With another Fiat Chrysler Automobiles five-year plan now in the books, what are the major product-related takeaways for U.S. dealers?
If the forecast comes to pass — and there are no guarantees, if FCA's previous five-year plans are any guide — dealers will get a new three-row Jeep Grand Cherokee, a midsize Ram pickup, several new or updated Alfa Romeos, a Tesla-fighting Maserati coupe and a midsize Maserati plug-in hybrid crossover.
The FCA plan presented last week in Balocco, Italy, also includes over-the-air vehicle updates and full Internet connectivity, the company's top executives promised.
What U.S. dealers likely won't see is much investment in Chrysler, Dodge and Fiat. Those brands aren't going away, FCA leaders say, but they won't be growing, either.
Compared with previous five-year plan presentations, FCA offered few specific launch dates, saying only that the product actions would be completed by the end of 2022. The plan includes 19 new "white-space" products added globally across five brands, with 10 new electric vehicles.