Dodge will be the first Chrysler brand to launch a model based on a Fiat platform, Sergio Marchionne has revealed.
The Fiat and Chrysler Group CEO said the new small Dodge saloon would be based on Fiat’s Compact Wide architecture, also used on the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (pictured).
The model will be available in the US from late 2011 and would ultimately replace the Caliber in Dodge’s line-up when that car is phased out from mid-2012.
Marchionne described the Giulietta and its architecture “as the most advanced mass-produced car Fiat has ever had” and “at Chrysler, Dodge will use it”.
Marchionne said a variant of the new saloon capable of 48mpg would also be made available as part of plans to improve the economy and reduce CO2 emissions of Chrysler’s vehicles.