There is finally conclusive photographic evidence that Chrysler is developing a 5-door hatchback that is going to be in close competition with the Honda Civic, Ford Focus, and the Chevrolet Cruze. The model name of this car is expected to be the 100, and it will probably go on sale in early to mid-2013. It utilizes a platform from Fiat that can also be seen in the Dodge Dart sedan, and this was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show. Apparently, this model 100 looks a lot like the Alfa Romeo Giuletta that it’s based upon. This is a big shift from Chrysler’s design study before, and that was kind of a pathetic attempt based on the Lancia Delta. This car was originally shown at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show.
Small-time Luxury Vehicle
The first production model is a little more glorious than the previous concept. It has LED-equipped headlights, taillights, and rear door handles that are kind of hidden away. The design is clean, sleek, and modern though. The front grill looks a lot different, however. The Chrysler has a wider grill that replaces the smaller V-shaped one on the Alfa. The prototype seen has body-colored side mirrors, but the ones on the Giuletta are chrome. Sourcing another part from the Fiat, the 17-inch “Eleganza” multi-spoke alloys are also the same. Considering what’s available from the European-spec Giuletta, the wheels on the 100 should be between 16-18 inches in diameter.
It has a spacious cabin that has a ton of standard features. Dodge will market their car as a sportier model. The 100 will put the focus on clean luxury and a riding experience. There will probably be extra sound-deadening included in the model. Chrysler may start to limit the engine range to the top offerings available, like the 2.0 and 2.4-liter “Tigershark” model. The power output on this one ranges from 160-186 bhp. The 6-speed automatic will probably be the only transmission offered in the 100.
Positioned underneath the Chrysler 200 sedan, and higher than the Dodge Dart, the 100 hatchback will probably carry a sticker price of around $18,000.