DETROIT -- The Chrysler brand will begin its expansion in 2016 from three nameplates to six when it adds a compact car, the 100 sedan.
The ambitious expansion, which includes two plug-in hybrids, will help transform the brand into Chrysler Group's full-line Ford and Chevrolet fighter over the next five years.
The new nameplates will take the Chrysler brand into segments where it hasn't been in several years.
100: Chrysler's new compact sedan will share a platform with the next Dodge Dart, but with a decidedly less sporty appearance. Due in 2016, the 100 will have a nine-speed automatic transmission, Chrysler's new Hurricane inline-four engine and styling and interior appointments from the larger 200.
200: Redesigned for 2014, the Chrysler 200 will be refreshed in 2017.
Midsize crossover: Due in 2018, the vehicle will share a platform and many components with the 200.
300: Chrysler's large luxury sedan will receive an interior and exterior refresh later this year , but it will remain on the same platform until 2018. The SRT version of the 300 will end this year. Some of its standard equipment may remain optional on future 300s.