Chrysler Reportedly Developing a Crossover to Add to Its Lineup
If you’re thinking about purchasing a Chrysler vehicle, right now your options are pretty limited. Chrysler currently sells a mere two models: the Chrysler 300 sedan and the Chrysler Pacifica minivan.
According to Fiat Chrysler’s current CEO, the brand could soon be receiving a much-needed addition to its lineup. Sergio Marchionne confirmed the development of a Chrysler crossover during the North American International Auto Show.
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Motor Trend caught up with Marchionne during the automotive event to discuss some of FCA’s upcoming vehicle models. Among other vehicles, like the Jeep-based pickup truck, Marchionne confirmed that a crossover was in development for Chrysler.
“We have the car designed and we’re ready to go,” Marchionne told Motor Trend. “The platform is ready, and the plant can take it. We can probably get it up and running in 18 months.”
The aforementioned platform for the crossover will be the same one that the Chrysler Pacifica currently uses. As a result, the Chrysler crossover will likely be a large, three-row model.
Chances are that the crossover will be built in the same location as the Pacifica: the Windsor Assembly Plant in Ontario. Production of the model was allegedly delayed to make sure that the Chrysler brand got it completely right before it officially entered production.
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Since the crossover will share a platform with the Pacifica, it raises the possibility that Chrysler could create a hybrid version of the new vehicle. Doing so would give Chrysler a competitive advantage over competitors that currently lack hybrid technologies in their most popular crossovers and SUVs.
With Chrysler sales declining 19% during 2017, the sooner this Chrysler crossover arrives, the better.