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Are we getting a Pacifica — or an Aspen?

by David Zatz on

Sergio Marchionne, CEO of Fiat Chrysler, has made it clear that a large minivan-based crossover is once again in the works, though he hedged about whether it had been “green-lighted.”  With crossovers selling well and minivans stable or fading, the idea has merit — and the newly renovated Windsor minivan plant could likely take a minivan-based crossover in its stride.

Another minivan-based crossover was the Chrysler Pacifica, a mildly critically acclaimed car that was generally unknown to the public. The styling was usually seen as attractive, but pricing was fairly high; it used the 250 hp 3.5 V6 (later joined by a 3.8) which could not be found on minivans.

The brand’s only other SUV was the Chrysler Aspen, a restyled Dodge Durango which saw mild success for a brief time before both Durango and Aspen sales plummeted in the face of rising fuel prices.

Either name, or a simple number such as 700, could be used for the new crossover, but as Steve St. Laurent pointed out, Chrysler has most recently trademarked the Pacifica name — which could show which one they’re favoring. It would be ironic to use the name, though, after closing down the Pacifica design studios.

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