While Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has introduced an all new generation of the full size van as the Chrysler Pacifica, complete with all new architecture, it appears it has plans to keep making the Dodge Grand Caravan until the middle of 2019.
According to the latest report, to be able to continue the production of the Dodge Grand Caravan, FCA will have to backtrack from the planned development of a crossover that was going to use the new platform from the Chrysler Pacifica. It appears the latter was intended for production at the company’s assembly complex in Windsor, Ontario in 2018. But the plans were tossed away because the automaker wants to keep making the Dodge Grand Caravan model until around 2019. The full-size SUV model should have been an homage for the Aspen and has been announced since 2014 – it should have taken on direct rivals such as the Buick Enclave, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.
Chrysler was coy on specifics at the time, but the crossover should have also deployed the plug in hybrid powertrain taken once again from the Pacifica. That meant it would have used a 3.6-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine, a dual-motor electrically variable transmission, and a 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. Fitted inside the Pacifica Hybrid, the electric range is of up to 30 miles. This is of course a bit surprising considering the hype around crossovers and SUVs these days, and the fact that large MPVs are not selling that well lately.