The Dodge Caravan and Grand Caravan defined a segment for years, but what goes up must come down, as they say. Sales of the Grand Caravan have plummeted since their high point in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
To keep with the times, the Dodge Caravan will reportedly run out of road in 2020 and a crossover will replace the staple minivan, The Windsor Star reported on Tuesday. If a new Dodge crossover does not surface to replace the Grand Caravan, Fiat-Chrysler may simply introduce a more affordable Chrysler Pacifica variant to keep budget-minded consumers in its tent.
Sam Fiorani, vice president of global vehicle forecasting with AutoForecast Solutions, said both options are on the table and it’s not clear which route FCA will take when the Grand Caravan does die. However, without the Caravan, FCA will lose production scale with the Pacifica. It’s inevitable something replaces the minivan at the Windsor plant where it builds both minivans.
Much of FCA’s products are up for renewal in the coming years including the Charger, Challenger and the Journey. The latest reports peg the Charger and Challenger to ride on Alfa Romeo’s Giorgio platform, which underpins the Giulia and Stelvio. A Maserati platform is also possible. The Journey will reportedly move to embrace performance and share quite a bit with the Alfa Romeo Stelvio crossover.