Want an in-depth look at changes to the 2013 Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Jeep lineups? Look no further.

Chrysler today officially announced updates for its 2013 lineup, and while most of the changes are minor or were previously known, we figured they were worth at least a general recap.

The last couple of years have been huge for the Michigan automaker, which emerged from a pre-packaged bankruptcy under the care of Italy's Fiat. The Italians have instilled some of their technical and design expertise into Chrysler's lineup and they've given the automaker both the financing it needed and the global reach necessary to expand its volume.

The biggest news was the arrival of the 2013 Dodge Dart compact sedan, which went on sale earlier this summer, and the 2013 Ram 1500 and Ram 2500, which were heavily revised for 2013, but there are several other changes worth charting. We aren't detailing the Ram 1500, 2500 and Dart here.


Chrysler 200. Chrysler's entry-level midsize sedan is still a warmed-over version of its underwhelming Sebring, but it was significantly upgraded for 2011. While the long-promised dual clutch automaker has been swept under a rug somewhere in Auburn Hills, the design-oriented S package (think 18-inch alloy wheels and blacked out headlamps) is now available on a wider range of models. Last year, it was its own trim level, but now it's a package available on the Touring and Limited trims. Three new colors are also on offer.

Chrysler 300. Leather seating surfaces and butt warmers up front are newly standard for the 2013 Chrysler 300. In addition, the Chrysler 300S design package now costs $675 less ($32,995) but comes with way more kit - a 300 horsepower version of the 3.6-liter V6 and standard leather, heated seats. A gloss black painted roof is newly available. The 300S' V6 gets its horsepower bump from a sporty exhaust and a cold air induction system, both of which add what Chrysler calls an "enthusiast desired sound."

In addition, the 300C now comes standard with a 292-horsepower version of the V6, although the 363-pony 5.7-liter HEMI remains optional. Previously, the C badge denoted HEMI power, but it is now simply a trim level.

Finally, a new 300 Glacier special edition adds the 300-horsepower V6 (or the HEMI) plus all-wheel-drive, as well as special body-color styling accents. Inside, the seats are covered in a cloth/leather combination.

Town & Country. Chrysler's venerable minivan is mostly unchanged, although a trailer sway damping system reduces that "loosey goosey" trailer feel, while a dual-screen Blu-Ray entertainment system is newly optional.


Dodge Avenger. This bargain-basement midsize sedan is unchanged aside from three new colors.

Dodge Challenger. A new rallye Redline model adds red painted accents, a sports suspension and 20-inch black chrome wheels to the SXT Plus trim. Otherwise, the rest of the Challenger lineup receives some updates to their optional navigation system.

Dodge Charger. Like its Chrysler 300 platform mate, the Charger's standard V6 is now rated at 300 horsepower on the Rallye and Blacktop package-equipped models. The Charger's navigation system also receives a few updates.

Dodge Durango. Chrysler's biggest SUV sees some general model and trim shuffling to its four trim levels - SXT, Crew, R/T and Citadel. A new Rallye trim package for SXTs brings with it most of the R/T's styling goodies but at a lower price point (and with V6-only power). R/T models, meanwhile, gain an available Nappa leather package and a suite of radar-based technology including blind spot and rear cross path monitoring. Leather seats are also newly standard on the high-volume Crew trim.

Dodge Grand Caravan. The lowest-spec Grand Caravan - the AVP, or American Value Package - now lists for under $20,000 for the first time in 15 years (a $1,000 drop). For that money, buyers still get three rows of seats, air conditioning, power windows, locks and mirrors, cruise control and remote keyless entry.

The rest of the lineup is mostly unchanged, although SE models see a price drop for their optional 17-inch alloy wheels and SXT and Crew trim levels are available with a dual-screen Blu-Ray system.

Dodge Journey. Dodge's crossovery minivanadds more standard features for 2013. The AVP and SE add new 17-inch wheels, while the SXT now offers a moonroof and an 8.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Crew models drop $1,500 despite adding leather seats and a heated steering wheel. At the top of the range, the R/T also drops $1,500 but adds a retuned suspension and red accent stitching.


Fiat 500. Boasting 135 horsepower (a 34 pony boost) and 150 lb-ft. Of torque (a 52 lb-ft. Jump), the new Fiat 500 Turbo bridges the gap between the standard model and the pocket rocket 500 Abarth. The Turbo also includes its own body kit, suspension and steering tuning, plus sport seats inside.

Otherwise, the line adds a newly optional Beats by Dr. Dre audio system and 500 Sport and Turbos are available with premium leather seats. The 500 and 500c Lounge models are also now available with a five-speed manual gearbox in addition to their formerly standard automatic transmissions.

Some powertrain tweaks including a revised final drive gear ratio increase the non-turbo models' highway fuel economy to 40 mpg (up from 38 mpg).


Jeep Compass. A few drivetrain tweaks boost 2.0-liter/five-speed manual Compasses to 30 mpg on the highway. The only other change of note is the addition of two new exterior shades.

Jeep Grand Cherokee. A short 2013 model year brings with it a new off road-oriented trim level for the Grand Cherokee. The Trailhawk package adds 18-inch Goodyear Silent Armor tires with special Kevlar-reinforced sidewalls for extra rock-crawling strength, plus rocker protection, extra skid plates, a height-adjustable air suspension and the automaker's Selec-Terrain off road control knob. V8 models add an electronic limited-slip rear differential, and all models get several unique styling accents.

The rest of the lineup is essentially unchanged, although range-topping Overland Summit models add a new all-black leather interior choice, folding power mirrors and a front park assist radar. A refreshed 2014 Grand Cherokee with an eight-speed automatic will hit the market early next year.

Jeep Patriot. Jeep's cheapest vehicle benefits from the same drivetrain tweaks as its Compass sibling, which boost highway fuel economy to 30 mpg.

Jeep Wrangler. After receiving a new standard V6 engine last year, Wrangler gains new seats, extra interior accent lighting and a standard auto-dimming mirror. An Alpine audio system is newly optional, while long-wheelbase Unlimited models gain an easier-to-use softop. On all models, that soft top features a revised material that is said to be both quieter and easier to clean.

Finally, Wrangler Rubicon and Sahara modes are treated to new wheel designs in 17 and 18-inch diameters, respectively.

A new Wrangler Moab edition derives its name from the rocky Utah town that hosts countless off roaders every year. A hybrid of the Sahara and Rubicon models, the Moab includes Rubicon wheels and an electronic-locking rear differential, as well as a 45:1 crawl ratio. Mopar-supplied styling and functional add-ons include a special hood, rock rails and off road bumpers, while leather seats are standard.