Next-Generation FCA Small Cars To Use Platform From Peugeot-Citroën

In July of this year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and PSA announced the name of their future company. The two companies are still negotiating the details of the Stellantis merger and final documents are expected to be signed in the first quarter of next year. Apparently, the first real fruits of the partnership may come sooner than expected.

A new report says the Italian-American company will switch to a PSA platform for its future small car developments. The French automaker’s so-called Common Modular Platform (CMP) already underpins a number of small cars in Europe, including the Peugeot 208, DS3 Crossback and Opel Corsa. The architecture can underpin both conventional combustion cars and all-electric models.

According to the Automotive News report, FCA sent a letter to its suppliers at the end of July asking them to immediately stop all kind of research, development and tooling work on future subcompact cars, known in Europe as B-segment model names. The letter followed a similar notification in March of this year, when FCA asked its suppliers to temporarily cancel R&D work on upcoming small cars of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat brands, Lancia and Jeep.

There is no doubt that FCA’s decision to switch to the CMF platform could help the automaker achieve significant economies of scale. But we can’t help but ask a very specific question: Does that mean the next-gen Jeep Renegade would move on to the basics of PSA as well? Obviously, it’s too early to say for sure, but such a move would fit perfectly with Jeep’s intentions to electrify its entire lineup over the next several years.

It’s also important to note that last year FCA announced its intention to abandon the minivan market in Europe and focus on the subcompact and compact car segments. This move may seem surprising at a glance given Fiat’s number 1 position in the A-car segment in Europe, but the automaker believes the profits are greater in the B and C segments.

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