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FCA’s Ralph Gilles Drops A Rendering Of A Possible Future Product On Instagram

Famous FCA Design boss Ralph Gilles shares a rendering on Instagram and we want to know more.

  • Rendering looks like that of a future Dodge Challenger.
  • There’s a joke here too: the splitter guards are permanent.
  • This is a highly unusual move by a major automaker.

In these difficult times, it’s important to keep our chins up as much as possible. A little humor doesn’t hurt either. This seems to be the main reason why Ralph Gilles, Head of Design at FCA, has decided to share a rendering of a potential future product on social media.

If you follow the car scene, you’ve likely noticed the splitter-guard trend. In brief, FCA cars with factory front splitters are delivered with yellow guards to protect them during transport. Someone, in the last few months, decided to keep them on his/her car and the idea went viral. We assume this is one of the main reasons why Gilles decided to share this image.

The rendering could be that of a future Dodge Challenger as it’s definitely a sporty 2-door car – even though it’s been rejected, as Gilles says. The aggressive front end lends credence to this thought.

We’re not sure if it’s the colour or a combination of it and the up-and-down flowing body line but we also immediately thought of the Dodge Copperhead concept from way back in 1997. This then made us think of the Dodge Slingshot concept introduced in 2004 – both cool concepts!

1997 Dodge Copperhead concept | Photo: Dodge

Whatever this car may or may not become, thank you, Mr. Gilles, for sharing it and reminding us that there’s no other business like the car business.

2004 Dodge Slingshot Concept | Photo: Dodge

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Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,400 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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