Chrysler-Fiat officially merged in 2009, the Italian auto maker swooping down to prop up the failing bankrupt Detroit automotive giant. Fast forward two years and Chrysler is back in business, and the public has seen many changes in the design aesthetics of the various Chrysler sub-divisions such as Dodge and Jeep. BUT, we have yet to see a new direction for the original Chrysler brand, and many have been curious and itching to see where the Italian contribution will take things. Italian design, Fiat included, has traditionally been a bit more fierce than many would associate with Chrysler.
Two new models that have made their way into the UK market, the 2012 Chrysler Delta and 2012 Chrysler Ypsilon, seem to deliver just the fresh feel and look that many an auto enthusiast has been anticipating. Both of these models are based upon the basic Lancia design concept, while also moving into their own unique form. Resembling a cross between a crossover SUV and a stylish European hatchback sport, both of these cars mark a positive new direction for the Chrysler brand. And that is just the exterior, there is more news under the hood.
The Ypsilon is available with Fiat’s 0.9-liter TwinAir, which earned International Engine of the Year honors. If that’s too small, there’s a 1.2-liter four-pot and 1.3-liter turbodiesel available, as well. The Delta gets two different 1.4-liter options, including a 140-hp, 1.4-liter MultiAir four-cylinder. On top of the 1.4s, there are also 1.6- and 2.0-liter engines available.
Both cars have just gone on sale in the UK, and Chrysler hopes these reworked Italian-American “hybrids” will improve the brand’s currently modest share across Europea continent. If these new models prove successful across the pond, there is no doubt that the next generation will hit showroom floors across North American.
Phoenix Valley auto enthusiasts can view and test drive any current production model Chrysler-Fiat at any Phoenix Valley Chrysler-Fiat dealer. Phoenix Valley auto enthusiasts should plan on attending the Phoenix Arizona International Auto Show to learn about the most recent concepts and innovations from Chrysler-Fiat, as well as the rest of the auto industry, taking place at the Phoenix Arizona Convention center over Thanksgiving weekend.