New Chrysler Aspen in the works?

Chrysler killed off its Chrysler Aspen SUV after just three model years, but the premium ute could be primed for a return.

The Chrysler Aspen was a short-lived experiment - having only lasted three model years - but a new-age version of the failed SUV could be in the works. Chrysler is reportedly working on a more luxurious version of the new Dodge Durango for the Chrysler brand.

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Chrysler is working on a new premium SUV. Like its former Aspen model, Chrysler's new luxury SUV will be based on the Dodge Durango. The Durango stopped production alongside the Aspen in 2009, but will rejoin the Dodge lineup later this year.

No other details were given, but the Chrysler SUV won't likely wear the Aspen badge. Chrysler is reportedly developing the new SUV under the Citadel nameplate.

Given the ute's platform mates - the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee - are already in or close to arriving at dealerships, we suspect the Chrysler version won't be too far behind. As long as Chrysler doesn't put the brakes on the project, we could see a production version of the Cadillac Escalade rival sometime next year.

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