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.