Where are the Chrysler crossovers?
We’ve speculated recently that Chrysler will receive rebadged Peugeot vehicles, assuming they plan to bring those to the United States after the merger is finalized. Aside from those vehicles, we heard a while back that Chrysler was set to get two new crossovers: one midsize three-row crossover to replace the Dodge Journey, based on the Chinese Jeep Grand Commander, and a second full-size crossover based on a version of the Pacifica’s architecture. Recently though, there hasn’t been any news about either of those crossovers.
The midsize crossover was intended to be based on an extended version of the Compact US-Wide (CUSW) architecture that underpins the Jeep Cherokee. While Jeep released a Grand Commander (shown above) in China that rides on the extended CUSW architecture, the Chrysler version of this vehicle has yet to see the light of day. There have been prototypes of the Grand Commander caught testing on US soil, which were assumed to be development mules for the Chrysler version of this vehicle, since the Grand Commander is supposedly unable to meet Jeep’s Trail Rated requirements for North America. This model was set to replace the Journey in Dodge’s lineup, providing buyers with an affordable alternative to larger three-row crossovers.
There are even fewer details about Chrysler’s rumored full-size crossover. Apparently a few years ago, development was stopped on this vehicle before being later resumed. It was said to be a Chrysler alternative to the Chevrolet Traverse and Honda Pilot. Assuming this model is still in the cards, it may take the form of Chrysler’s flagship SUV with some 300 styling cues or with an adaptation of the design language introduced on the 200 and Pacifica. The rendering at the beginning of this article imagines a slightly more SUV-like design with higher ground clearance and a blend of Pacifica and 300 design language, while the rendering below imagines a more MPV-like approach, with design language more closely resembling the Pacifica.
Despite the lack of new products, the Chrysler is still hanging in there. They’ve recently introduced the Voyager, which is essentially a more affordable version of the Pacifica. The Voyager appears to be the company’s answer to Grand Caravan buyers who were upset by the upcoming discontinuation of the Dodge van, mostly because of its significant price advantage over the Pacifica. The 300 is also continuing to soldier on for now, with very minor updates such as new paint colors and new packages being added occasionally, though we expect the 300 to be discontinued soon.
There are many possibilities for vehicles that could make their way to the Chrysler brand. The CEO of PSA, Carlos Tavares, confirmed that no brands will need to be cut in the merger between FCA and PSA, so there are almost certainly new products in the pipeline for the Chrysler brand, though none have been confirmed at this time.
Ryan had an obsession with cars from a young age, reading NADA books and MotorTrend magazine as well as sketching cars in grade school. He has since moved on to creating renderings in Photoshop and writing about auto news. Ryan lives in Oklahoma. You can reach Ryan at +1.516-531-4021.