Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Report : Next Alfa-Remeo models to be based on Dodge Charger and Jeep Grand Cherokee

Now that the Fiat Group and Chrysler Group have emerged together, it's really time to see some sharing between the two groups. A paper from the Analysts IHS Global Insight claims that the platform sharing is close to come.At first, the IHS forecast that the upcoming Alfa Romeo 169 will be built on the LX platform, which underpins the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger, and Chrysler 300. The LX platform is originally based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class. So the new Alfa 169 is going to have some German origins. Nevertheless, Global Insight says that production of the Alfa Romeo 169 will take place at the Bramalea Production facility in Brampton, Ontario.There's also reports about a new Alfa Romeo SUV model called the GTX. Insiders say the GTX should take a lot of inspiration out the all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and get the Grand Cherokee's WL platform as well. The WL platform is the same platform that comes over the Mercedes-Benz ML-Class. The Alfa GTX should get into production at Chrysler's Jefferson North Assembly Plant beginning in July 2011.

Both the Alfa Romeo 169 and GTX are scheduled to go into production in 2011, costing more than the American partners. Where the Charger cost around $30,000, the next 169 is rumored to cost around $62,000. Same goes to the GTX. So where in recent years, Alfa Romeos built "all show, and no go" sort of cars, Alfa Romeo should go back into its roots of driving pleasure, thanks to the two big groups that are merging.

Source : [AutoCar]

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