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Stellantis Future Product For Canada Shown In Unifor Agreement

We have learned a lot about Stellantis’ future production plans throughout North America, thanks to its new tentative agreements with both the United Auto Workers (UAW) and Unifor labor unions. Over the weekend and today, Unifor leadership has been speaking to its members about the tentative agreement. In that agreement, we have gained some important … (read full article...)

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The video possibly confirmed something that I've been potentially thinking this entire time about a particular powertrain that may power the base STLA: Large Charger and certain other vehicles. The 2.0L Hybrid powertrain found in the Jeep 4Xe vehicles. In the Wranglers and Grand Cherokees, we already know the specs of 375hp and 470lb-ft of torque and we know that roughly equals the 5.7L Hemi in Horsepower and the 6.4L Hemi in Torque output, all while not being in an actual performance tune and that they're placed in larger heavier vehicles. A performance variant in a STLA: Large Charger tuned like an SRT4 Neon or SRT4 Caliber could result in something that could definitely be an exciting and dynamic entry-level variant of the next gen performance car. We already know that the Hurricane-6 powertrains will be available and the 3.0L Hurricane Standard output produces 6.1L Horsepower with 6.4L torque and the High Output 3.0L Hurricane eclipses the 6.4L Hemi in both Horsepower and torque, both 3.0L Hurricanes make these levels of performance in truck tune so the numbers we know now may be a bit tweaked for the Charger from anywhere between 425hp-435hp for the Standard output and 520-550hp for the high output system. Of course this does not include the EV cars, the Daytona 340 & Daytona-440 cars and of course, the much talked about SRT Banshee Charger with the potential for an 880hp dual motor powertrain and a 1,326hp Tri-Motor SRT Banshee Charger-1320 trim level and potentially some kind of hybrid variation of the 3.0L Hurricane that may fall in the middle of the EV powertrains or potentially replace the EV powertrains altogether if this whole electrification thing completely turns south. Who knows exactly what's going to happen with that but we'll see. What we know is that the STLA Large platform is going to host several different vehicles with amazing performance and flexible platforms for a myriad of powertrain possibilities. The Charger promises to be able to house wider tires than the current Charger/Challenger do even in wide body setup, offer a dynamic AWD powertrain, Improved cabin and cargo space, a modern retro design and a few unmentioned tricks up it's new sleeves that may even utilize some of the tech used in the SRT vehicles of today from fuel tuning used in the CD170, intercooler chilling & intelligent suspension technology from the original Challenger Demon, Drag boxes like what the original Challenger Demon had along with various other Direct Connection options and stage kits, and so much more.
We also know that there are other vehicles that are supposed to be coming to the Stellantis, North American product lines in the near future including a Durango Revision/replacement, and a Midsize pickup truck. To me, this automatically makes me recall the days of the '90's version of the Mopar Muscle duo, the Durango and Dakota R/T models. While obviously the 5.9L Magnum won't be around this time, The Hurricane powertrains will and the possibilities for what we could see in performance now days actually do exceed what we had before. To put it into a better perspective, the SRT10 Ram had 500hp and 525lb-ft of torque from a V10, those numbers are very similar to what the 3.0L Hurricane High Output produce. Put that in a smaller lighter pickup, even with 4-doors, seating for five adults and a 6ft bed and you have a pretty b@d@$$ Ram Dakota SRT6 Street Performance pickup truck sitting above a nasty 435hp Dakota R/T Street performance truck and a 435hp Dakota Rebel trail performance pickup truck, designed to out performance the Ranger Raptor. Redo the Durango on this platform to do battle with the explorer and give it the 4Xe powertrain as a base powertrain and the two 3-liter powertrains as a 435hp R/T Street Performance SUV and the 435hp Durango Rebel trail performance SUV, and a 530-550hp Durango SRT6 as I've said before and just keep it pushing. Make them affordable and they'll continue to sell.
Another thing and this goes along with affordability. I'm pretty sure most of the Mopar muscle car sales range between the GT and the Scat Packs, simply put, the masses can't really afford Hellcats and all of those other super high end variants of the Mopar muscle cars. With that being said, Stellantis and Direct Connection could benefit alot more from their customers by offering Jailbreak offerings and Direct connection performance packages more focused on the lower end cars. Seeing that big part of the muscle car culture wasn't just going out and buying a car with a 426-Hemi, it was a thing where anyone that had any kind of Mopar from a Slant-6 up to a 426 could enjoy modifying their muscle car and having fun with them, and upgrading them in different ways to get the most out of them as well. It would be nice to see that aspect return to the scene instead of just the deep pockets and best credit score crowd getting all of the goodies. Muscle cars were always about being the affordable, working class person's car. That will keep this going alot longer than some new "Clean" V8. Making dream cars that the working class people can actually afford. Even on the EV side of things. The Daytona 340 and Daytona 440 Chargers should be affordable and that "performance by subscription" stuff should not be a thing. I can understand downloading software and upgrading hardware, but all of the weird stuff like renting performance for the weekend and all of that kinds of stuff is bad marketing. Performance upgrades and tunes should be offered just like they would on any other car and not a "take advantage" of the customers type deal. I'm all for cool marketing things and names like Jailbreak Stage 1 And Jailbreak Stage-2 packages for the Daytona cars where each package unlocks horsepower and features but it should be a one time payment to get those features and that's it and once it's paid for, its there for the entire time that car is operational. Now, with the EVs, I can see DC offering alot of Aero upgrades and weight reduction upgrades along with suspension, braking and cooling upgrades along with styling stuff to make the EV variants fun. But that's how you balance out this future lineup. Make it affordable, fun, practical, reliable and customizable. Dodge could easily continue on with offering fun, loud, cool, customizable cars that shape the auto industry without a single solitary V8 by making a lineup of vehicles that are affordable, fun, practical, reliable and customizable and be even more profitable than they have been. STLA Medium, STLA Large and STLA frame could reshape Dodge to compete with everyone on the market. All they need to do is make an STLA Frame Ramcharger SUV to compete with the Expedition and Tahoe, The Ram 1500 is going to get revamp already and you have the Ram HD trucks going strong so drop down to the STLA Medium platform and have the Hornet crossover, a Caliber hatchback and a Journey crossover, actually bring out the GLH Packages and the Dodge brand is set to make Stellantis, North American alot of money. that's not even including Chrysler, if it survives, or the Jeep brand, which as really taken over the luxury line from Chrysler anyway with the Grand Cherokee and Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer SUVs. Let's face it, honestly a Ram 1500 in any of its upper trims has more luxury than any level of the Chrysler 300 sedan. A Rebel G/T, a Ram Limited, Ram Longhorn and even Ram TRX have more luxury and tech than any Chrysler 300 on the market from 2004 to present, including the John Varvatos edition which was one of my all-time favorite Chrysler 300 models, next to an SRT. All while being way more useful. If Jeep were to make another version of the Grand Cherokee with all of the Luxuries that it has right now but offer Hurricane powertrains along with performance and all of the other stuff on the STLA Large platform, and maybe a smaller performance AWD crossover like a modern day version of the AMC Eagle on the STLA Large platform and give it Jeep level luxury and Hurricane performance, Chrysler would be extinct! Jeep could easily use a bit of both it's heritage and AMC heritage and name it the Jeep Eagle crossover and have the Golden Eagle as the high performance luxury version of the Eagle crossover and repurpose the Trackhawk logo as the Golden Eagle SX4 or even Golden Eagle AMX. At that point, there would be no purpose for Chrysler to exist. It would be Dodge, Jeep and Ram and that would be all Stellantis North American would need.

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