The Neon nameplate has always been reserved for a small compact car. Even though it was discontinued in North America 15 years ago, we can still find models with this name in certain parts of the world. This refers particularly to the Mexican and Middle East markets, where we can still find this model. However, this model is completely different from what we were seeing in North America. It is practically a rebadged version of the European compact, Fiat Tipo. These days, we can find reports that suggest this nameplate could come back to North America, as the 2022 Dodge Neon.
If this happens, we don’t believe that this will be a rebadged Fiat Tipo. Instead, we are pretty sure that FCA would develop a completely new model. Also, it’s hard to believe that this model could pass once again as a compact hatchback or a sedan, though we won’t exclude this possibility. However, a small crossover with this name seems like a more probable option. At this point, we can only speculate.
2022 Dodge Neon Design
At this point, the 2022 Dodge Neon is just a rumor. So, the best we could do is to speculate. At this point, we see two possibilities for this nameplate. Of course, one is to see a compact car once again, based on Fiat Tipo. The other possibility is to see a more contemporary approach, which would mean a small crossover.
Compact Car Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the first possibility is to see a compact passenger car once again. If this happens, we are pretty sure that the 2022 Dodge Neon wouldn’t be any different compared to the model we can find in Mexico. That is practically a rebadged Fiat Tipo, which comes with slight revision at the front and few tweaks on the rear end. Essentially, the design differences are minimal.
The catch with such a design is that the new Neon would be really affordable. The Mexican model costs just around 12.000 dollars, and that’s amazing for something that actually competes in the segment of compact cars, where you can find models like Civic or Corolla, which are significantly more expensive. The secret is in a simplistic design. The aforementioned Japanese models are far superior in every aspect but we have no doubt that many drivers would rather pay a bargain price for a decently-sized car.
Another interesting thing is that Fiat Tipo comes in three body styles. You can get a sedan layout, a compact hatchback style, and even a wagon. Such versatility with such an affordable price sounds like music to our ears.
2022 Dodge Neon Crossover
The other possibility is to offer 2022 Dodge Neon in a more contemporary layout. Of course, we are thinking of a small crossover and there are many possibilities in this scenario. As you know, FCA is now part of the Stellantis, which also includes carmakers like Peugeot, Citroen and Opel. Peugeot already announced that they have a plan to get back to the North American market, so we wouldn’t be surprised if we see one of the rebadged crossovers with this nameplate.
In that case, the 2022 Dodge Neon would come either as a subcompact or compact crossover. Of course, we are thinking of a rebadged version of models like 2008 or 3008, which definitely have a lot of great things to offer. These SUVs look fantastic, offer solid mechanics and offer stylish interior designs that are pretty much on par with most premium carmakers.
Still, keep in mind that most reports suggest that Peugeot models would rather come under Chrysler’s badge in North America.
When Could We Expect to See 2022 Dodge Neon?
At this point, it’s really hard to say, because the 2022 Dodge Neon is just a rumor for now. The officials are still quiet on this matter.