There is no doubt that the 2017 Chrysler 100 will be based on the SUSW platform which is shared with the Fiat 500L. There is no doubt that the 2017 Chrysler 100 will be smaller than the 200 and that it will be pitted against vehicles like the Buick Verano and Audi A3. What was in doubt is its appearance. Now, TFLcar believes that the 2017 Chrysler 100 could be based on the Fiat Aegea concept.
Thanks to the chatter on the net, and a few “sources” it appears that the 2017 Chrysler 100 will have similar engine choices as the Dodge Dart; however, the nine-speed automatic transmission will also be included. There is a chance that a six-speed manual may make an appearance, but it’s a low priority for FCA. All-wheel drive (AWD) is doubtful right away, but the platform is built to support AWD, so nothing is cast in stone.
While the interior of the Fiat Aegea concept could easily be re-badged as a Chrysler interior, the overall look of the Fiat Aagea concept is not as refined looking as the Chrysler 200’s interior. It’s easy to speculate that the 2017 Chrysler 100 will have an even nicer looking interior. At the very least, it will have more metal accents and raised white stitching over leather – Chrysler’s new interior hallmark.
One thing that’s certain, the 2017 Chrysler 100 is going to be the smallest sedan FCA offers in this market. If the assumption that it’s based on the Fiat Aagea concept has any merit, it will be smaller than the Dodge Dart/Chrysler 200 in nearly every dimension. Surprisingly, the roof may be slightly higher. Being that its on the same platform as the Fiat 500L, it could be pretty close in weight. That would make it 3,300-ish lbs.
Being that the (948TE) ZF nine-speed automatic transmission is beginning to see use in a variety of vehicles, (Jeep Renegade, Ram Promaster City, Fiat 500L – etc.) one can surmise that FCA my use the worker-bee 2.0-liter four-banger, Multiair 1.4-liter turbo and, possibly, the 2.4-liter Tigershark. I suspect that, like the Jeep Renegade, the 1.4-liter four-cylinder may be the base engine.
I suspect we’ll be hearing a lot more about the 2017 Chrysler 100 and the Fiat Aagea concept in the next few months.
Speaking of FCA, check out this video from Motor Mountain USA!