Chrysler is in desperate need of some competitive small cars and Fiat looks ready to help the American automaker fill that gaping hole in its lineup. Based on Fiat’s new C-Evo chassis, this new Dodge midsize sedan/hatchback will be similar in size and shape to the current Alfa Romeo Giulietta—a 5-door hatch that competes with the VW Golf and Ford Focus.
Alfa—though Dodge officials have previously said the days of the brand’s crosshair grille are numbered. Cast your eyes back and you’ll notice some strange lines running along the center of the car, as well as the rear doors.
Dodge Hornet and Chrysler 100C
Expect Dodge to drop the Caliber name when this car arrives sometime in the middle of 2012. The awkward-looking economy-car/crossover never caught on, so it makes sense to make a fresh start with its replacement. Chrysler is also expected to receive a version of the Fiat/Dodge to slot beneath the 200 sedan. As for names, the Dodge Hornet (used on the brand’s funky little 2006 concept car) and Chrysler 100 seem pretty safe bets.