According to Automotive News, Fiat is readying at least two new models for the European market based on Chrysler's LX rear-wheel drive platform. Fiat is planning to sell up 50,000 units of the new models per year. Chrysler's LX platform underpins the Dodge Charger, Dodge Challenger and Chrysler 300.
Fiat executive Alfredo Altavilla revealed the plan to union members earlier this month. Production is expected to kick off in 2011 at Fiat's recently acquired Officine Automobilistiche Grugliasco plant near Turin. Fiat acquired the OAG facility when it purchased Bertone in July.
Although details still remain scarce, it is believed that the first LX-based vehicle to be produced at the OAG plant will be a replacement for the Lancia Thesis sedan. Production is slated to begin in 2011 with the new sedan set to use a version of Chrysler's Pentastar V6 - first shown in the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The second vehicle, set to start production in 2012, will likely be an entry-level Maserati model to slot beneath the Quattroporte sedan.