Some kids are brought up in strict religious households. Others are taught by their parents to be vegetarians. When I was a kid, there was only one thing my dad wanted for me.
He didn’t care who I dated or what God I did or didn’t pray to or what music I enjoyed or if my hair grew to my shoulders. But I knew from the day I was born that I’d better not ever drive a Chrysler.
To this day I don’t know exactly why my dad was so anti-Pentastar. I think it’s due to an exploding engine in an old LeBaron, but that could also just be a myth. Whatever started it all, Chrysler to me has always been the one car brand I vowed to never own.
But I think I’m coming around. Sorry, dad, but after 34 years your son just might be convinced to finally rebel!
In the last two years Chrysler has introduced a slew of new and refreshed models, many of which have received glowing reviews. Much of the credit goes to Chrysler/Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne, who told reporters that even more changes are due through 2011.
For the muscle-car crowd, the refreshed Dodge Charger will reportedly add a Super Bee version, though Chrysler hasn’t announced any specifics on what that might include.
Offroaders should celebrate, because the Jeep Wrangler will receive Chrysler’s fantastic new 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 to replace the much less powerful and outdated 3.8-liter mill.
Chrysler will even, finally, appease the fuel-conscious crowd with a rebadged Fiat 500 that will probably show up as a 40-mpg Dodge before the end of this year. Yeah, there will be some cries that Chrysler is already diluting the 500’s brand by rebadging so soon, but in this case I think it makes sense.
To make things even better, we could also see more diesel-powered vehicles join the Pentastar stable. The Jeep Grand Cherokee is getting Chrysler’s 3.0-liter CRD V6, and, we hope, the Wrangler will, too.
Chrysler has finally had its first profitable quarter since the 2009 bankruptcy, and the company has an exciting array of new vehicles in the pipeline. That, for me, is enough to put the once-forbidden brand on future shopping lists.
Will any of these new Chrysler vehicles show up on your shopping list? A diesel Grand Cherokee would be hard to ignore…