge Hornet, based loosely on Compass and more closely on Alfa Romeo Tonale, due for late 2022. It will be a plugin hybrid but maybe not with the exact powertrain of the Alfa Romeo; perhaps downtuned a little and perhaps even running on regular gas.
Durango now expected to be based on the Wagoneer, possibly replacing Ram Classic at the Warren plant. Focus will be on towing. Similar basic body, stripped of the luxury. Unlikely to have the 392 V8 as Grand Wagoneer does; likely to have the Hurricane.
Ram pickups to be freshened in 2023. A BEV is slated for 2024 with two teasers. Actual redesigns of the 2500 and 3500 are still years off but will include hydrogen versions.
Hurricane Six almost certain for Ram 1500, 2500, and 3500, likely with some major changes.
Since heavy duty pickups aren’t the best candidates for batteries, the Ram 2500 and 3500 (and the chassis cabs) are slated to get hydrogen-burning versions (see below).
ProMaster gets BEV version in 2023; ProMaster City likely too as well since it’s needed for Europe. ProMaster City will be redesigned for 2024 and that’s when the 2.4 engine is likely to gasp its last breath.
A Mitsu L200/Ram 1200 replacement is being developed. One intriguing article predicted it would be unibody or body-on-frame, developed for the US or not, small or midsized, and so on. This may be key to spreading Ram through the rest of the world. Whether the existing Peugeot compact truck goes further is an open question. FCA US did trademark “Dakota” and has been talking about a midsized pickup for a while.
Cummins is reworking its B-engine family to adapt it to natural gas, propane, gasoline, or hydrogen; and Ram uses the 6.7 liter B-engine in its Ram 2500 to 5500 series trucks. This move could help end payments for fuel-economy credits to Tesla, because it makes hydrogen, propane, and natural gas powered trucks easier to produce and service. Cummins’ plan is to try to keep as many parts as possible the same below the head gasket, changing fuel delivery systems and such as needed; and Cummins plans to deliver full systems, including fuel storage, injection, and such, easing the investment demands on Ram itself. Ram is not guaranteed to buy the engines, which should start appearing in 2024; but they do have hydrogen as a solution for heavy duty pickups in their long-term plans. Of note, this is not a fuel cell system but a hydrogen internal combustion engine.
Renegade is due to be replaced with a completely new vehicle going first to Fiat, around 2024.
Cherokee ending mid-2023; Compass, which is moving to a new platform, might grow to replace it instead of being almost the same size as the Renegade. If a new version is indeed made, it may share with the Dodge Dakota and be built in Mexico.
Grand Cherokee: Jim Morrison, head of Jeep, said a 392 engine was unlikely to return, and Trackhawk badge might be dropped. Hurricane seems very likely. Full BEV seems likely. 4xe four cylinder hybrid is already here and seems to be a critical success.
Wagoneer is new-ish; Wagoneer L just launched at NYC in April 2022; Hurricane 510 (hp) is standard on Grand Wagoneer L.
Wrangler has a few years left till its planned 2027 redesign in spite of new competition. A Gladiator 392 is unlikely due to relatively low sales of Gladiator vs Wrangler. Hurricane might be possible as a 392 replacement.
A new BEV, we believe the size of the Renegade, is due in 2023. Compass redesign due for 2024.
Just kidding. Sorry.
STLA Small, Medium, Large, and Frame. Frame is for pickups, Wagoneers, and possibly Durangos. Alfa Romeo is moving the Giulia and Stelvio to Medium around 2025-2027.
Engines: 1.3T GSE (1.5T GSE possible in future); 2.0 GME replacing Pentastar in future; Hurricane Six possibly replacing Hemi in future. 2.4 WGE likely dying in 2024, at least. 3.2 likely dying in 2023. 3.6 Pentastar and Hemi series... phaseout uncertain. Hellcat likely to have its last run in the TRX.
Ram ProMaster Commercial Van
Following the only large front-drive commercial van from 2014 to the present
Chrysler rumor wrap / upcoming models
May 17 update
Renegade: Fiat-based Jeeps
Oddly capable little crossovers
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