Ralph Gilles talks about Dodge's future

During a conference room table in Chrysler Group LLC’s headquarters, Ralph Gilles talked about Dodge’s future. According to him, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is just the beginning. It will be followed by a slew of new or redesigned vehicles.

He said that the new Charger and a new crossover will arrive this fall while a new Durango will arrive this November, but most likely featuring a new name. A new Viper is also a possibility for 2012, so it seems the company has "a lot going on." For the new Charger the company is looking to get "a higher-power version of the Pentastar V-6 with unique power rating."

"The brand is becoming hipper already. And the brand is getting controversial, in a good way. We’re really starting to smell different, act different. We showed up a few weeks ago at the super bike event in Utah. We had a drift competition and hundreds, thousands of people were lining up for these thrill rides."

Part of the interview after the jump.

Source: DetNews

Q : When the new Charger arrives and it gets the Pentastar 3.6-liter V-6, will the engine top 300 horsepower?

A : I’m not saying. We will investigate that and we are looking at a higher-power version of (the Pentastar V-6). It will have a unique power rating, I will say that.

Q : When the new Durango replacement arrives in November, will it be called a Durango?

A : We’re actually debating the name as we speak.

Q :Will a new Dodge Viper appear in 2012 as a 2013 model?

We’re looking that right now. We’re talking to owners, and to people outside of the Viper circle. There’s no timeline, no rush. I want to bring it out and make sure it’s the right thing. The issue right now is the company is really focused on the year and the task at hand. We have a lot going on in ’12.


yeah you are right. Aside from the vintage look , Dodge is still using an outdated engine for their vehicle. I was thinking on why they can still compete with their long time rival like the Ford and Chevrolet.

It seems that eversince the Dodge production has started, they never change their platform. Its still the same vintage car that I have seen over and over again! However, its a good thing that it has a promising speed performance.

You are right, I really don’t like it to be alter too. Wish that it will just stay on its original concept.

I hope Dodge makes it and that ownership by FIAT brings serious improvements. But they haven’t released any significant changes to their products yet, so it claiming victory at this point is unjustified.

Hip is just another way to say "cool, manufactured brand image" and nothing says hip like a black shirt with blue jeans.

the charger’s future will end up as a police cruiser.

I have my fingers crossed for a successor but please don’t alter its character

I have my fingers crossed for a successor but please don’t alter its character

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