Chrysler's New Big Crossover Will Have a Minivan Platform

That means it won't be based on the Durango.

The days of the Dodge Grand Caravan are numbered. However, the Chrysler Town & Country is still selling well enough to warrant a next-generation model. That car is likely to arrive around 2016. And in addition to that, Chrysler is also at work on a new seven-passenger crossover that’ll go head-to-head with the likes of the Chevrolet Traverse and the Toyota Highlander. But wait, can’t the Dodge Durango handle this segment?

The answer is no, simply because that vehicle’s rear-wheel-drive platform isn’t large enough and is supposedly a little too aggressive for many buyers. According to Motor Trend, Chrysler’s next minivan platform will also underpin that Traverse rivaling crossover. Obviously it’ll be front-wheel-drive, but all-wheel drive will be an option. Power is expected to come from a V6, either the 3.2- or 3.6-liter unit, or perhaps both. The 3.6 Pentastar could be optional. A plug-in hybrid variant is also expected. Styling wise, Chrysler hinted to Motor Trend that this big crossover and the next Town & Country won’t look much alike. Yes, they’ll have Chrysler’s latest styling language, but don’t expect near clones.

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