Future small cars from Fiat Chrysler Automobile's house of brands will ride on PSA Group architecture. According to an Automotive News report on Friday, FCA's future small cars will use the French automaker's Common Modular Platform (CMP underpins the new ) as the two march toward a . The combined company will be known as when the corporate and legal dust settles.
The report cited a letter FCA sent to suppliers asking them to halt any research and development for small and subcompact vehicle models. (Vehicles such as theand fall into this specific category, for some context.) Automotive News reported FCA had already retooled its small-car architecture to fit other powertrains such as electric motors and batteries, and the new 500 was the first to take advantage of the platform. More than likely, the 500 will be the only car to use the updated architecture.
An FCA spokesperson confirmed the platform sharing and clarified this move comes "separately from any merger negotiation." They added, "Due to confidentiality and obvious competitiveness reasons, at this stage we will not detail more" at this time.
Additional platform sharing is all but guaranteed when FCA and PSA officially become Stellantis. The ultimate goal of the merger is to create a leaner operation through common engineering and increased synergies. It will also likely be quite a boon to PSA as it prepares to relaunch thesoon.
Ultimately, it's not clear if this specific platform sharing will have massive impacts in the US. FCA doesn't sell many small cars stateside as trucks and SUVs become the norm. The most recent small car FCA sold in the US was the , which exited production along with the sedan.