Chrysler has canceled plans to produce a crossover based on its Pacifica minivan.
The crossover and SUV segment is quickly becoming the most popular market worldwide, but it appears Chrysler will hold off on adding a new crossover to its lineup. Windsor Star cites a report from AutoForecast Solutions that says Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has decided to axe a crossover based on the Pacifica platform. In addition, the American automaker will reportedly continue producing the Dodge Grand Caravan until July 2019, two years later than the previous forecast.
FCA’s original five-year product plan has a full-size crossover and plug-in hybrid variant slated to launch in 2017. Earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show, however, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne said that the company had not yet made a decision on a crossover.
AutoForecast Solutions also believes that there won’t be a next-generation Chrysler 300, even though Marchionne alluded that it could be built on the same platform as the Pacifica. “We are calling for the end of the 300 in Brampton,” said Joe McCabe, president and CEO of AutoForecast Solutions. “It was a huge seller when it was launched, but sales have since dwindled.”
McCabe added that it’s looking more likely that FCA is getting out of the car business so that it can focus on its Jeep, Ram and minivan models.
[Source: Windsor Star]
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