Chrysler preparing two new crossovers?
Chrysler is preparing to fill the gaping chasm in its lineup.
A new report finds Chrysler is about to embark on a crossover offensive in order to boost both sales and profits.
Currently, the company's lineup is made up of the 200, the 300 (pictured), and the Town & Country minivan, which is scheduled to be replaced in the coming months. Chrysler was allegedly ready to expand its lineup as early as next year with an entry-level compact model called 100, but website AllPar reports the sedan has been put on the back burner for the time being. Instead, executives have approved the development of at least two soft-roaders.
The offensive will begin in 2017 when Chrysler launches a family-friendly seven-seater crossover aimed at the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander. Likely built on the same platform as the aforementioned new Town & Country, the yet-unnamed model will be bigger than a Dodge Durango, and it will be available with a fuel-sipping gasoline-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain.
The seven-seater crossover will be joined by a smaller five-seater model built to take on the Ford Edge and the Hyundai Santa Fe. It is scheduled to arrive as a 2019 model, meaning it will make its official debut at a major auto show in 2018. It's too early to tell what platform it will be built on, but engineers have a lot of options to choose from in the Fiat-Chrysler parts bin.
Chrysler hasn't commented on the rumor, so only time will tell if the 100 has simply been delayed by a few months in order to bring more profitable crossovers to the market, or if it has been canceled altogether.
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