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New Chrysler Crossover Coming This Year?

New Chrysler Crossover Coming This Year?

Enthusiast website AllPar is reporting that Chrysler will launch a new midsize crossover in 2017. The report reignites rumors from over two years ago that Fiat-Chrysler planned to provide the brand with a crossover this year for the 2018 model year, which would mean this new FCA product is one that is remarkably not delayed.

According to the report the new Chrysler product will ride on an extended version of the Jeep Cherokee platform, meaning it will be front-wheel-drive with optional all-wheel-drive. While the Cherokee is a five-seater, earlier reports suggested the Chrysler model will have three rows of seats and with good reason.

FCA feels the Chrysler sales channel needs a replacement for the Dodge Journey, which is slated to move to the Giorgio rear-wheel-drive platform, built in Italy. Given the Journey provides seating for seven, it seems plausible to assume the indirect Chrysler replacement will seat as many.

Production of the Jeep Cherokee is in the process of shifting from the company’s Toledo, Ohio plant to Belvidere, Illinois. Once the transition is complete, FCA will allegedly have production capacity in Belvidere to produce an additional model, such as this alleged Chrysler crossover.

Details such as the name of this crossover are still not known. The AllPar report suggests it will offer three engine options, including a base four-cylinder, a turbocharged four and a V-6 will all be in the fold.

If this crossover pans out, it is rumored to hit the market as early as late summer 2017. Not only will this vehicle replace the Journey, but also remind everyone that the Chrysler brand still really exists. Right now there are only two Chrysler models in production: the 300 sedan and the new Pacifica.


About Nick Saporito

AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Jan 3, 2017 at 3:47 pm

    I think Chrysler is ripe to disappear. Why delay the inevitable....? FCa has too many brands....

    Ditch fiat....create a sales channel of Maserati, alfa
    and abarth.....

    Dodge Ram Jeep and call it a day.


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  1. ScarredKnight
    I didn't think the Journey had 3 row seating. If it does, every one of them should have a roof rack standard, because there is no room behind the second row.

    It does! A cousin & his wife have one. They love it, particularly the 3rd row seating ... but are not fond of the lack of additional space in the back.

    Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com

    pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc

    "Nothing can take the place of being there" | Marvin Gaye | 'Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing'
    Yep, it does.

    If I have any friends that own one, I call shotgun for life.
    Something needed years ago.
    This will be a great sales infusion for the Chrysler brand. Hopefully this is more of a Journey-replacement than a Durango-replacement. FCA will lose Durango customers if the replacement is radically downsized.
    At this rate, Dodge won't have any products either...
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