Fiat Chrysler has reportedly scrapped plans to produce a new crossover based on the same platform as the 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan, according to The Windsor Star.
“Over the last few years, plans for the crossover have been on and off several times,” Joe McCabe, president and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions, told The Star.
It’s not clear if the new crossover was to be a Chrysler vehicle only or if it would appear under the Dodge or Jeep banners, however late last year Chrysler filed a trademark application for the ‘Aspen’ name. The ‘Aspen’ nameplate was last used on a full-size Chrysler SUV produced between 2007-2009 that shared a platform with the second-generation Dodge Durango.
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne was recently quoted in saying the Chrysler Pacifica’s platform could serve as the basis for the next-generation Chrysler 300 sedan, which will be a front/all-wheel drive vehicle. If the 300 were to share a platform with the Pacifica, it’s possible the sedan could be produced alongside the minivan at FCA’s Windsor, Ontario assembly plant.
McCabe also mentioned that the Dodge Grand Caravan, which has remained in production at the Windsor plant and will continue to serve as an alternative to the 2017 Pacifica, will continue to be produced through to 2019. FCA had previously said the vehicle’s sales performance would decide its fate.
“Our latest information points to FCA extending the Caravan for a couple of more years and holding off plans on the crossover right now,” he said. “This speaks to the fluid nature of FCA’s product plans going forward.”