Mi­lano, Gi­u­lia out in the wash

A Chrysler vi­a­bil­ity plan re­veals in­ter­est­ing new mod­els, writes NEILMcDONALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Front Page -

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.

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