Dodge Grand Caravan to stick around until mid-2019.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reportedly axed plans to build a crossover based on the Chrysler Pacifica.
Citing Auto Forecast Solutions, Autoline is reporting the model was scheduled to go into production at the company's plant in Windsor, Ontario in 2018. However, those plans have apparently been cancelled so the company can continue to build the Dodge Grand Caravan until mid-2019.
The full-size crossover was originally announced in 2014 and would have joined the Chrysler lineup as a spiritual successor to the Aspen. The model was designed to compete with a handful of other large crossovers including the Buick Enclave, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander.
Chrysler declined to mention performance specifications but the company confirmed plans for a plug-in hybrid variant. The latter model would have likely used a 3.6-liter Atkinson-cycle V6 engine, a dual-motor electrically variable transmission, and a 16 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. In the Pacifica Hybrid, the powertrain enables the minivan to travel approximately 30 miles on electricity alone.
The news is somewhat surprising but crossover fans aren't completely out of luck. Chrysler's five-year plan also called for a mid-size crossover to compete with the Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain, and Ford Edge.