Multiple new Fiat Chrysler models delayed
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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is delaying the all-new or redesigned versions of some of its most iconic vehicles, such as the Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee as the company moves to shift its resources elsewhere.
Sources have informed Reuters that the Italian-American car maker is delaying work on some of its North American-made models as it concentrates on its upcoming relaunch of Alfa Romeo, which is set to get a brand new range of rear-wheel drive vehicles. In 2014 Sergio Marchionne, CEO of FCA, took the unusual step of outlining his company's five-year model plan to investors and the press.
Suppliers told the newswire that Alfa may roll out its products sooner than anticipated and may also be adding additional vehicles to its lineup. To compensate for FCA's aggressive focus on Alfa, many of its others brands, including Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Maserati and Ram, will have new and revised models delayed.
The new-generation Jeep Grand Cherokee and its long-wheelbase, Range Rover-rivalling twin, the Jeep Grand Wagoneer, have seen their debuts moved back a year to late 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Revised versions of the Chrysler 300, as well as its Dodge Charger and Challenger relations, were set to appear in the second half of 2018, but these are now believed to slipped to 2019 and possibly beyond.