It’s challenging to keep up with Fiat-Chrysler’s future product plans. The latest change of course appears to be with the replacement Dodge Challenger and Charger–the “LX” cars, which are reportedly going to use the Maserati Ghibli.
Automotive News future product report is the first to report the plans of spawning new Dodges from the Maserati platform in 2021. Until this report, it was widely believed the LX cars would be replaced by variants built atop the new Giorgio platform, which underpins most new Alfa Romeo products. The Ghibli platform is actually a scaled down version of the Quattroporte.
It isn’t exactly clear why FCA apparently changed their mind in terms of a donor platform for the replacement cars. The Maserati platform is older than the Giorgio, so perhaps it is a more cost effective means of producing the lower-end products?
This isn’t the first time FCA has messed with the future of the LX cars. FCA promised all-new versions of the LX cars for 2018 when the company rolled out their 5-year product plan in 2014.
Instead, it sounds like we’ll have to make due with a refresh for all the LX cars in 2019 model year, followed by all-new ones atop the Ghibli platform in 2021.