The next-generation Dodge Charger and a new Dodge Barracuda convertible have reportedly been shown at a Fiat Chrysler Automobiles dealer presentation in Las Vegas. If the rumors coming out of Vegas are accurate, the next Charger will resemble the dramatic Dodge Charger concept car from 1999, while the existence of a new Barracuda is corroborated by a name trademark that FCA recently filed in June with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Formerly a Plymouth product, the new Barracuda will be built on the same rear-wheel-drive platform that underpins the new 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia, according to Automotive News. It was shown as a convertible, but if it gets the green light, it will likely be available as a coupe as well. It’s also reportedly smaller than the Challenger. It’s not clear if both cars will be sold simultaneously, but the Barracuda could represent both a lighter pony-car alternative to the Challenger and a competitor to the smaller, more-nimble 2016 Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro.

Like the Barracuda, the next Charger will also be built using the Giulia’s underpinnings. That being the case, expect it to be a slightly smaller than the current sedan. The comparisons to the 1999 Charger Concept are interesting considering it’s now over 15 years old, but if the reports are accurate, look for a sleek, coupe-like profile similar to the current crop of four-door coupes.

Both cars (again, if green lit) will probably arrive in either 2019 or 2020 with a range power by both four- and six-cylinder engines, including the 505-horsepower turbocharged V-6 from the Giulia. An even more powerful V-8 Hellcat option could also be offered.

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The new models were reportedly two of 30 new models that FCA will introduce over the next two years. Additional rumors indicate that dealers were also shown new Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Fiat models, including the 2016 Mazda MX-5-based 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, while Jeep showed the next-generation 2018 Jeep Wrangler, new 2017 Grand Wagoneer luxury SUV and a 707-horsepower Hellcat-powered Grand Cherokee SRT Track Hawk.

Conceived by FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne, who spoke at the conference, its part of FCA’s $55.5 billion investment in new models, which the company hopes will boost sales by 60 percent to seven million cars by 2018.

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Source: Automotive News

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