Plug-In Van And Full Size SUV Coming To Chrysler Starting In 2016
The Chrysler brand laid their “5 year plan” for the future on the table to today.
Executives said that the brand will compete in all segments, which would appear to include the plug-in segment as well!
So beside new cars like the 100 compact (think Dodge Dart) to go up against the Corolla in 2016, a new 300 and a new crossover, Chrysler is once again going to make a plug-in Town & Country minivan… Déjà vu to 2008 and ‘old’ Chrysler’s ENVI program?
Past this plug-in van which will be released in 2 years time, for 2017 Chrysler is going to launch a full size plug-in SUV as well (which might end up a Dodge or Jeep in reality).
There is scant details on either vehicle at this time, but Chrysler CEO/President Al Gardner said that the van will get “75 miles per gallon”.
Naturally this 75 mpg statement could mean just about anything when it comes to the van’s electric abilities and how it operates, but we will cut Mr. Gardner some slack as hardly anyone at the Fiat-owner Chrysler has been able to utter anything publically about a plug in years.
What we know for sure is both the new products will be PHEVs, and that Chrysler’s original ambitions were to put 35-40 miles of electric range into their converted EVs.
Regardless of whatever capabilities the plug-in projects end up having, we welcome Chrysler back into the fold…and commend them for not making another compact electric car.
If interested, one can check out Chrysler’s full 5 year plan (in 38 page PDF form) here.