Here's What FCA Has Up Its Sleeve In The Next Couple Of Years

Industry News

Straight from the mouth of FCA's CEO, Sergio Marchionne.

Chrysler has come a long way since it was bought out by Fiat in 2014. FCA sales were still down in 2017 and many of the group's brands are in desperate need of some new models. The current CEO of FCA, Sergio Marchionne, had a five-year plan to revitalize the company. Marchionne is set to retire in 2019, so he was very casual when talking about future products at the 2018 North American International Auto Show. In an interview with MotorTrend, Marchionne spilled the beans on some of FCA's goals for 2022 that are set to be revealed on June 1.

The first piece of information that Marchionne gave out was that a large SUV to sit above the Stelvio was "very" important for Alfa Romeo. This large SUV would feature some form of electrification and Marchionne said that “you’re going to get mileage you’ve never seen before.” He added that not developing the Alfa and Maserati brands “would be financially suicidal for FCA.” Hopefully Alfa Romeo and Maserati can start to fill out their product portfolios in the coming years. The Chrysler brand could also add some much needed new models. Currently, the Chrysler brand only sells the 300 sedan, and the Pacifica minivan, which is not a very diverse product portfolio.

You Might Also Like
Awesome New Cars You May Have Missed From Monterey Car Week 2018 (Updated)
Awesome New Cars You May Have Missed From Monterey Car Week 2018 (Updated)
A Used Audi S4 Wagon Is What All Enthusiasts Should Dream Of Buying
A Used Audi S4 Wagon Is What All Enthusiasts Should Dream Of Buying

We thought that Chrysler may spice up its lineup with a Hellcat-powered version of the 300, but Chrysler's next car will likely be a crossover based on the Pacifica's platform. “We’re still playing with that thing,” Marchionne said. “It’s there. We have the car designed and we’re ready to go.” A Chrysler crossover was in Marchionne's original five-year plan, but it was pushed back. Now, this model could see production in as few as 18 months. The most interesting piece of news that Marchionne talked about was the rumored SUV from Ferrari, which is very much on the table. “I have seen the car when I was in Europe,” but "It’s not finished. It’s going to be Ferrari. It will drive like a Ferrari or I’ll be taken to the shed.”

So far, the only thing that Ferrari has built is a mock-up body that is not drivable, but it reportedly "looks good." Marchionne added that “so far the fastest SUV belongs to Alfa,” referring to the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. “To be honest, I don’t think Ferrari fears Alfa. It will do its best to have the fastest SUV" he said. When asked about a EV from Ferrari, Marchionne did not deny it and replied that “What Elon did is doable by all of us," referring to the Tesla Roadster.Even though Marchionne is retiring as CEO of FCA, he will stay as the head of Ferrari and work on developing new hybrid sports cars.

When asked about the rumored Jeep Wrangler pickup truck, Marchionne confirmed that is was coming, but production of the standard Wrangler was more important. Finally, Marchionne confirmed that the Ram brand has no plans to enter the European market, and that a mid-size replacement for the Dakota isn't really necessary right now. We now have some really good insight into what FCA will be coming out with in the coming years.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

Watch The BMW M2 Competition Lap The Ring In 7:52

That was supercar territory not long ago.

Kim Jong-un Gets Classy With New Ride

So much for sanctions.

Drifting A 1,000-HP Corvette On Mountain Roads Takes Some Serious Skill

Thought drifting the entire Nurburgring was challenging? Try it in a 1,000-hp Corvette on a mountain road with no safety rails.

Hennessey Heritage Edition Ford Truck Makes More Power Than Anything You’ve Got

This crazy beast is even more powerful than the Ford GT.

Ford Imagines A Future With No Traffic Lights

Stopping at junctions could be a thing of the past in the future.

One-Off Ferrari 330GT Speciale Is A 50-Year-Old Dream Come True

This stunning coachbuilding project is a tribute to legendary Italian designer Giovanni Michelotti.

What's Hot

Related Cars

Starting MSRP
$26,995
Starting MSRP
$27,095

Related Reviews

2017 Jeep Wrangler JK Review
Jeep Wrangler 2-Door
0
2017 Jeep Wrangler JK Review
First Look: 2011 Ram Outdoorsman
First Look
2
First Look: 2011 Ram Outdoorsman
2018 Jeep Wrangler Review
Model Overview
0
2018 Jeep Wrangler Review
2019 Jeep Wrangler Test Drive Review: Indiana Jones Joins Smartphone Era
Test Drive
7
2019 Jeep Wrangler Test Drive Review: Indiana Jones Joins Smartphone Era