Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles, told Reuters his plans for the brand's E-Segment sedan, the 300. Marchionne also discussed plans for the future of FCA.
The CEO hinted the 300's drivetrain swap during a plant visit in Windsor plant in Ontario, Canada. At the moment, the plant is responsible for building the Chrysler Pacifica. The plant may be utilized to build the third generation 300, according to Marchionne. This may also mean a switch from rear wheel drive to front wheel drive.
Second generation Chrysler 300's currently ride on the company's LX platform which also underpins the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger. The LX platform is based on the Mercedes Benz W210 E-Class and incorporates many components from the German luxury automaker. It is yet unknown if the Charger will also make the switch to front wheel drive as the two share parts and platforms. Marchionne did not discuss the fate of the Dodge Challenger either.
Chrysler's Windsor plant recently completed its $744 million upgrade for new model retooling, renovation and expansion. The CEO is eying maximization of the plant to build an all-new 300 sedan. A new model is set to bow out by 2018. Marchionne adds, "This plant and this architecture is capable of making the 300 successor, the front-wheel, all-wheel drive successor".
As for other Chrysler vehicles, the Chrysler 200 will cease production by the end of this year. FCA is currently looking for partners to continue building the Dodge Dart as well.