Among the approximately two dozen vehicles making their world or North American debut at the 2003 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, few are as secretive as the one coming from DaimlerChrysler. At the first major auto show of the year, Dodge executives will reveal its newest concept vehicle during a news conference on Jan. 2.

The Chrysler Group has promised to abandon its current cab-forward styling when it replaces the Dodge Intrepid and Chrysler 300M and Concorde with rear-wheel-drive models. An unauthorized photo in Automotive News indicates the new styling direction at DaimlerChrysler. Look for a low hood line, tall wheel openings, and a lower greenhouse.

“This all-new concept is very significant for the Chrysler Group,” comments Trevor M. Creed, senior vice president of design at DaimlerChrysler. “It provides a strong glimpse of where we are going in the future plus a new level of innovation that is second to none.”

Originally posted on Fleet Financials