Hot News: 2015 Chrysler TD

What It Is: Fiat’s inadequate quid to Chrysler’s pro quo. In exchange for building the Jeep Grand Cherokee–based Maserati Kubang crossover—as well as the 200 and 300 sold as Lancias in Europe—Chrysler got Italian help with the styling, as well as the fluffing and tufting of  this compact folding-hardtop convertible.

Why It Matters: Chrysler refuses to let go of its pseudo-luxury delusions, and this is proof that Fiat is nurturing them. This car is only worth waiting for to see how many people storm Chrysler headquarters bearing torches.

Platform: The Dodge Dart’s, which is adapted from the Alfa Romeo Giulietta’s.

Powertrain: A 160-hp, 1.4-liter turbocharged four shared with the Fiat 500 Abarth will be the base engine, but the TD will be the first vehicle available in the U.S. with Fiat’s turbocharged TwinAir 0.9-liter two-cylinder. The engine makes 85 horsepower in its current European applications, but something closer to 87 is likely for the TD.

Competition: Ostensibly the Volkswagen Eos and the Mini Cooper convertible, but the TD will mostly do battle with the reputation of its predecessor, the TC.
Thanks to: Car and Driver


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