If the future Chrysler 100 were to get a hatch and higher ride height, it could look like this

It’s no secret Chrysler needs to add more fuel efficient and smaller vehicles to the product mix. Selling just three models in Canada (four if you consider the 200 Convertible as a separate car), Chrysler is seriously low on options it can offer customers. Even Lincoln, a brand mired in image issues, markets five individual models in Canada.

Based on the Fiat Viaggio, itself closely related to the Dodge Dart, the Chrysler 100 could provide a lower point of entry to the Chrysler brand and an option for those not looking for a vehicle sporting the signature Dodge crosshair grille.

Sketched here in hatchback form with a taller ride height, the 100 could possibly do battle with other tall compacts, such as the Subaru XV Crosstrek and Chevrolet Trax.

Chrysler could take the wraps of the real 100 next week in Detroit. It’s expected to have engines similar to that of the Dart – such as the 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder – but may also get an engine capable of running E85.

Expect a production version of the new Chrysler compact to be available sometime this year as a 2015 model.

[Sketch courtesy of Tincap for Autos.ca]




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