The 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is often the site of major product debuts for America’s Big Three domestic automakers. This past year Fiat Chrysler took the veil off of the Ram Rebel at Detroit, but what could the automaker have in store for 2016’s edition of the annual automotive expo?
The Chrysler lineup is looking pretty sparse these days. The 200 and 300 sedans and the dated Town & Country minivan are all the brand has to its name, but luckily, it will receive a much-needed update with the expected introduction of the new Town & Country at Detroit.
According to The Detroit Free Press, the new Town & Country, which Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne has already confirmed will be a hybrid, will make its debut at NAIAS. Little is known about the next-gen people mover, however the Free Press reports the Dodge Grand Caravn will stick around following its debut in order to offer a more budget-friendly solution to customers.
For the most part, Dodge has stayed quiet in 2015. Apart from the debut of the production version of its Viper ACR, FCA’s performance brand hasn’t had much new to offer customers so far this year. And while that could be subject to change in 2016, we think major changes to the Dodge lineup are still a little ways out.
Most likely to appear to Detroit, it seems, would be the rumored Dart GLH. We first got word on this car following the Fiat Chrysler dealers meeting in August when rumors surfaced the car would have a 300 horsepower 2.0-liter engine and all-wheel drive. We haven’t heard or seen anything in regards to the high-performance compact lately (save for a somewhat underwhelming SEMA concept) but maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised once Detroit rolls around.
Jeep’s lineup is fairly up-to-date, boasting the relatively new Renegade subcompact crossover, the successful Grand Cherokee and of course, its bread and butter, the Wrangler.
We’re not expecting anything major from Jeep at Detroit, however the automaker could end up surprising us. Most of its future products are still too far out to make a Detroit debut, but it does seem possible the rumored Grand Cherokee ‘TrackHawk’ with the 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from the Dodge Charger and Challenger Hellcat could be unveiled at the show.
Fiat just celebrated a major product debut in Los Angeles with the unveiling of the 124 Spider. Because of this, we’re expecting its Detroit announcements to be reserved to more talk about the 124 Spider. It seems possible the hot 124 Abarth could show up at Detroit, but we’re not keeping our fingers crossed.
Considering the Ram Rebel was just shown at last year’s show and the Ram 1500 is still up-to-date, all should be quiet on the Ram front at Detroit. Perhaps a new special-edition Ram or new options and colors will be shown for the first time, but an all-new model or updated Ram pickup both seem far fetched at this point.
Alfa Romeo is another FCA brand that recently enjoyed a major unveiling, with the automaker showing the North American version of its Giulia Quadrifoglio Verde sedan in LA. That model is a 500 horsepower super sedan, though, so we’re still tapping the face of our wrist watch waiting for the more pedestrian version of the four-door to show up.
It’s possible the four-cylinder Giulia makes its debut at Detroit, however we’re putting our money on a Geneva Motor Show debut. The Giulia QV was first shown in Geneva last year, and considering the car’s European origins, it would make the most sense for the entry-level model to also debut at the Swiss show. That said, we’d love to see it at Detroit, as we’re sure you would as well.