Within the last 24 hours, the Internet exploded with all of the rumors it could possibly handle regarding FCA’s future lineup, all of which are coming from a dealer conference in Las Vegas. (Note to FCA: Contrary to the advertisements, not one damn thing that happens in Vegas ever stays there.) Autoblog compiled a list of the snips and quotes that have appeared on numerous blogs, including Jalopnik’s OppositeLock and Allpar.com, and we are lifting the vehicles and taking a look at them through the gearhead’s eyes. We don’t know what is legit, what is speculation, and what is the biggest load of BS to ever come out of a manufacturer, but if even a quarter of this is legit, we could be in for one hell of a ride. Before we say anything, we will say again that NOTHING here is confirmed for sure, and that EVERYTHING here should be read with cautious optimism. That being said, there is a lot to be optimistic about, so let’s take a look at what we’ve got coming:
- A Durango-sized SUV. If this is done in the similar vein as the Chrysler Aspen was (a Durango in leather), this won’t end well, but SUVs and crossovers are too hot of a market to ignore right now. This might also be a lesser version of the Jeep Grand Wagoneer.
- A plug-in hybrid Town and Country minivan. Gotta work on those CAFE numbers, we guess.
- Absolutely no other news regarding the 100 (small car), 200 or 300. The 300 worries us, because they have been decontenting the 300 series lately. Notice: no SRT, hard to find V8, press assurances that the V6 “is enough” for most people. Considering that the Chrysler 300C has been popular for years, this doesn’t work for us. C’mon, Chrysler. Give us the SRT-8 back.
- Hello, Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. This rumor has been strong for a while now, but the latest is that the Hellcat Hemi won’t be downrated to keep the all-wheel-drive system alive. Either FCA has one hell of a drive system ready or this might be the first Jeep to come with a waiver. Given how violent SRT-8 Grand Cherokees can be, we’re salivating.
- Jeep pickup? This idea has had some merit for a while now, but it was “only mentioned, not shown”. No matter what way you spin it, this could be good: Wrangler-based, Grand Cherokee based, all-new…
- The upcoming Wrangler, claimed to be able to hit 30 MPG, and the Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV were shown. The Wrangler might (finally) get a diesel in the US market, and the Grand Wagoneer has been on the drawing board for a while now.
- Charger will get a serious redesign. It will finally move off of the LX platform onto the one that currently underpins the Alfa Romeo Guilia, and is said to have design inspirations from the 1999 Dodge Charger R/T concept car (pictured). As long as FCA stays true to the engines currently offered, this could become seriously interesting, especially since this concept was crowed about when the Charger reappeared in 2005.
- Challenger is set to get two new models: ADR (American Drag Racer), which is supposed to trump even the Hellcat (!), and T/A, a track-attack package that will take aim at the Camaro Z/28 and the new Shelby GT350. Don’t screw with us, guys…we can’t take this kind of teasing. Our only request: do the T/A like last year’s SEMA concept and re-open the High Impact Color catalog.
- Durango SRT. For when the kids are late to school? Hey, whatever works. 6.4 Hemi, was shown in B5 blue.
- Dart gets a turbocharged, 300-horse motor, but everything else is up in the air regarding the car. AWD? R/T? SRT? Nobody seems to know yet, but if FCA wants to play with the Ford Focus RS and the Subaru STI, they had better pull a rabbit out of the hat here. This is another hot market and Dodge has been without a serious player since the SRT-4 Neon.
- And in the “not this again” department, it’s being claimed that the Barracuda nameplate is on again, as a Dodge, on a coupe and convertible smaller than the current Challenger. This thing had better be a fire-breather, because honestly the convertible part scares us. The only drop-top Mopar has done in the last thirty-odd years have been rental-car worthy front-drivers. If done right, this could be really, really good. If not, “Barracuda” will follow “Sebring” down the hole of once-vaunted, now destroyed model names.
- New Ram, new Power Wagon. No word yet on whether the new grille or the big-ass “RAM” letters in the tailgate will go away.
Alfa Romeo and Fiat:
- Mazda MX-5-based Fiat 124 and 124 Abarth will appear (Mazda pictured.)
- Alfa Romeo will get an SUV to go along with the new Giulia