Replacements for Fiat Chrysler’s aging LX platform cars are still quite a long ways out, with FCA not planning to introduce the all-new models until at least 2020.
According to Automotive News, FCA won’t switch its LX platform cars (which include the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challenger and Charger) to the rear-wheel drive based Giorgio platform until the 2021 model year. Sources also said one of the large sedans will die off at that time.
The Giorgio platform was originally developed for use in the Alfa Romeo Giulia sedan and will also underpin the upcoming Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV. The architecture is a compact, rear-wheel drive type platform, however it will likely be lengthened for use in the Challenger and Charger or 300.
In a conference call in October, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said he was “encouraged by the versatility of the architecture that was planned at the time in which the Giulia was launched. I think it’s proved out to be all and more than we expected, and I think its utilization across a wide range of applications within the group is probably the most beneficial thing we’ve done from a technical development here in a long time.”
Last month FCA reached a four-year contract with Canadian labor union Unifor that saw the automaker commit to a $242 million USD investment in its Brampton Assembly plant in Ontario. The plant, which currently builds the Chrysler 300 and Dodge Challegner and Charger, needed significant upgrades to its paint shop in order to remain up-to-date and build the replacements for the LX platform cars.