With the merger between FCA and PSA solidified, the two companies are now focusing on the details of their new relationship. The new entity is already sketching out broad plans for their future vehicles. Part of that plan will see about 66 percent of their respective lineups on just two platforms. The other third might be a tougher, but far from impossible, nut to crack.
By 2030, expect models like the Jeep Compass, Renegade, and Fiat 500X to sit on a PSA platform. That won’t be a huge departure from the norm, because all three crossovers already sit on a similar architecture. The trio will likely migrate to the CMP platform. It’s specifically designed for vehicles on the smaller end of the compact segment. The Citroen DS 3 Crossback, pictured above, currently utilizes the platform. PSA engineered the platform to accommodate gasoline, diesel, and electric powertrains.
Larger vehicles like the Jeep Cherokee and Dodge Journey are natural candidates for the EMP2 platform. Like its smaller counterpart, it can accommodate diesel, gasoline, and electric drivetrains. The mid-size Peugeot 508 currently uses the platform. Each platform is expected to underpin about three million vehicles each.
The vehicles that won’t use those platforms are pretty much all trucks and utility vehicles. Jeep and Ram have their own separate body-on-frame platforms. And the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango still use the unibody platform that’s loosely related to some older models from Mercedes. The Dodge Challenger, Charger, and 300 are still on their own platform too. Rumors suggest the next generation Grand Cherokee will utilize Alpha’s Giorgio platform, which currently underpins the Giulia and Stelvio. It would make sense for every future rear-wheel drive unibody vehicle to share the same platform, but no one even knows if FCA’s full-size cars will survive another generation.
PSA CEO Carlos Tavares has repeatedly stated that no plants or jobs are at risk. But using only two platforms practically guarantees future redundancies. The Jeep Cherokee and Chrysler Pacifica already sit on the same platform and both models each have their own factory. Is that really necessary? And will FCA’s full-size cars be axed because of their unique needs? We’ll probably found out within the next several years.