Milano, Giulia out in the wash
A Chrysler viability plan reveals interesting new models, writes NEILMcDONALD
THE wholesale restructuring of the US car industry has yielded some gems of information about new cars from Chrysler and Fiat. In its 177-page submission to the US Government on why Chrysler and General Motors should get a $34 billion bailout, Chrysler inadvertently showed off computer renderings of its new 2010 300C sedan and Jeep Grand Cherokee.
The company’s proposed alliance with Fiat also showed details of future Alfa Romeo models, a company the Fiat Group owns.
If all goes to plan, the Fiat Group aims to take a 35 per cent stake in Chrysler.
On Page 113 of the Chrysler viability plan, two new Alfa Romeo models are revealed as the Milano and the Giulia.
A mid-size, yet-to-be-named Alfa Romeo off-roader is also named, borrowing Chrysler’s new 3.6-litre V6 engine technology.
The Milano will replace the 147 hatch and go on sale in Europe this year.
The Giulia will be the successor to the 159 sedan and go on sale in late 2011.
The next-generation Chrysler 300C and Jeep Grand Cherokee do not change too much from current models.
Chrysler says the updated 300C will have 22 per cent better fuel economy and the Grand Cherokee will get a 19 per cent improvement.
The 300C will get new headlights and grille, and more definition in the wheel arches.
The interior has a prominent centre stack in the dashboard and sleeker door trims.
The document says the sedan will have improved safety, including a blind-spot monitoring system, and increased user connectivity borrowed from the 200C concept sedan.