Italian Onslaught: Fiat, Alfa Romeo Planning 14 New Models for U.S.

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During its earnings report this morning, Chrysler detailed its overall North American product plan for the next three years. Between now and the end of the 2016 calendar year, the automaker will add 31 new models in the U.S. between its Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, SRT, Fiat, and Alfa Romeo brands.

Alfa Romeo and Fiat

Yes, you read that right – the Italo-American automaker will be rolling out 14 different models from Fiat and Alfa Romeo for North American buyers to choose from. We have a pretty good idea how Alfa's portfolio will shape up: due at the Geneva Motor Show next month is the production-version of the 4C sports coupe, followed in 2015 by the much-delayed Giulia sedan, a crossover, and the 4C roadster. Alfa Romeo is also working on a rear-wheel drive competitor to the BMW 3 Series, which we expect to also see in 2015. The sole 2016 introduction will be the long-awaited return of the Alfa Spider, which is being developed in tandem with the next-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Fiat's North American plans are even more aggressive, with a total of seven cars slated to be released in 2015 and 2016. We know for sure that one of those models will be the 500X crossover, but can only make educated guesses what the other six models will be. Our bet is that we'll see the second-generation 500 hatchback, convertible, Abarth coupe and convertible, and Turbo in 2015. The current-generation has been on sale in Europe since 2007, meaning that 2015 would be the right time for a full refresh. The only question mark with that strategy is that the Chrysler business plan indicates that all six of the 2015 models will be built by Fiat – the current U.S.-spec 500 (and its variants, save the 500L) are "Chrysler produced" at the Auburn Hills-based company's Toluca, Mexico plant. It's anyone's guess as to what Fiat will roll out in 2016.

Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and SRT

The five American-based brands (Chrysler, Jeep, Ram, Dodge, and SRT) will all be reasonably quiet until 2015. There are only two more reveals we have yet to see this year: the Ram ProMaster, which is expected to show up next week at the Chicago show, and the Jeep Liberty replacement, which is expected to appear next month at the New York auto show. 2014 ushers in facelifts for the LX/LY-platform cars (Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Challenger) and their SRT counterparts. The all-new, more "beautiful and relevant" Chrysler 200 will finally make its debut next year, too, along with what we're fairly sure is a Ram-badged version of the Fiat Doblo van.

Jeep will unveil a new model produced by Fiat in 2014, and it could be one of two models: the Compass/Patriot twins are overdue to be replaced and are slated to share the same CUSW platform from Alfa Romeo that the Dodge Dart uses. However, the Dart is listed as a "Chrysler produced" car, and this Jeep is a Fiat-produced model. The plans also indicate that it has been pushed off by a year from the company's planning – another indicator that this could be the Compass/Patriot replacement. If it's not that, our money is on this being the subcompact Jeepster, which wasn't originally slated to come here.

It makes more sense for Jeep's 2014 introduction to be the Jeepster, since it has Chrysler-produced model coming in 2015, which is a much more logical timeframe for the new Compass/Patriot given that they were mildly upgraded this year. Also coming in 2015 is the long-awaited Jeep Grand Wagoneer.

2015 will also be a busy year for Chrysler, when it unveils three new vehicles – the CUSW-based 100 hatchback, the convertible version of the 200, and the Town & Country replacement. That last model is expected to be a crossover in the form of the slow-selling Mercedes-Benz R-Class or Chrysler's own ill-fated Pacifica. Dodge is expected to carry on the minivan torch, and we assume that we'll see the Grand Caravan successor that year, too. There is another new model coming to the Dodge lineup in 2016 -- we think it may be the crossover slated to replace the Avenger and Journey.

Finally, we expect 2016 to bring updates to all of the toys in the Chrysler range – that is, an all-new Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, and the Challenger-replacing SRT Barracuda. Looking at this roadmap, we also think that the Ram 1500 will see an overhaul for '16 and maybe – just maybe – we'll finally get the unibody replacement for the Ram Dakota. Ram's plan shows a model indicated as pushed back by three years, and we can only assume it'll be a smaller pickup.

Do you think our estimations are spot-on, or have we missed something? Is there a vehicle you think Chrysler should have in its plans that got left over? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Chrysler

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