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The MPV segment is growing quickly and it appears as though Dodge it getting set to join in. In Fiat’s larger plan for the Chrysler Group, company CEO Sergio Marchionne included a seven-seat multi-purpose-vehicle (MPV) destined for U.S. showrooms in 2012.
Based on the upcoming Fiat compact car platform this new model would compete against the Mazda5, Kia Rondo and the upcoming Ford Grand C-Max. (Oddly, GM has decided not to introduce its Orlando MPV into the U.S. market).
The team at Motor Trend makes the case that the new MPV would best be branded as a Dodge, targeting young families and more focused on the fun youth market. This makes sense as Mazda markets the 5 to exactly those same customers.
Power would likely come from the new 2.4-liter 4-cylinder World Engine, which gets Fiat’s variable valve Multiair technology to produce 190-hp and 175 ft-lbs of torque.
Hit the link below to see Motor Trend’s full rendering of what the Dodge MPV could look like. Or, click here to see an earlier rendering of a Fiat Multipla, rendered by the same artist.
Grand C-Max a possible Mazda5 competitor for North American market
Last week we brought you a story about Ford’s upcoming C-Max that is scheduled to debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show tomorrow (September 15th). We suggested that the multi-activity vehicle could eventually find its way to U.S. shores. Today, we’d like to revise our suggestion as Ford has released images of the Grand C-Max – a more likely candidate for North American shores.
Like the standard C-Max, the Grand C-Max is based on the same global architecture that is found in the upcoming next-generation Ford Focus and will be powered by an turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine.
Compared to the standard, the Grand C-Max gets a longer wheelbase with three rows of seats. There is room for 7 thanks to a three-person middle row with two captain’s chairs joined by a removable third seat. The MAV also gets sliding side doors much like a conventional minivan or the Mazda5.
As we suggested in our last story, with Ford selling off much of its stake in Mazda and the Mazda5 being a dominant vehicle in an emerging market segment in North America, we could definitely see Ford bring a version of the Grand C-Max to this side of the Atlantic to take back a segment it once owned (literally and figuratively).
GALLERY: Ford Grand C-Max