In the past, whenever Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has presented a new five-year business plan to the public, it’s generally included some information about what to expect in the way of new models. It was at such a presentation back in 2011, for instance, that FCA first revealed its plans to build the large Jeep Grand Wagoneer SUV.
That said, it’s now 2018 – four years after the Jeep Grand Wagoneer was slated to launch – and the model is still in the pipeline. Other models have suffered similar fates, either being pushed back by several years, or worse, cancelled altogether. Carscoops just compiled the definitive list of delayed or cancelled FCA models from five-year strategy presentations, and lest we get too excited about any one vehicle CEO Sergio Marchionne might announce at this Friday’s presentation, it serves as an important reminder that plans are prone to changing, and we shouldn’t count our chickens before they’ve hatched.
Making the list is the Dodge Dart SRT, which was announced in 2014 as a sort of spiritual successor to the Neon SRT-4, but relegated to the trash bin after FCA pulled the plug on the Dart in 2016. Also on the list: the Maserati Alfieri coupe and cabrio, which were also confirmed back in 2014, but still have yet to materialize. The V6-powered grand tourers were to slot in below an all-new version of the GranTurismo – another vehicle lost somewhere in the ether.
But the biggest shortfall of all has been with Fiat Chrysler’s Alfa Romeo brand, which as of 2014 was expected to follow up the 4C sportscar with a total of eight new vehicles by 2018. Of these, only the Giulia and Stelvio have actually launched, while we’re still left waiting for a large executive sedan, two compact family cars, a second SUV model, and a Giorgio-based sportscar. FCA’s plans for the storied Italian brand may just have been a tad too ambitious.
Along with new product announcements, FCA’s 2022 strategy presentation this Friday ought to contain information on the status of its efforts to eliminate its billions of dollars in debt, as well as, perhaps, an outline of the company’s electrification plans.