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By Andrew Ganz

Starved for product for the last few years, Chrysler received a strong kick in the pants thanks to the governments of the United States and Canada last year. Fiat took advantage of good timing, giving the nearly broke Michigan automaker access to some much-needed cash.

After only unveiling a handful of models between 2007 and 2009, Chrysler essentially took the 2010 model year off. Its lineup, to say the least, was looking a little tired. Now, the automaker has vowed to replace or refresh 15 of its models over the next four months, beginning about six weeks ago with the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

To help keep you up to date - especially after today's rash of news from Auburn Hills - we've put together a handy-dandy list showing everything we currently know about Chrysler's products. Click on any link below to find out more.

Already on the road

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. We've driven the '11 Grand Cherokee at its California media debut and we'll soon be publishing a series of more extensive reviews.

Already unveiled

2011 Chrysler 200 (Replaces Chrysler Sebring)

2011 Chrysler Town & Country

2011 Dodge Charger Pursuit

2011 Dodge Durango

2011 Fiat 500

2011 Jeep Patriot

2011 Jeep Wrangler

Soon to come

2011 Chrysler 200 Convertible

2011 Chrysler 300

2011 Dodge Challenger

2011 Dodge Charger

2011 Fiat 500C

Also coming, but no concrete details yet

The following models will be changed for 2011, but we don't have any details on their updates. We can confirm that all of them will be offered with at least some changes for 2011.

2011 Dodge Avenger

2011 Dodge Grand Caravan

2011 Dodge Journey

2011 Jeep Compass

Essentially unchanged

2011 Dodge Caliber

2011 Dodge Nitro

2011 Jeep Liberty

2011 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500

2011 Ram/Dodge Dakota

In addition, don't forget that Dodge received a new logo after its horned sheep logo became part of the newly separated Ram truck division. And, just to keep things fresh, the Chrysler division receives a new winged logo for the new model year.



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Chrysler details changes to minivan, Jeep Patriot


Wider use of the Pentastar V6, fascia changes and more luxurious materials in the interior are the key changes being made to the Chrysler Town & Country minivan and the Jeep Patriot for the 2011 model year.

The changes come as Chrysler works to revive interest in its products after nearly two years of virtually no new-product activity while the automaker worked through a government-sponsored bankruptcy.

Earlier this year, Chrysler unveiled the redesigned 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which is now on sale. The company has also shown the redesigned Dodge Durango, which goes on sale late this year.

Also on Tuesday, Chrysler showed the first images of the Chrysler 200 sedan, the restyled and renamed Sebring.

The 2011 versions of the Chrysler Town & Country and the Jeep Patriot, and the Chrysler 200, go on sale late this year.

The Town & Country minivan gets the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, rated at 283 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That's an 86-hp bump from the 3.8-liter V6 used in the minivan. But Chrysler says the Pentastar Town & Country will get 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway with its six-speed automatic transmission.

Other changes include a restyled instrument panel and steering wheels with audio and cruise controls, upgraded cloth and leather seat coverings, a new heating and cooling system and soft-touch trim.

Fog lights are standard on the 2011 Jeep Patriot.

Soft-touch trim also was added to the interior of the Jeep Patriot, along with a redesigned center armrest and redesigned steering wheel with audio controls.

On the outside, the Patriot gets a redesigned front fascia with standard fog lamps, body-color grille and a rear fascia that extends lower. Ride height of the four-wheel-drive model has been increased by one inch.

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20100914/CARNEWS/100919941#ixzz0zYmlb0W4

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Chrysler: A Preview of the Automaker’s New Lineup

Chrysler officials released information about a range of new car, truck and SUV models.

Chrysler dealers were still abuzz Wednesday over the 17 new products the auto maker showed off Tuesday in Orlando, Fla. Dealers can start placing orders for most of the new vehicles on Thursday. The following is a rundown of what consumers can expect to see over the next six months gleaned from interviews with about a half-dozen dealers who attended the meeting. Some of these details weren’t released publicly by the company Tuesday.


The Dodge Caravan minivan will have a more “sporty” feel and look reducing its competition with the Chrysler Town & Country. CEO Ralph Gilles confirmed he plans to make a limited edition “Man Van” featuring an all black interior.

The Dodge Viper hot-rod will be back in 2012. The concept vehicle displayed at the meeting had been painted more than 25 times with a candy-apple red to give it a sleek appeal. The vehicle is more upscale and has moved away from its race car image. Dealers said they were told the company’s new product committee took one look at the Viper and unanimously approved its production within five minutes.

The Dodge Dakota will also be replaced in the near future with a lifestyle sport truck.


The Chrysler Sebring – one of the auto maker’s most quality-criticized vehicles – has been totally remade. The vehicle will now be called the Chrysler 200 featuring 29 miles per gallon and a six-speed clutch that was co-developed by Chrysler and Fiat. The vehicle hits showrooms in 60 days. A convertible version that can seat four will also be available.

The revamped Town & Country minivan offers a more upscale feel with new shocks, suspension and a rounded rear-end and rear window. It also has a seat and steering wheel heating system that automatically kicks on when the vehicle’s temperature falls below 40 degrees. The minivan will also sport Chrysler’s new wings logo.

The Chrysler 300c features a new exterior and suspension. It has an eight-speed transmission that delivers 30 miles per gallon. The auto maker plans to take the vehicle to Europe where it will be sold under the Lancia badge.


Ram brand CEO Fred Diaz hinted the auto maker is toying with the idea of developing a “Baby Ram” which would be a smaller pickup truck that would get 30 miles per gallon and seat four people.

A limited-edition luxury pickup, the “Longhorn,” will make its public debut at the Texas State Fair in two weeks. The pickup features such perks as a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Longhorn logo badge fastened to the floor mat can be popped out and made into a belt buckle.

The “Ram Box” – a storage area integrated on the back of bed of Chrysler’s pickup trucks – will be extended to the auto maker’s heavy duty trucks making the feature available on 80% of Chrysler’s truck volume by September 2011.


The Jeep Wrangler’s Sahara model will feature a hard-top that can match the color of the vehicle’s body. The interior has been changed to allow more flexible storage areas and heated seats. The Wrangler will also be the “Hero” vehicle in the Call of Duty: Black Ops video game due out next month. To celebrate, Jeep will produce a limited-edition Call of Duty Jeep. CEO Mike Manley – without comment – rolled out a concept Jeep –pickup truck hybrid that is all Jeep in the front. He didn’t say if Chrysler is considering building it.

The Jeep Compass and Jeep Patriot will be replaced with one vehicle that will serve both markets. There were no details on when this will happen.


The new Fiat 500, due out in January, will offer the “Sport” and “Lounge” models both offering leather seats and Bose radio. Consumers will have 14 exteriors and 11 interior colors to choose from allowing more personalization. The North America version makes it public debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this year.



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This is basically 10 mid-cycle enhancements on stale, uncompetitive product. These aren't new cars, just minor upgrades to cars that were Avis-grade 3 years ago. And they are adding the Fiat 500 to it. Whoopty-doo.

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Ten midcycle enhancements on little to no budget is more than most car companies could have managed. What is being done to the Sebring/200 is every bit of what was done the the Ford Fusion, and people can't stop gushing about it. We shall see if people, mostly the media, can suck it up and give a fair review to the new car instead of complaining about the old one. It will take many years to undo all of the damage Daimler caused.

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