Fiat Chrysler rolled out some impressive Mopar-tuned concepts at this year’s SEMA Show, so we’ve decided to compile a quick list of the ones which were our favorite and which we thought were the most likely to move beyond the concept stage. It wasn’t easy to pick from numerous concepts at SEMA 2015, so feel free to let us know what your favorite FCA SEMA concepts are in the comments.
Dodge said during its press conference last night that they have no plans to make a production version of the Challenger GT AWD Concept, but they did say they were open to the idea depending on consumer interest in the vehicle. We can see there being a market for a 450 horsepower all-wheel drive muscle car and we truly love the idea, but unfortunately, we can’t see Dodge going through with it this late in the Challenger’s life cycle.
That doesn’t mean we don’t like it, though. We think Dodge is gutsy for fitting what is traditionally a rear-wheel drive muscle car with all-wheel drive, and unless your not a fan retro design, it’s hard not to like the way it looks.
We heard back in August that Dodge had a Dart GLH on the way, and while there’s doubts the car will actually arrive at this point in Dart’s life, it’s one of performance producst from FCA we’re really pulling for. The presence of the Dart GLH Concept at SEMA is perhaps a good sign, and we like the way it looks with a meaner concept front end and some tastefully sporty wheels. If we do get a production Dart GLH we’re expecting it look a little meaner than this, but for a simple SEMA concept we think it’s a good start.
In August, Fiat Chrysler Group chief operating officer Alfredo Altavilla said the Fiat 500X was “being considered,” for a performance Abarth makeover, and if it ever comes to fruition, we’re expecting it to pull at least a little inspiration from the 500X Chicane. The car wears a sportier ‘Mopar concept fascia’, sits on performance suspension and also has a catback exhaust, all upgrades we could see a 500X Abarth employing.
We’ll be happy if this turns out to be the case, because we love the way the 500X wears its sporty new suit. With an exhaust note similar to the 500 Abarth, stiffer suspension and some sporty seats and interior appointments, we could see a production 500X Chicane with an Abarth badge being a hit.
The Chrysler 200S might seem like a lowly candidate for a performance makeover, but we think it looks rather good following its Mopar treatment for SEMA. The Mopar bodykit actually suits the car rather well, and the quad exhaust tips are something we’d like to see Chrysler adopt for all Pentstar V6 equipped 200s.
An ‘ST’ variant of Ford’s Fusion mid-size sedan was spotted recently, so if FCA wants to contest Ford in that arena, the 200 S Mopar could be a worthier competitor with a few more changes. We’re not sure if that will ever happen seeing as Dodge is now focused on being the automaker’s performance division, but we do think a tuned-up 200 with all-wheel drive would be far from a bore.