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What's Next for Chrysler?

 

Predicting the future in any industry is a difficult task, but there are often signs indicating the direction of an industry or a major company in that industry. Given that Chrysler is such a huge name in car manufacturing, it makes sense to look to them for what the future holds for luxury cars. The question of what's next for Chrysler is even more interesting when you consider that the manufacturer has just three vehicles for sale at present: the Chrysler 200, Chrysler 300, and Chrysler Pacifica. So what's next for Chrysler? Take a look below.

Hybrid Technology

The general trend towards zero emissions is quickly becoming a standard in the motor industry, and manufacturers strive to include at least one or two new hybrid vehicles every two to three years. Expect Chrysler to release a vehicle that incorporates advanced hybrid technology in the coming three to five years, most likely with a high-capacity battery that amps up the fuel economy rating to previously unheard of levels. A Chrysler Pacifica hybrid already exists, so the next step could be a sedan incorporating this technology. 

Chrysler 100

Another proposed addition to the Chrysler lineup is a Chrysler 100 car that would be the first truly compact vehicle Chrysler has released since the 1980s. The compact car would likely be similar to the Dodge Dart but even smaller and lighter. If Chrysler decides there's a gap in the marketplace for a luxury compact car, expect it to offer improved fuel economy and quicker acceleration than the already zippy Dodge Dart.

The proposed engine type is either a 2.0-liter or 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, but a turbocharged engine is also a viable option considering the emphasis on competing in fuel economy. A nine-speed automatic transmission is the most likely candidate to be paired with the Chrysler 100 engine. Given that this is a compact car, you're unlikely to get the standard Chrysler eight-inch touchscreen. Instead, a seven-inch screen would work better without cluttering the dashboard. 

Crossover

Almost every major car manufacturer has a crossover vehicle in its lineup, and Fiat Chrysler plans to add its own within the next three to five years. The conglomerate is most likely to build a crossover on the same platform as its hugely successful minivan, the Chrysler Pacifica. The crossover SUV should be full-sized given the difficulty of downgrading any vehicle on a Pacifica platform to compact SUV. Furthermore, full-size crossovers allow manufacturers to include the most interior luxury features, which happens to be a signature of Chrysler's brand. 

It's expected that Chrysler will halt production of its Chrysler 200 sedan, but no confirmation of this yet. Industry analysts have speculated a replacement vehicle with improved fuel economy.

If Chrysler continues with the 200 or replaces it, and adds the crossover SUV and a compact Chrysler 100 to its lineup, the range of vehicles available will be five vehicles in different classes instead of three. Watch this space for more information on what's next for Chrystler. 

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