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Is this the new Chrysler crossover?

by David Zatz on

Insiders have told us of two Chrysler crossovers in the works, one an apparently delayed offshoot of the “RA” Pacifica minivan, and one based on the CUSW platform that was used for the Dart, 200, and Cherokee.

Chrysler crossover spy shot

Chatter got quiet for a while, and then the screens lit up with talk of a dual-purpose vehicle — to be sold in China as the Jeep K8, but in America as a Chrysler, because it can’t live up to the Jeep promise (and because Jeep is awash in vehicles already).  This is based on the Cherokee, but it’s apparently different enough to be called “more than a stretched Cherokee” by two sources.

Tailgate detail - spy shot

The mule shown here is obviously a Cherokee from the front door forward, which isn’t surprising since we wouldn’t expect the new K8 or Chrysler Portal (or whatever) to be different up front. You can see numerous bulges under the camouflage which either suggest that FCA has gotten serious about confusing us, which we doubt, or that this is not a K8, Yuntu, or next-generation Cherokee. Hence our guess that it’s the future Chrysler crossover — news that Chrysler fans have been waiting for since the brand fell to one (shared) car and one minivan.

Cherokee-based mule

Chrysler crossover based on Jeep K8 (Yuntu)

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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