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Looking at the next Chrysler

Discussion in 'Mopar News' started by Dave Z, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. Dave Z

    Dave Z It's me, Dave
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    We are expecting two new Chrysler SUVs, and possibly three, within the next three years. The first is likely based on the Chinese Jeep Grand Commander, which shares a good deal with the Cherokee; the second may be based on the Pacifica; and the third would be based on the 2019 Ram 1500, giving Chrysler not one but two full-size, three-row SUVs and reminding one of the brand’s 1960s-70s lineup.

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    The rendering above, based on current Chrysler styling trends and, honestly, the Buick Enclave, shows one possible direction for Chrysler’s styling. This would be for the long-Cherokee (Yuntu, Grand Commander) version, most likely powered by a choice of a V6 engine and the eTorque four-cylinder-turbo-hybrid setup. It could also have a four-cylinder turbo without the hybrid, if it’s light enough to get away with that. The Pacifica-based and Ram-based Chryslers would almost certainly not be light enough to get away with a four cylinder turbo.

    Why not make the body-on-frame SUV a Dodge Ramcharger? Ignoring the number of doors — purists insist that Chargers and Ramchargers only have two doors — it would not be an especially performance-oriented vehicle, and Dodge is moving to being more performance-focused. Likewise, Ram is being aimed at the commercial-vehicle market even if most buyers of its pickups are still regular folk.

    As for names, we believe Atlantic will be assigned to at least one of the new vehicles; the rest are anyone’s guess. Aspen may re-appear, but neither Aspen made the history books as the most desirable car of their era, and that name might be best left buried. Chrysler does not have a long history of making trucks and SUVs, and perhaps a nautical theme, following Pacifica, makes as much sense as anything.

    Read the whole post here.
     
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  2. DarkSky

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    The Enclave was the best thing I found to base it on since the Durango has the wrong proportions and we don't have any other large FWD CUVs. Already shared a few basic design elements with the Pacifica anyway.
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  3. MJAB

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    If You have time, maybe You could use The Renault Espace as starting point.
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  4. badgerbeerman

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    Town and Country should be a no brainer. Why it was taken away was stupid. Would Toyota cancel the name Camry? Honda Accord,civic? I really wonder if these are in development. We haven't seen any prototypes on the road etc. It is a crime that
    Chrysler is the ONLY brand without a suv/cuv.
     
  5. DarkSky

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    That would be a good place to start for a production Portal. ;)
     
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  6. valiant67

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    We all know why Town & Country was taken away. It was supposedly due to consumer associations with the name.
    I'm sure they could round up another group an get the result that Town & Country was a good nameplate.
    If they wanted CUV buyers to consider a minivan, they should have had AWD available from the beginning rather than play "change the name" game again.
     
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  7. aldo90731

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    Town and Country may still be a good choice for a large, Ram-based, expensive 3-row Chrysler SUV, which is more likely to be bought by a more...ehem...mature audience.

    This stunning 1941 Chrysler Town and Country fetched a rich $572,000 at Shotheby's
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  8. cygnus

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    The Town and Country name isn't resonating with the generation currently having children - it's not coming back, let it go.
     
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  9. Mr. Fusion

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    I've said it before -- I thought "Town and Country" was a lame name in the 70's (admittedly as far back as my automotive memories go), and it's still a lame name now. They might as well call it Family Truckster. Keep the name buried along with its geriatric associations.
     
  10. DarkSky

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    The Town and Country isn't a very good choice for any SUV. People trading in their Town and Country will have to switch nameplates to the Pacifica already, what would they think if they traded in their van which was now an SUV for an SUV which became a van. o_O
     
  11. CudaPete

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    Actually it is Town & Country. Only car name with an ampersand in it. Unique in that aspect.
     
  12. aldo90731

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    Indeed. That’s the problem with phasing out names.

    However, Chrysler is still better off digging up a name from its old trunk than starting from scratch.
     
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  13. BobbiBigWheels

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    Love to see the side-impact rating for these wooden doors.
     
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  14. aldo90731

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    It’d probably get negative ratings due to splintering...

    Sort of like the Fiat Punto that just failed EU crash tests... :D
     
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  15. BobbiBigWheels

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    Tell me you didn't think wood-paneling or wood doors were attractive at any point Aldo.
     
  16. aldo90731

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    Actually, I find wood-bodied automobiles offered incredibly beautiful craftsmanship in their day. Especially those early Chryslers. But they were a pain to maintain from what I've read.

    By the time wood became nothing more than a vinyl decal, it stopped being attractive IMO.

    Having said that, Chrysler offered this Town & Country in the late-70s and early-80s which I found attractive for the very reason that the paneling was so outrageous :)
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  17. CherokeeVision

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    Maybe they need need words for the T and the C?
    T&C.
    Teenagers and COD. (Common Old Dudes)
    A new Chrysler vehicle so hip everyone wants it.

    Kind of like how the Regular Guy look was popular with teenagers in the Rodney Dangerfield movie Easy Money.
    :confused::eek::rolleyes:o_O
     
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  18. aldo90731

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    T/C Cruiser...? Never mind. Bringing a new name means starting from scratch.

    BTW, Chrysler may want to reuse the PT Cruiser name on its upcoming Compact CUV.

    Just don’t reuse it and dump it, like FCA did with Dart.
     
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    productionportal3.jpg
     

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    That might just be a good start toward a production portal! Nice work.
     

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