Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is Gone, Replaced by Stellantis

Christian Wardlaw | Jan 18, 2021

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Peugeot (Groupe PSA) completed their merger on Saturday, January 16. The combined companies form Stellantis, the fourth-largest automaker in the world.

Stellantis logo

The brands will live on, for now. Chrysler continues with the 300 sedan, Pacifica minivan, and Voyager minivan. In the U.S. market, Stellantis trims Fiat to just the 500X crossover SUV for 2021, which is a possible signal that this Italian brand could soon exit American shores. 

Peugeot also continues, and Stellantis plans to return the brand to U.S. showrooms by 2026. Other Groupe PSA nameplates include Citroën, DS, Opel, and Vauxhall.

Jeep is a Stellantis crown jewel. Ram Truck is also a profit powerhouse. Alfa Romeo and Maserati have struggled in America, but both are likely to continue, especially given the resilience of luxury vehicles during the global pandemic. Alfa Romeo was one of just four brands to increase its U.S. sales in 2020.

Like Chrysler and Fiat, Dodge’s lineup shrivels with the deaths of the Grand Caravan minivan and Journey crossover SUV. Dodge now sells the Challenger, Charger, and Durango, mainly on the strength of their V8 engines and muscular performance. The cars are ancient by industry standards, the Charger’s bones dating to 2006 and the Challenger mostly the same as it was in 2008.

What happens next is anyone’s guess, but Chrysler, Dodge, and Fiat seem not long for this world. Shrinking lineups suggest as much, but the clearest signal is the new 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Currently, the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee share a platform and powertrains. For 2021, the Durango gets a new dashboard, a new Uconnect 5 infotainment system, and a limited-production SRT Hellcat version making 710 horsepower.

Meanwhile, the Jeep is getting a complete redesign. The 3-row Grand Cherokee L arrives mid-year as a 2021, and then the 5-passenger version will be available for the 2022 model year.

This approach to its midsize SUVs certainly suggests that Stellantis will nurse its blue-collar brand along until Dodge Muscle plays completely out.

Stellantis and trusted sources are the sources of information for this article, as well as some speculation by the author. It was accurate on January 17, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

Explore new car previews
2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty Preview
2023 Ford F-Series Super Duty Preview
F-Series Super Duty trucks got what they needed for the 2023 model year. Ford announced a more powerful line of heavy-duty trucks with a load of available new tech, great standard safety features, and unique upfits to make the trucks more appropriate for specific industries.
Read the full review
2023 Honda Pilot Preview
2023 Honda Pilot Preview
The fourth-generation 2023 Honda Pilot is about to go on sale, and Honda substantially upgrades it over the popular third-generation model it replaces. Honda will offer the redesigned 2023 Pilot in Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring, and Elite trim levels in December 2022.
Read the full review
2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel Preview
2023 Ram 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel Preview
Ram used the 2022 State Fair of Texas to show off its new 2500 Heavy Duty Rebel, a beefy off-road truck that retains its work-truck capabilities. It brings hardcore off-road upgrades such as an electronic-locking rear differential and a rear limited-slip differential.
Read the full review
Read all articles


Scroll to the top
New Car Preview
2023 Porsche 911 Dakar Preview
Most Dependable
2019 Vehicle Dependability: Most Dependable Luxury Cars Under $45,000
Most Popular
10 Most Popular Compact SUVs and Crossovers
New Model Update
New for 2019: Mercedes-Benz
New Car Preview
2023 GMC Canyon Preview
More related
articles