How Could the FCA Lineup Change in 2020?
With 2019 already in full gear and 2020 quickly approaching, automakers are pulling out all the stops to embrace change. Automotive giant Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) revealed their plans for hybrid and electric vehicles in July 2018, and their bread-winner Jeep announced their five-year plan during the summer of 2018 as well. Now that we’re starting to see some of those plans coming to fruition, with the reveal of the Jeep Plug-in Renegade and Compass at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show, we might want to take a good look at the current lineup and what models may not be around for much longer. With alternative fuel on the rise, how could the lineup for FCA change?
Who Else is Going Electric with the Challenger?
Ah, yes. The mighty Dodge Challenger, muscle car loved by millions and known for its powerful SRT engines. It was back in 2008 that the Dodge Challenger entered its third generation with a redesign. It was the same generation that first introduced Street & Racing Technology (SRT) engines, most well-known for the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. In 2019, the SRT Hellcat returned with an all-new trim to send off the muscle car, known as the 797 horsepower SRT Hellcat Redeye. Come 2020, the range of engines running from a 3.6-liter V6 to a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 end. Dodge is making room for electric powertrains.
That means the Dodge Charger, sibling of the Dodge Challenger, will also get new alternative fuel powertrains in its next-generation model. Its last redesign came in 2006, and has since then been overshadowed by the Challenger time and again when it comes to new trims. Before it makes the leap, however, Dodge might be adding the widebody package to the last Dodge Charger.
Who Might Be Discontinued?
Looking at the FCA lineup, and the brand currently suffering from a lack of variety is Chrysler. Aside from the award-winning Chrysler Pacifica and Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivans, the only other choice is an aging four-door sedan, the Chrysler 300. There is a lot of talk about adding a crossover to the Chrysler lineup as a rebadged Jeep vehicle from overseas, but until it’s added to the lineup, there aren’t many choices. The Chrysler 300 might not last for much longer with the way the automaker is moving. It seems their focus is solely large vehicles.
Who is Staying?
We can’t be certain what models will stay just as much as we can’t be certain that the Chrysler 300 only has a few years left. That being said, there are vehicles made by FCA that have stood the tests of time and come back every year without fail. Two of those vehicles are the Dodge Grand Caravan and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The Dodge Grand Caravan also got its last redesign in 2008 and is currently in its fifth generation. It’s the grandfather of Dodge vehicles at this point, and although it hasn’t changed much through the years, it’s still going strong. It’s the flagship for families that have little ones that aren’t old enough for high-tech entertainment, and really the parents are the ones that need to enjoy the ride to and from school. We don’t see FCA ever discontinuing the Grand Caravan, but an upgrade would be nice.
Same goes for the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This SUV has been around since 1993, and its last redesign was with the fourth generation in 2011. Even though it’s over 20 years old, Jeep sold 224,908 units in 2018. It’s still a cash cow for the brand, so why would they be quick to get rid of it? The Grand Cherokee is also most likely here to stay.
2020 is going to be a big year for automakers, or at least that’s what they say. With all of the new powertrain options and technology coming to the auto market, we’re going to see a lot of changes. Keep up to date with all the changes to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles when you follow Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram on social media.