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Why you can’t buy a Caravan or Journey in the most populous states; and Caravan cancellation confirmed (updated)

by David Zatz on

The 2020 Dodge Grand Caravan and 2020 Dodge Journey are not for sale in some of the nation’s most populous states—California, New Jersey, and New York—along with Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington.

What those states all have in common is adhering to California emissions rules, and an FCA spokesman confirmed that the reason is new emissions rules which make the original Pentastar engine unsellable, while the newer PSU (Pentastar Upgrade) model is fine. FCA did write point out that 2019 models remain available.

While Dodge could have swapped in the PSU at any time over the last few years, it would have required recalibration, retesting, and recertification, on models which few outside of FCA really expected to last this long. Grand Caravan production is slated to end on May 22, according to the Windsor Star; and with it, three shifts at Windsor, at least for the time being.

The Journey also has a four-cylinder, but it too is dated, and while FCA did not mention it, the old 2.4 may also fail the new standards.

Many have speculated that both vehicles will leave production this year. The Journey has fewer models and options than in the past, and the Grand Caravan is being replaced by a less expensive Pacifica dubbed the Chrysler Voyager. Whether this means a direct replacement for the Journey is at hand—the long-rumored Chrysler version of the Jeep Grand Commander—is hard to say; as is whether Canadians will see a badge-engineered Dodge Caravan based on the Chrysler Voyager, since the Caravan is a major seller in Canada and Chrysler minivans have traditionally garnered little attention north of the border.

Update: Ralph Gilles has reportedly hinted of a new “urban” vehicle on the way, which would likely be the Portal or domesticated Grand Commander (Chinese version shown below). This is to be shown at the New York Auto Show in April.

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