Chrysler brand president and CEO Al Gardner believes there is money to be made in the seven-passenger crossover segment, which is why Chrysler plans to have a model by 2017 to compete against the GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, and Chevrolet Traverse.
According to Motor Trend, Chrysler will likely follow the segment formula of front-wheel drive/all-wheel drive platform powered by a V6 engine. Gardner also expects to maximize investment by utilizing existing architecture, so it’s also likely that the new crossover will be built off the next-generation minivan platform, which should give Chrysler the ability to offer a plug-in hybrid variant.
To distinguish the future crossover from the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, the crossover will adopt SUV styling cues while sharing the minivan’s underpinnings. Beyond the underpinnings, both vehicles will likely share powertrain, from standard V6 engines to the plug-in hybrid. Chrysler could also offer the smaller 3.2L Pentastar V6 or the larger 3.6L Pentastar V6 in the crossover to provide customers with various fuel economy and power options. Could we see the Aspen name return to the Chrysler stable?