Fiat Chrysler will stick with its current lineup of large vehicles until at least the year 2020, after which the Challenger, Charger and maybe even the Chrysler 300 will be redesigned onto the Giorgio platform for the 2021 model year.
Also, according to one internal FCA source and one at an FCA supplier, 2021 is the year when FCA is likely to discontinue production of one of their large sedans.
The Giorgio platform underpins the new Alfa Romeo Giulia, which is due to hit North American shores by the end of the year. FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne stated that he was “encouraged by the versatility of the architecture that was planned at the time in which the Giulia was launched.”
“I think it’s proved out to be all and more than we expected, and I think its utilization across a wide range of applications within the group is probably the most beneficial thing we’ve done from a technical development here in a long time.”
In order for the Giorgio platform to be utilized by Dodge, it would likely need to be stretched and widened so that it may underpin the next-generation Charger and Challenger. According to Autonews, it’s also rigid enough to allow FCA to perhaps build a new soft-top for the first time since it canceled the Chrysler 200 Convertible back in 2014.
Still, with those new generation models still far into the future, FCA will now focus on refreshing the Charger, Challenger and 300 for the 2018 model year.