Discussion in 'Mopar / FCA News' started by Dave Z, Apr 7, 2017.
They have to introduce this as a Chrysler in the US. It fits like a glove in Chrysler.
FCA is on a roll with PHEV.
What's awesome here is that this is a step toward Chrysler offering Plug in Hybrid across their range of CUV sizes. I still think the Chrysler = Useful Tech strategy is progressing despite little physical evidence in the US.
The Chrysler version will be styled differently. Significantly different based on the comments Sergio made. They could have just slapped a Chrysler badge on this and called it a day, but they wanted the styling to set it apart from the competition. I'm glad that this decision was made. It's a very competitive market segment.
100% agree, plus I think it is important that a Chrysler version at least offer rear passenger entertainment like in the Pacifica.
Is that a front wheel drive car with the rear wheels powered by the battery? If so is this what they're thinking with the AWD CUV and Pacifica?
I hope the Chrysler version presents a design language that builds upon the 300. Even if the Pacifica is a handsome vehicle the 300 is in a league of its own.
Pacifica is nice, but in the crossover segment it would need a more expressive design than the Pacifica and 200 design language which is somewhat bland compared to others.
What is taking so long to bring this to America as a Chrysler? and does anyone know a timeline???
More to come!
Jeep Grand Commander PHEV Revealed In China, Will Go On Sale In 2019
As you’re well aware, Jeep has a China-specific model in the guise of the Grand Commander. Previewed by the plug-in hybrid Yuntu Concept in 2017, pricing for the seven-seat sport utility vehicle starts at 279,800 yuan, translating to $44,435.
The pricing was released by GAC FCA at an event where the Grand Commander was joined by the plug-in hybrid version of the SUV. And that’s the focus of this story, despite the fact GAC FCA didn’t release much information on the eco-friendly model, let alone pricing and output.
What we do know, however, is that the Grand Commander PHEV will hit Chinese dealers in early 2019. Fuel economy is rated at “less than 2 liters per 100 kilometers,” converting to 117.6 miles per gallon. If that sounds a little bit impossible, that’s because it is, more so if you bear in mind that fuel economy in China is rated using the not-exactly-accurate New European Driving Cycle.
The plug-in hybrid Grand Commander exhibited by Jeep in China shows 3 kilometers on the odometer, as well as a 100-percent charge of the battery. As for the driving range, the digital instrument cluster shows a big fat zero, which means that this is nothing but an early prototype. Something else we don’t know is the type of plug-in solution that Jeep used, though it’s not hard to imagine that GAC FCA borrowed tech from the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid.
Both models ride on the Compact U.S. Wide platform, though the Jeep comes as standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 and the Pacifica with a 3.6-liter naturally aspirated Pentastar V6. The Pacifica Hybrid, meanwhile, has a 16-kWh Li-Ion battery that’s good for 33 miles of electric drive.
For the time being, the Grand Commander can be had with two versions of the 2.0-liter turbo, packing 234 and 265 horsepower, respectively. Both of them are matched with the ZF 9HP nine-speed transmission, developed for front-transverse applications that include the Jeep Renegade.
Jeep Grand Commander PHEV Revealed In China, Will Go On Sale In 2019 (at https://www.autoevolution.com/news/jeep-grand-commander-phev-revealed-in-china-will-go-on-sale-in-2019-125050.html# )
What are the sales forcast in China for these?
Launching a new vehicle isn't the easiest thing to do...just ask Elon Musk
Besides, they are not "bring".... FCA will be manufacturing the North American Chrysler version at Belvidere, Illinois replacing the Dodge Journey.
The tried the 300 design language on the Aspen and T&C with blah results it just didn’t translate. Hopefully something new and distinctive
Ha ha people think FCA is the only one to have launch problems
The overall goal for FCA & Exor is 1 million Jeep's annually in China.
June 1st Investor Day with the 2022 Plan along with first divided since Chrysler's Bankruptcy will also make the Jeep China goal date known to the world.
It isn’t easy, indeed. But Elon Musk and Tesla can be forgiven to some extent for being new to automaking. FCA doesn’t have that excuse.
PS: just imagine what a Google car would be like...
Do buyers in non-English speaking markets get annoyed with American products that keep labeling in English? Imagine the outrage if Toyota were labeled in Japanese.